|ISU club baseball returns for fourth season|
|Written by Rich Green, Daily Vidette Staff|
|Monday, 17 August 2009 20:39|
Bored? Missing home? Still looking to relive glory days 90 feet at a time? Then Illinois State Club Baseball is for you.
The ISU Club Baseball team is looking for players to fill out its fall league and is open to everyone of all ages who is enrolled at ISU and still maintains a passion for America’s Pastime.
Skill level holds no bearing as to who can sign up. Whether you are a former All-State pitcher or a catcher for your slow pitch softball team, does not matter.
"You can take the fall league as serious as you want, said Jake Hankins, ISU Club Baseball Treasurer and four-year player. "It gives people a chance to play more baseball."
The league is entering its fourth year of existence. More and more people are joining every year, making it the biggest club on campus.
"The league has definitely grown, said Hankins "We have better players and the league is much more efficient."
Not only does the league give people the chance to pursue an extended baseball career, but it also is a great chance to break the ice and meet new people.
"We have a great group of guys," Hankins said. "Two of my four roommates I met through Club Baseball."
Last year’s fall league consisted of eight teams with each team holding a roster of 17-18 players.
There will be no tryouts as rosters will be decided by the four person chair and four pre selected coaches who divide the players evenly.
All players get re-entered into a draft so no team is the same year to year, which keeps the league more competitive and less lopsided.
"Only one team was 5 games over .500 and the rest of the teams were basically around .500," said Recruiting Chair Chris Scholten.
The schedule usually runs through late October and consists of 15-20 games depending on how many teams the league will boast.
All games are played at O’Neil Park which resides about five minutes away from campus. Games are usually on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturdays and Sundays.
A champion is determined at the end of the year with a single elimination playoff and championship game.
The fall league is designed as a platform for a travelling spring team which will picked by the eight coaches at the end of the fall season. The committee bases their decision on attitude as well as performance.
"The fall is a tryout season with 25 kids making the spring team," said ISCB Jon Basinski. "The more people that come out, the more talent we see."
"Our main goal is to get a team together to beat Indiana University and the University of Illinois." Basinski added.
If anyone is interested in joining the ISU club baseball fall league there will be informational meetings held Aug. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. both nights in the College of Business in the Caterpillar Auditorium, Room 139.