Volume 92, Issue 17

Thursday, October 1, 1998

decisions decisions


Boys of summer aim for fall classic

By Jeremy Mandell
Gazette Writer

In a year full of baseball drama it is reassuring for some to know that Western has a little something to be excited about. Granted, no one is smashing 70 home runs this year – but the Mustang baseball team is chalk full of excitement.

Head coach and former Detroit Tiger Mike Lumley said the team "determined in pre-season that they had an excellent chance at advancing to this year's final in Nova Scotia."

After last year's inaugural 8-8 season, he is quite happy with this year's 6-4 record. Despite a slow start, the team has recently begun to gel together. According to Lumley the overall talent level of this year's team is far greater than that of last season's team and it was simply a matter of putting all the pieces into place.

Third-year lefty Adam Verdurmen, who currently has bragging rights to a 3-0 record and an unearthly era of 0.58, felt his team has every intention of winning the remaining six games. With averages such as third baseman Ken MacIntyre's .424, which places him amongst the league's elite and sound fundamental baseball, the Mustangs could prove a force to be reckoned with.

Aside from winning the championship, the team of young skilled ball players is really looking to make an impression in hope of gaining official CIAU status.

Currently the team is not sanctioned under the CIAU and functions independently of the university, while retaining its association by name only. There is a definite consensus within the league that those teams which remain unsanctioned will soon be welcomed to officially join the CIAU.

Problems still remain however, as Western officials have balked at any mention of according official varsity status to the baseball team regardless of the CIAU's decision. Prevailing sentiments around the team suggest the university's hesitation centers around financial issues.

Lumley feels in the future, if the team will be recognized by the CIAU yet Western continues to overlook their importance, tough times will come. "It will potentially make it very difficult for the team to continue playing in association with the university."

The team is hoping the necessary university officials will take notice and recognize this devote passion for the game and provide them with the proper support they need.

The Mustangs wil take the field this weekend at the London District Baseball Park as they take on Laurier in their homecoming match-up. The action gets underway at 1 p.m..

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