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WSU baseball: back to Bailey-Brayton

Welcome home guys!

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Good morning, Coug Fans! Happy baseball season! As a former softball legend (for the one season I played) I have been looking forward to this day. With baseball comes warmer weather, stadium hotdogs, and joy.

I might be giving baseball more credit than I should, but I think that’s because the weather is finally shifting a bit, and the sunlight I’ve been missing in Chicago is peaking out to say hello.

Baseball is commonly known for being football’s opponent in the war for America’s favorite pastime (spoiler: baseball wins), and as long as I get to sit outside for a prolonged period of time with overpriced snacks in great weather, I’m not one to complain.

This season, WSU baseball is 6-6 so far! Yesterday they had their home opener against Niagara, with a final score of 16-7. I look forward to today’s game, if it’ll be anything like yesterday!

Also, I went to high school with one of the players. Hi Zane! I feel like I owe it to you, and the Cards, to give baseball a little extra praise.

Baseball rotates through pitchers, and you’ll see Zane today for game 2 out of 3 against Niagara.

Let me tell you about a couple of the guys!

Zane can go first. He’s a right handed pitcher, and this season he’s racked up 25 strikeouts over the 3 games he’s pitched so far. He’s got 19 IP, which for the folks back home, that just means he’s pitched for 19 innings. I’ll probably run into him in a grocery store at some point in the future.

Yesterday, Tanner West was the starting pitcher. He’s a lefty! Yesterday went pretty well, right? He pitched 5 innings yesterday, and the score reflects the shut out! While I probably won’t run into him in a grocery store, I feel like he’d be polite to me if I did.

On Saturday, A.J. Block takes a swing as starting pitcher (I understand that’s not technically correct, but the opportunity for a pun was too good, especially because the pun is so bad). He’s pitched 21 innings so far, with 24 strikeouts. A.J. is also a lefty, and it didn’t feel right to just gloss over that.

The standout of the game yesterday was Justin Van De Brake- an outfielder from Yakima with big dreams and 7 RBIs. Very cool!

I’m very excited for baseball season, and also warm weather. It’s been so cold out here, my friends. Stay warm and go watch some baseball.


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