Another UMich team comes to Ypsi this weekend
I freely admit that I don’t care for bat-and-ball sports, so until someone else steps up and offers to cover them, you won’t read much about EMU’s baseball and softball teams here. But I figured I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least give a quick shout out for the Oestrike Classic, going on this weekend at EMU.
The Oestrike Classic, like the stadium, is named for Ron Oestrike, who coached the Hurons from 1965 through 1987, totaling 657 wins in his tenure. Oestrike led EMU to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1975 and 1976, including a runner-up finish in 1976. Oestrike also developed a plan form and helped fund Oestrike Stadium, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
This is the first year for the Oestrike Classic, and it seems that EMU intends to make it an annual event. It’s a four-team round-robin tournament, and this year the Eagles are hosting Alma College, Oakland University, and our friends from seven miles west. At 10-6 after winning the home opener against Oakland yesterday, the EMU baseball team is off to their best start since 1988, when the Hurons started 12-3-1. After a slow start, the Eagles have now won nine of their last eleven games.
Today is looking like another nice day, so if you don’t have other plans, you might want to head over to Oestrike Stadium to watch Michigan take on Oakland at noon followed by EMU versus Alma at three. There’s a chance of rain late tomorrow, but it should stay clear long enough for Oakland against Alma at 11 am, and then Michigan against the Eagles at 2.