Eagles have forged decade-long tradition of success

Chance Stevens provided a powerful left arm for the Oklahoma Wesleyan University pitching staff in the late 2000's. (Mike Tupa/Examiner-Enterprise)
Daniel Simmons, No. 14, boasted a booming bat in the latter 2000's for the Oklahoma Wesleyan University baseball team.

In approximately two weeks, Oklahoma Wesleyan University will soar into another baseball season that appears to be ripe with promise.

Coming off a string of 40 and 50-win campaigns the past several years — except for last year’s shortened season due to NAIA’s decision to end it prematurely as a reaction to the coronavirus — the Eagles have elevated themselves into the realm of the elite programs in the nation.

They have surged into the NAIA World Series twice since 2014 — in 2014 they finished third in the nation — and have been on the verge of advancing there two other years during that span.

I still recall the seminal effort, starting in 1998, to bring baseball back to Oklahoma Wesleyan.

During an American Legion baseball tournament that summer — I believe it was the Mid-South Regional — I met Marty Carver, who had been designated  as the new OKWU head coach.

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