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.
Like any new…