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Catcher Erik Kratz, now with the San Diego Padres, reflects on the blessings of a baseball life

Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of conversation gurgled in the background. Then Erik Kratz stepped to the plate. His bat met the first pitch he saw, producing a thunderous crash that reverberated throughout the room. All other sounds seemingly ...More

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Safe at home: Royals baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools. That’s a tough goal, considering the proximity of three recruiting rivals in the Valley: Shenandoah University, ranked 11th in Division III ...More

EMU’s Top 10 Shares and Social Media Posts of 2014

What a year! In 2014 Eastern Mennonite University welcomed back an alum and Nobel Peace Laureate to speak at commencement, greeted its most diverse class ever, and cheered on a 2002 graduate in the World Series. Those are jus ...More

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Grad Jeremy Auker has a professional baseball career, but it’s not on the field

Late in the season in 2004 the Burlington (N.C.) Indians, a minor league baseball team in the low-level Appalachian League, were forced to start a rain-delayed game after 10 p.m. since the contest had playoff implications and needed to be played. EMU grad Jeremy Auker (2003, recreation & sport leadership), didn’t get home until after 1 a.m. afte ...More

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Former EMU baseball star Erik Kratz heads to World Series

This article excerpt appears courtesy of Mennonite World Review. On July 28, Erik Kratz was scratched from the lineup of the Buffalo Bisons AAA minor-league baseball team. The Toronto Blue Jays had just traded the Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Church member to ...More

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Kratz a Royal once again after trade to Kansas City

For the second time in less than eight months Erik Kratz has been traded, this time to the Kansas City Royals.  The former Eastern Mennonite University baseball player figures to be the backup catcher in Kansas City, as the team released backup ...More

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Posey and McAlister go out in style

Seniors Adam Posey (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) and Ryan McAlister (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) have each been named All-State by ...More

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Posey adds another all-region award

Adam Posey (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) has added one more award to his shelf, being named All-South Region Third Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). EMU’s baseball player was one of just two men honored as a utility player in the region, showing off his versatility as a pitcher, fielder and batter. Posey started all 39 of the Royals’ games, spending most of ...More

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Royals finish 2014 baseball season with most wins in 12 years

When the dust settled after a flurry of action over the final two innings on April 10, EMU’s baseball men had taken down Southern Virginia 9-5 and logged a very important win. The Royals improved to 16-17 with that road decision, giving them the most wins in a season since 2002. The team finished the season nine days later at 20-19 overall. For perspective, ...More

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EMU Alum Erik Kratz Is Catching a Dream

Erik Kratz, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, went from taking pictures for fans to being the subject of their pictures during a roller-coaster 2012 Major League Baseball season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Spring training for the 2013 season began in February and fans believe Kratz is poised for a stellar season as starting catcher. “It’s an honor to make the ...More