’Cats conclude first season on the diamond

Jon Young

The spring season is in the books for NMU’s club baseball team and they have a busy summer in store as they hope to further the program.

The Wildcats didn’t win any of their non-scrimmage games, but captain and left fielder Brandon Frazho said he was impressed with how it all came together in the first year.

“I definitely think it was a good start,” Frazho said. “It was good to get some games in and be able to get the support of people behind us. We have a coach in place for next year and coaching staff; now we have more people interested. We are looking forward to making it a better season next year.”

In attempts to make next year better, the team is trying to join up with the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) and become an official club sport at NMU, which Frazho said would help spread the word.

“If we become a club sport, we do get that website and you do get your schedule posted and your game results up and I think that will be a big thing,” Frazho said. “If we can get that and be able to upload our roster just like any other sport, people will know and recognize more and know where we play and when we play.”

The team has been in contact with the NCBA. If able to join, they would have 20 to 40 games scheduled, along with discounts on baseball equipment.

The team would be in the Division II District V West Division, which includes Michigan Tech, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin D II, Winona State University and Lakehead University.

The ’Cats will hold tryouts in the first two weeks of the fall semester and will play this summer when they have the opportunity.

“We’re definitely looking for pitchers; that’s one of our biggest things,” Frazho said. “We’re also looking for infielders. We found some people who I think will definitely fit the bill, but who knows what kind of freshmen we get.”

The team is looking to run a youth clinic this summer in hopes of raising money for their squad. Those interested in learning more about the baseball team can call Brandon Frazho at (906) 227-4572 or email [email protected].