Club baseball takes mound

Dustin Anand

The Northern Michigan University men’s club baseball team pursues a chance for a spot in the playoffs when they head up against Grand Valley State University.

Sophomore first baseman Mitchell Parker is in his ninth year of baseball. (Courtesy of club baseball)
Sophomore first baseman Mitchell Parker is in his ninth year of baseball. (Courtesy of club baseball)

The ’Cats will continue to chase down a playoff spot as Week 18 approaches with a three-game series against GVSU. With a series win against GVSU, the men’s team will be contenders for a spot in the district regionals nearing the first week of May. Co-president sophomore first baseman Mitchell Parker said the team looks stronger and healthier this season.

“Talent-wise we are a lot better,” Parker said. “I am more excited about this season as we have more in-depth with our pitching and hitting.”

The ’Cats are a part of the Division II District V-East National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). The men’s team overall record is 7-2 thus far in the season. The ’Cats took a break after the fall season and now continue the second half of the season in the winter.

The ’Cats are in second place behind undefeated GVSU (11-0) and contend in their conference against Michigan Tech, Eastern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University.

Parker said this year has been looking good with the depth they have on their team and they focus to succeed for the remainder of the season.

“We have nine returning players and picked up eleven more this season,” Parker said. “Our team chemistry on and off the field is strong. We are more focused on our pitching game this year. Last year we were running out of options; our pitchers’ arms were getting tired throughout the season.”

The ’Cats had the opportunity to travel to Florida for a showcase the NCBA hosted. The ’Cats played against teams such as Florida Tech, Ohio and Xavier. The men’s team finished 2-3 overall.

The ’Cats scheduled games against Grand Valley State University were canceled this past weekend. They are looking to coordinate a set date to play at GVSU, according to junior co-president Drew Baden, most likely the rescheduled match-up will be the weekend of Friday, April 4. The ’Cats are tied for first with GVSU, as this is the first time they’ll be facing them this season.

Baden said the team looks much stronger than last season and the chemistry could not be better.

“We’ve been getting training a lot more in the gym now,” Baden said. “It’s hard to train when it’s mostly winter up here, so getting as much practice has been helpful. Getting a win against GVSU puts us in a good spot and it’ll be our first time entering the playoffs since starting the ball club three years ago.”

The Northern Michigan University men’s club baseball team pursues a chance for a spot in the playoffs when they head up against Grand Valley State University.

The ’Cats will continue to chase down a playoff spot as Week 18 approaches with a three-game series against GVSU. With a series win against GVSU, the men’s team will be contenders for a spot in the district regionals nearing the first week of May.

Co-president sophomore first baseman Mitchell Parker said the team looks stronger and healthier this season.

“Talent-wise we are a lot better,” Parker said. “I am more excited about this season as we have more in-depth with our pitching and hitting.”

The ’Cats are a part of the Division II District V-East National Club Baseball Association (NCBA). The men’s team overall record is 7-2 thus far in the season. The ’Cats took a break after the fall season and now continue the second half of the season in the winter.

The ’Cats are in second place behind undefeated GVSU (11-0) and contend in their conference against Michigan Tech, Eastern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University.

Parker said this year has been looking good with the depth they have on their team and they focus to succeed for the remainder of the season.

“We have nine returning players and picked up eleven more this season,” Parker said. “Our team chemistry on and off the field is strong. We are more focused on our pitching game this year. Last year we were running out of options; our pitchers’ arms were getting tired throughout the season.”

The ’Cats had the opportunity to travel to Florida for a showcase the NCBA hosted. The ’Cats played against teams such as Florida Tech, Ohio and Xavier. The men’s team finished 2-3 overall.

The ’Cats scheduled games against Grand Valley State University were canceled this past weekend. They are looking to coordinate a set date to play at GVSU, according to junior co-president Drew Baden, most likely the rescheduled match-up will be the weekend of Friday, April 4. The ’Cats are tied for first with GVSU, as this is the first time they’ll be facing them this season.

Baden said the team looks much stronger than last season and the chemistry could not be better.

“We’ve been getting training a lot more in the gym now,” Baden said. “It’s hard to train when it’s mostly winter up here, so getting as much practice has been helpful. Getting a win against GVSU puts us in a good spot and it’ll be our first time entering the playoffs since starting the ball club three years ago.”