Friday, May 24, 2013
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"We've had the gun out on all of them," Katori said. "They've been pretty consistent, but they've also hit some bumps in the road. Megan Michie threw the most innings among the returning pitchers, so she'll see a significant amount of time on the mound. Aimee and Becks have both made great strides with where they were a year ago. We expect some really good things from them. Erin Caputo's also working really hard right now."
Katori expects the Mules to play solid defense and put the ball in play at the plate. She's eager to see how the Mules do in those areas now that they'll finally be getting outside.
"We've established where we want to go with the program, and we've prepared everyone in the last six weeks for being in the field house and getting repetitions in," Katori said. "Now it's a matter of doing it in a game situation. We can bunt live all we want off our own pitchers, but you've got to be able to do it in crunch time."
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The University of Maine at Farmington baseball team, meanwhile, will not be taking a spring trip to Florida. Like many teams, they were looking good to get outside soon before the storm hit earlier this week.
"I think we're on our 28th indoor practice in the intimate confines of Dearborn Gymnasium," UMF coach Chris Bessey said. "We've got a roster of 20 and I think it's a solid 20."
UMF probably won't be outside until March 28 and even then, the Beavers won't be in the sun. That game, at Elms, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
"Hopefully, it will be warmed up a little bit by then," Bessey said.
Nine of those 20 players are freshmen. Sean Cabaniss, Tom Grady and Jory Humphrey -- all Erskine grads -- should contribute right away.
Castleton and Husson are expected to be among the top teams in the league, Colby-Sawyer has seven starters back and Thomas is the defending North Atlantic Conference champion. That's four teams and only four make the NAC tournament, but Bessey believes the Beavers have a shot.
"Our goal is to make the NAC tourney, which I think is a realistic goal," he said. "There's going to be two or three teams fighting for one of those final spots."
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