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Cougar baseball hoping to end the season on a positive note

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When I was a sophomore in high school, I ran the 800 meters for the track team. I wasn’t all that good, but I wasn’t terrible either.

In the first meet of the season, I got bumped up to the varsity race and was all sorts of nervous. The state champion cross country runner was in the same heat, and I seriously worried he would lap me.

On the final lap, I realized that wouldn’t happen, and I told myself that as along as I didn’t come in last, everything was a-OK. I knew at least one runner was behind me, so I will admit I took it a little easy as I approached the final turn. Suddenly, I could feel the last place runner on my heels. This was an invitational, so there were a lot of folks in the stands watching. Suddenly, me and the next slowest runner were in a dead sprint racing to the finish line to see who could come in 15th out of 16 runners. There was NO WAY I’d finish last!

Thankfully, I held him off and was crowned 15th-fastest out of 16. Hooray, me.

I bring this up because that’s kind of where the Cougar baseball team finds itself heading into today’s season finale against Utah. It hasn’t been a good year for the baseball team, and they are 10th in the 11-team Pac-12 (Colorado does not field a baseball team).

Who might be sitting one game behind them in 11th place, you might ask?

The Utah Utes!

Utah has one fewer conference win than WSU, making tonight’s game for all the marbles. At least the marbles they give to 10th-place teams.

The Cougs took game one of the three-game series on Thursday night. They had a chance to clinch 10th place last night but allowed eight runs in the last three innings to drop a 9-3 decision.

So tonight’s the night. It all comes down to this. A night where boys become men and fight for........10th place.

First pitch is at noon in Pullman.

Tyler Hilinski

NCAA Football: Boise State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Today is Tyler’s 22nd birthday.

As you know, his mom and brother are traveling around the state to raise awareness for Hilinski’s Hope. Today they will hike Mt. Rainier. God bless this family.

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Football

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Rowing

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Track and Field

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Non-WSU item of note

California is proposing an amendment that would limit coaching salaries at state schools to $200,000 per year - FootballScoop

There is no way this is happening, and it is also a terrible idea, regardless. I know the subject of salaries of football coaches at public universities is a lightning rod, but 1) it’s the name of the game nowadays, and 2) oftentimes the coaches are worth more than their already large salary, when you determine the value the football team brings to the university.