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Old 04-26-2019, 10:22 PM   #281
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:45 PM   #282
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1895 Preseason Predictions

After another long offseason, Ephraim was ready for the 1895 season to start. Life was busy at home, as he and Irene's eight children kept them on their toes. The oldest, James, was 14 now. Ephraim was looking forward to watching his son play ball at the collegiate level in just a few short years. Warren was 13, and it seemed like he and James were constantly at each other's throats. Both boys claimed they were the better ballplayer, and wrestling matches usually ensued if things got too heated. Mary was 10, and was her mother's shadow, always helping her out with whatever chores were being done or helping with the younger children. Charles was now eight and was the scholar of the bunch. He loved playing ball, but Ephraim had no doubt he would succeed in the classroom as well. The twins, Louise and Thomas, were five and, needless to say, a handful. They always seemed to be finding one way or another to get themselves into trouble. David was three and seemed to always be tagging along with Thomas wherever he went. Of course, he claimed to never be doing anything wrong when they found trouble. Finally, the youngest, John, was two and the little explorer of the bunch. If you lost an item, you could almost bet on John "finding" it.

At work, Ephraim's biggest challenge was President Nate Hopkins of Michigan. Hopkins was threatening to leave the Collegiate Baseball Association and form a private "conference" as he called it, along with two other teams. Ephraim was traveling to Ann Arbor in about a month to meet with the Board of Curators for Michigan and see what could be done to resolve the issues Hopkins had and keep Michigan in the CBA. There were also six new teams in the association, which meant the schedule was that much bigger and more complicated. But, Ephraim had finished it and was finally figuring out a system to do that part of his job more efficiently.

The sportswriters picked their favorites to win and made their annual publications of their best guesses. In the New England Region, Dartmouth is favored to win the region over Vermont, Yale, and Harvard. Brown and newcomer Holy Cross are projected to sit at the bottom of the standings. Fordham is the favorite to win the Northeast Region over challengers Columbia and Rutgers. Defending champion Cornell got no love from the reporters and are picked to finish in the middle of the pack. Ephraim just shook his head when he read the article. His opinion is that you can never underestimate a defending champ. Many of those teams found ways to win, regardless of how many returning starters they had. Princeton, Syracuse, and Army rounded out the region.

The Atlantic Region grew by three teams in the offseason. Villanova is speculated to make a return to the top, with Bucknell, Penn, and Lafayette all challenging for the regional crown. Lehigh, Navy, VMI, and Virginia are all considered average teams. Howard, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech come in at the bottom. Mississippi State is favored to win the Southeast Region. Wake Forest and Alabama are considered contenders in the region. The Great Lakes Region is a tight contest, with Illinois State sitting as a slight favorite over Michigan. Ephraim was secretly hoping Michigan didn't win the region, because who knew how big Hopkins ego would be if they did. Northwestern, Michigan State, and Ohio are all expected to challenge for the title.

In the Midwest Region, Iowa State is predicted to win the title over powerhouse Nebraska. Washington State looks to return to the top over Stanford in the Pacific Region. And Tulane is expected to be much improved over last year and easily win the Southwest Region. Harvard senior catcher Fred Tenney and Mississippi State senior left fielder "Wee" Willie Keeler is expected to battle for the CBA batting title. Dartmouth junior transfer "Smiling" Al Orth is expected to be one of the best pitchers in the CBA this season, followed by Ohio junior Ray Morris.
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March 1895 Recap

The beginning of the 1895 season was a flurry of activity. Hitting had been improving over the past couple of seasons, but it looks like pitching may be returning to the Collegiate Baseball Association. The month of March featured 39 shutouts, compared to 15 outstanding hitting performances by batters. With that being said, however, there were 19 players hitting over .400 at the end of the month. Rutgers junior second baseman Bryce Ames leads the way at .460. California sophomore first baseman Kelly Slifka has hit four home runs this season. North Carolina senior first baseman Sam Smith leads the CBA with 26 RBI, more than half his total for all of last year! Wake Forest junior left fielder Fred Clarke leads the league with 23 stolen bases. Clarke had 51 last season. On the pitching side, Stanford senior Joe Cruz leads the CBA with seven wins, and no losses, after putting up a 16-2 record last year. North Carolina junior Joe Scott has the CBA's lowest ERA at 0.76. Lafayette junior Eric "Havoc" Ringelberg leads the association with 34 strikeouts. That's nearly double his output per nine than either of his first two seasons.

Syracuse came out on top after a month of play, posting a CBA best record of 15-5. Given, the Orange's schedule wasn't very strong, so they will need to continue to play well to stay on top. Syracuse leads Rutgers by 1 1/2 games in the Northeast Region. In the New England Region, Dartmouth is a game ahead of Harvard, and 1 1/2 games up on Yale. Lafayette is the leader in the Atlantic by a game over Lehigh. In the Southeast Region, Mississippi State holds a two-game advantage over three other teams. Northwestern and Michigan State are tied atop the Great Lakes Region, with Ohio only 1/2 a game back. Illinois finds themselves a game out, while Chicago and Illinois State are 1 1/2 back. In the Midwest, Iowa State has made believers out of some, vaulting to a three-game lead over Nebraska. Washington State leads the Pacific by two games, and Tulane leads LSU by three games in the Southwest Region.

The major highlight of the month was on March 8th, when Mississippi State senior second baseman went 4 for 5 in a 15-2 drubbing of Wake Forest while hitting for the cycle!! At the end of March, Rookie of the Month was given to Lafayette freshman pitcher Corey Cooney. The 19-year-old righty went 6-1, with a 1.74 ERA in seven starts. Iowa State sophomore Billy Koop earned the Pitcher of the Month award for posting a 6-1 mark with a 1.15 ERA in seven starts. Opponents were held to a mere .182 batting average against the left-hander. Kevin Hill of Michigan State was honored with the Batter of the Month award. The 22-year-old senior first baseman hit .434 in March with three home runs, 21 RBI, and 17 runs scored.

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April 1895 Recap

Pitchers continued to grab headlines in April, with a total of 33 shutouts thrown in the CBA this month. Comparatively, hitters made the news 16 times this month with outstanding performances. On April 5th, Washington State took a hit when they lost junior third baseman Ian "Jamsey" Watson for the year with a fractured ankle. Watson was hitting .333 on the season, with one homer and 15 RBI in 21 games. He has a .344 collegiate career average in 141 games. Bench clearing brawls were a theme this month, the first of three occurring on April 5th between Holy Cross and Brown. Crusaders' junior right fielder Cameron Wagner (.195, 1 HR, 13 RBI) and Bears junior pitcher Victor Aquino (4-0, 2.04) were both suspended four games by Commissioner Ephraim Herring. The commissioner released the following statement to the CBA.

"This association does not condone fighting and aggressive conduct on the field, thus we had to take action to discourage this behavior in the future."

Apparently, though, Herring's words went unheeded, as two other incidents occurred this month. On April 12th, the rivalry between Mississippi State and Mississippi boiled over. Bulldogs junior pitcher Jamie Favazza (7-4, 3.76) was suspended seven games, while Rebels sophomore center fielder Corey Wainwright (.258, 0 HR, 8 RBI) earned a three-game suspension. And on April 16th, Northern Iowa and Vermont brawled their way to suspensions to two players. Panthers senior pitcher Ricky Herrara (2-6, 4.43) was suspended for nine games, with Catamounts senior second baseman Jeremy Hasting (.276, 1 HR, 11 RBI) receiving a four-game suspension for his actions in the matter.

On April 10th, Fordham senior Ken "Real Deal" Storm earned his 50th career victory in a 6-3 win over Nebraska. Storm's career numbers at the end of the month are 51-22, with a 2.97 ERA. On April 24th, USC junior left fielder Kyle Illescas had his 34 game hitting streak come to an end. Illescas is now tied with John Baker of Syracuse (1873-74) for the longest hitting streak in CBA history! In 41 games this season, Illescas is hitting .379, with one home run and 20 RBI.

Some sad news to pass on. Lafayette President Mat Hooven passed away on April 28th after a long illness. His son, Nick Hooven, has replaced him as the president of the university.

On the final day of the month, Notre Dame junior shortstop Doug Greig made headlines after his 7 for 10 performance in the Irish's 12-11 win (19 innings) against Columbia. Greig has set a new record for hits in an extra-inning game. Strangely enough, though, two players hold the record of seven hits in a nine-inning game.

JUCO transfer junior "Wee Willie" Clark, the first baseman for Illinois, was named Rookie of the Month after hitting .333 in April, with one home run and 27 RBI. In his first season in the CBA, Clark is hitting .327 with one home run and 43 RBI. Bucknell senior Jamie Graves was given Pitcher of the Month honors. Graves was 7-1 in April, with a 1.63 ERA in eight starts. For the year, Graves is 9-5 with a 2.67 ERA in 15 starts. North Carolina junior Mike Bennett was the Batter of the Month. The second baseman hit .458, with one homer and 31 RBI. On the year, Bennett is hitting at a clip of .413!!

Surprisingly enough, the Syracuse Orange have continued their great play and remain the #1 team in the CBA after two months of play.

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