STELLARTON — Slowly but surely, a university baseball season is taking form, and coachRob MacKay feels the St. Francis Xavier X-Men appear to be ready for it with a roster that includes two Pictou County players.
Fourth-year student Nathan Snell from Westville and fist-year student Spencer Murray from Trenton are Pictou County players on the team. Tryouts led to player selection on September 3 in preparation for scheduled games last weekend in Antigonish.
“I’ve not seen the other teams, but it’s going to be very good ball,” MacKay said. “I like what I see on our team. We have pitching and the fielding looks really good. I like my chances.”
MacKay hopes he can pencil in Murray as one of his proposed five starting pitchers. Murray will likely do some catching too.
“He can fit anywhere in the infield,” MacKay said. “I see him as a starter. We do have five starters and you need them when you play four games a weekend.”
Snell is looking more like a relief pitcher and outfielder, he said,
“He can play any position but will likely play outfield. Nathan can come in and pitch innings,” he said. “He’s more of a reliever.”
The X-Men are on the road when they play two games at Acadia on September 14 and Saint Mary’s on September 15.
They will host Acadia on September 21 for two games and will host Dalhousie for two games on September 28.
The X-Men were to host Holland College for two games on Saturday and UNB for two games on Sunday in Antigonish. However, the impending inclement weather rendered it unlikely that those games would be played.
From left: pitcher-outfielder Nathan Snell is joining coach Rob MacKay with the St. FX baseball team. (Goodwin photo)