Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Wesmen having a ball despite ups and downs

  • Print

There has been a lot to like about the University of Winnipeg’s first foray into the world of collegiate baseball — and a lot to improve upon.


The Wesmen were 8-15 (with one final game to play this week against Northland Community College) in exhibition games against American schools from the NAIA and NJCAA in a season of ups and downs.


The university hopes to affiliate itself with one of those circuits within a couple years.


The Wesmen opened with only one win in their first 11 games, but then won seven of their next eight before hitting a four-game losing skid.


"I’d say not bad," was how shortstop Wes Pomeransky summed up the year. "Our record doesn’t show much, but we grew a lot as a team. We hit the ground running, and showed we’re a pretty solid program."


That last statement was the key for the Wesmen this year: to prove to elite players in the city, province and beyond that playing at the U of W is a viable option after high school.


Pomeransky, a North End resident who played junior baseball for the Elmwood Giants, said he had no regrets about his decision to play for the Wesmen.


The shortstop and his teammates were expecting the competition to be much tougher than what they faced in junior baseball, and that’s exactly what they ran up against.


"We knew that a lot of these American schools could hit," Pomeransky said. "Some junior teams have two or three weak spots in the lineup — they’re only good one through seven — but here there’s not as many holes. They’re tough one to nine. And the pitchers too, there’s a big difference. You face top arms every day."


If the Wesmen improve their plate discipline, getting ahead in counts instead of swinging at bad pitches early, Pomeransky thinks next season could end with a much better record.


This season won’t officially end, however, until the Wesmen play one last game against a team that isn’t affiliated with a post-secondary institution. The Winnipeg Goldeyes will face the Wesmen on Friday at 6 p.m. at Shaw Park, in what promises to be a neat experience for the young students.


"It should be fun," Pomeransky said. "It’ll be nice to talk to guys with pro experience. It’s going to be good just to be around them and try to learn some things."


Coach Mike Krykewich said he was "very excited" when the game was scheduled, and looking forward to seeing his players on the same field as the independent-league professional team.


"It should be cool," Pomeransky added. "You don’t hear about many teams doing that. It should be a good time for the guys."

avi.saper@canstarnews.com

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

This Just In Twitter bird

Readers‘ Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

Make your choice in the Canstar Community News‘ Best of Winnipeg Readers‘ Choice Awards

Vote Now

Poll

Do you feel an upcoming price hike at Assiniboine Park Zoo is fair?

View Results