Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin got started in the sport by playing Little League baseball. He knows the importance of the program both on and off the field.
“It’s so encouraging to see it thrive and see it get stronger,” Stricklin said. “Not to mention the talent in the state of Georgia is off the charts.”
Stricklin was the guest speaker for the Martinez-Evans Little League banquet Friday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
The Senior League program played host to the Georgia Senior League State Championship Saturday and Sunday at Evans High School, with the Martinez-Evans Senior League Little League team winning.
A team from Martinez-Evans Little League is among those bidding for a state title.
Stricklin has appeared as a guest speaker at several functions since becoming head coach of the Bulldogs on June 3, 2013. He said he understands the importance of spreading the word about his program.
“I think it’s important for the University of Georgia to be very visible in this state in every way, shape and form,” he said. “I think it’s very important that people know the University of Georgia and our program value what Little League Baseball teaches.”
Stricklin, 42, led Georgia back to the SEC Tournament in his first year as coach in 2014. The Bulldogs battled injuries to key players but improved their record to 26-29-1, including 11-17-1 in the conference.
Stricklin is also heading a renovation of Foley Field, Georgia’s ballpark since 1966. Tabbed as the Foley Field Revival, updates include improved locker rooms, and new field and skybox seats.
The renovation is expected to be complete for the 2015 season.
Along with an updated stadium, Stricklin has a talent-rich state to help the recruiting process. Many players continue to begin their careers on Little League fields, and Stricklin recognizes that potential.
“We want to make sure we try to keep the best players in the state of Georgia and play in the SEC for Georgia,” he said. “We’re trying to create Georgia baseball fans among our young kids.”