Another bad year

By: Yisseliz Rivera

October 18 2011 in Peñuelas, the baseball team of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (UPRM) reached another year without entering the post season. This is the second consecutive years the UPRM baseball team has not made it to the Inter University Athletic League (best known by his acronym in Spanish as LAI or Justas) post season.

The LAI is a sport organization where many college institutions are members of. It was founded on January 1929 by professors of University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras campus, Interamerican University and the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus. This organization counts with 21 institutes of Puerto Rico, which includes all the campuses of the University of Puerto Rico system.

Under a hot sun, the UPRM baseball team had their last chance to get to the post season in a game against the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (UPCPR).

The initial pitcher from the UPRM team was Angel Maymi, letting the UPCPR make three runs in three innings. The other pitchers that relieved Maymi in an attempt to win the game were Aris A. Tirado, Nathaniel Rivera and Felix Derkes.

With only a hit, the team catcher, Jose A. Cruz, was the player that did the most for the team. Even though Cruz tried his best the UPRM lost 10-1, letting more than 12 players on base during the nine innings.

“The team was good and had all the tool to win and make it to the post season but because we didn’t have enough motivation and we didn’t make the job when we had to, we couldn’t make it” said Nathaniel Rivera, a second year team pitcher.

“Although we didn’t make it to the post season, I believe that the team was physically prepared because all the training we had” he continued.

The team manager tried his best to make it to the post season by implementing practices four hours per day and even six hours on Tuesday and Thursday, but his effort was in vain.

“The team only needs motivation, people cheering for us and come to our game to support us like they do with other teams” said Aris A. Tirado, second year team pitcher and last year Rookie of the year.

“I believe that we are talented and if we have the support of our campus students like every team and athlete need, we could make it far. Also, I know that it is all about team spirit; if we don’t believe in ourselves, nobody is going to do it for us”.

Although the UPRM team didn’t make it this year to the LAI post season, they said that they’re going to work even harder next season.

The UPRM team having a good time on their way to Peñuelas.


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