Western Washington University's men’s club baseball team is holding tryouts this weekend.
The team ended last season in an impressive fashion, traveling to the National Club Baseball Association Division I World Series in Tampa, Fla. and finishing the tournament in third place.
The team faces challenges for this season after losing half of its 30-man roster from last season.
“We lost all three of our starting pitchers and two of our relieving pitchers,” head coach Andrew Murry said. “We lost pretty much the whole pitching staff.”
The team’s main focus during tryouts will be to rebuild the bullpen, because the team’s fielding unit remains similar to last season. The team lost two starting fielders, a shortstop and an outfielder.
Murry is still looking to recruit players from all positions with an eye for building toward future seasons, he said.
Despite the loss of some key personnel, Murray’s expectations for the season remain high.
“It is really encouraging to have seven out of nine guys coming back,” Murry said. “We had a lot of guys on the bench last year who are good baseball players, they just had to bide their time to crack the lineup. I expect us to be right back where we were last year.”
The team begins next season's play in late February 2014.
11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, at Joe Martin Field.