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Wally Ball looking for some power in postseason

August 15, 2007

Albany - The South Georgia Peanuts have used "Wally Ball" to make it to the first ever South Coast League championship series.

But Peanuts manager Wally Backman believes his team will need the long ball to win that league title.

The Peanuts boosted their lineup with Tuesday's trade for Anderson outfielder Desi Wilson.

 The former major leaguer is batting close to .400 since stepping down as the Joes skipper so he could play full time.

Wilson's bat should force teams to pitch to the Peanuts top hitter Doc Brooks.

Manager Wally Backman hoping to pull off another deal or two before Wednesday's midnight trading deadline.

Backman wanting to add some power to the lineup in case the Peanuts play Macon and their catcher Felipe Del Rosario in the championship series.

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Wally Backman said "He is not very accurate throwing to second base. If he happened to accurate for a couple of days, he could reallly hurt our running game.  That is one reason I have tried to change the style of our team a little bit."

To get Desi Wilson, the Peanuts sent outfielder Chris Demons to Anderson.

The Peanuts also learned that infielder Anthony Sandstrom will leave the team next week to play for the USA in a baseball tournament in Italy.