Feb 17, 2019
Welcome to Episode 31 of The Podcast About Division III Baseball. This is the third of our eight season preview podcasts highlighting each region -- this episode focuses on the four conferences in the Central region, and of course, Jake's beloved WashU Bears. We begin (at 2:45) with the newly-minted American Rivers Conference, where Dubuque and Luther seem to have overtaken Wartburg as the favorites, with Coe not too far behind. We then move (at 15:32) to the CCIW, where the North Central Cardinals have represented the region quite well over the last few years and appear ready to continue their conference reign, with respect to Carthage, Illinois Wesleyan, and Wheaton (Ill.). Next (at 22:52), we head to the MWC, where the Monmouth Scots will look to defend their crown against an intriguing new addition to the conference, the UChicago Maroons. We move to the SLIAC (at 30:16) where Webster looks clearly like the strongest team in the entire region, but an up-and-coming Spalding team will look to challenge the Gorloks. Finally (at 40:01), we discuss the UAA reps, Washington University in St. Louis, and why we're excited and optimistic about the Bears, who feature a tremendously talented pitching staff and an offense that is only graduating one everyday player. We conclude (at 46:00) by shouting out some other notable players and then picking our players and pitchers of the year, and our teams to beat.
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