Range Rider, Volume 33, Number 2, June, 1982 Page: 7
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June, 1982 Range Rider Page 7
1982 TAAC Baseball Champions
From left, front: Leo Gonzales, Mark Reedy, Bobby Johnson, Mike Richard, Bobby Mize, Kevin Brunton.
Doe, Shane Await, Eddie Jacques, Tracy Thomas. Back: Brad Bass (Assistant Coach), Paul Hamilton,
Middle: Les Vines, Virgil Crow, Robert Crouch, Kirk Steve Tietze, Gerry Pickens, Scott Harris, Joe
Simineau, Greg Wilson, Byron Roberts, Mike Ander-
son, Larry Martindale (Head Coach).
(Kelly Autry photo)
Baseball Pokes win conference, bid
The Hardin-Simmons University baseball team
topped off the 1981-82 Cowboy athletic year with a
Trans America Athletic Conference championship and
a trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Central Region Baseball Tournament in
Head Coach Larry Martindale was named Trans
America Athletic Conference Baseball Coach of the
Year and seniors Mike Richard of Midland and Bobby
Doe of Big Spring were named to the all-conference
first team. In addition, Richard, Doe, Mark Reedy of
Abilene and Byron Roberts of Abilene were named to
the 1982 TAAC all-Tournament team.
In two years at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons
baseball program Martindale has guided the Pokes to
two Trans America Athletic Conference Western Divi-
sion titles (shared last season with Centenary and this
year with Northeast Louisiana and Northwestern Loui-
siana) and this year's TAAC championship.
By winning this year's crown, the Cowboys became
the first team from the league's Western Division to
capture the conference baseball title. Martindale has
coached five players who were named to the league's
all-Conference first team and five who were named to
the TAAC all-Tournament first team. A former pitcher
for the Cowboys, Martindale is a 1979 graduate of
Richard was the anchor for this year's Cowboys
pitching staff. A right-hander, Richard posted a 9-7
season mark and started on the mound against the
University of Texas in the opening round of the NCAA
Central Region Baseball Tournament. Selected to
both the TAAC all-Tournament and all-Conference
team, Richard was 6-0 against TAAC opponents and
was runner-up in the voting for TAAC Player of the
Year. He finished the season with a 3.88 earned run
average with a team high 88 strike-outs in 102 innings
Doe, the Pokes' starting shortstop, hit .305 for the
season with five doubles, two triples and 30 runs
batted in. He had 50 hits and scored 31 runs for the
Cowboys this past season. Like Richard, Doe' was
named to the TAAC all-Tournament and all-
Roberts, senior third baseman from Abilene, led the
team in hitting this past season with a .344 average.
During the season he socked nine doubles, a team
high six triples, one home run and led the team in runs
batted in with 38. Roberts went five for five in the
championship game of the TAAC tournament to land
a spot on the league's all-Tournament squad.
Junior rightfielder Mark Reedy of Abilene was the
fourth Cowboy to be named to the TAAC all-
Tournament team. Reedy hit .341 for the season with
nine doubles, one triple and two home runs. He had
20 runs batted in and scored 29 times.
Hardin-Simmons went into the Trans America
Athletic Conference baseball tournament April
29-May 1 in Macon, Georgia as a longshot at best to
win the Conference title and gain the league's first ever
automatic berth in the NCAA play-offs.
The Cowboys took a 7-5 win over Georgia South-
ern College in the Tournament's opening game and
then held on to knock off pre-tournament favorite and
defending champion Mercer University 3-2 to send the
Pokes into the tournament's championship game for
the first time in the four-year-old league's history.
Mercer came back through the losers bracket to
hand HSU an 8-4 loss with HSU winning the rubber
match between the two teams 11-9.
The fact that the Cowboys were even in this year's
TAAC tournament was a small miracle in itself. HSU
found itself in the position of having to win its final two
conference games of the season against Centenary
College on the road and then win a coin toss to qualify
for the TAAC tournament.
After sitting around a motel for two days in Shreve-
port, La. waiting for the rain to stop, the Cowboys
took care of their part of qualifying for tournament
play by beating the Gents 5-2 and 8-4. A coin toss
with Northeast Louisiana University and Northwestern
State University of Louisiana was held the same night
as the Pokes' sweep of Centenary and the Cowboy
baseball team found out from a pay phone along Inter-
state 20 they would be heading to Macon, Ga.
It was an up and down season for Hardin-Simmons
to say the least. The Pokes opened the year with five
straight victories only to hit a slump winning only
five of their next 22 games.
What the Cowboys did next is history. The Pokes
started playing better, making fewer errors, getting key
hits, taking advantage of opponent's mistakes and the
pitching started to come around. The result was the
school's first ever Trans America Athletic Conference
baseball championship and a trip to the NCAA play-
The Cowboys' Cinderella year came to an end May
28-29 on the artificial turf of Disch-Falk Field at the
University of Texas at Austin. The Pokes dropped
their first two games in the NCAA Central Region
Baseball Tournament to the University of Texas and
Eastern Michigan University. Thought by many to be
the toughest region in the nation this year, Texas,
Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Ohio
State and HSU were competing for the right to ad-
vance to the NCAA College World Series. The
number one ranked Texas Longhorns won this year's
Central Region with Eastern Michigan finishing
HSU to host basketball camps
Hardin-Simmons University Head Basketball Coach
Jim Hatfield has announced that two basketball
camps, one for girls and one for boys, have been
scheduled on the HSU campus this summer.
Girls, ages 10-16, will have the opportunity to at-
tend camp June 21-25 with the camp for boys, ages
8-16, slated for July 12-16. Both camps are day
camps and will be held in Mabee Complex
Cost for the five-day camps is $40 per'person which
includes instruction, camp t-shirt, individual awards,
soft drinks and complete insurance coverage.
According to Hatfield, care will be taken to insure
that each camper will receive close individual instruc-
tion. In addition, lectures and demonstrations on
basketball techniques will be presented daily along
with competitive drills and team play.
For camp brochure, registration form and additional
information write: Jim Hatfield Basketball Camps,
Hardin-Simmons University, Drawer H, HSU Station,
Abilene, Texas 79698 or phone 677-7281, Ext. 473.
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