McKenzie West
Ferris State’s McKenzie West throws the ball to first after a groundball during action earlier this season in Florida. (Photo/Sandy Gholston)

It’s early, but regional rankings are intriguing

By Sandy Gholston

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The recent set of NCAA Division II regional rankings were revealed April 9, and Ferris State University is one of several Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference squads battling for one of those precious top eight spots.

However, the April 9 rankings show the Bulldogs – just barely – on the outside looking in at ninth in the poll. Ferris is one spot behind West Virginia Wesleyan for eighth in the Great Lakes region. Those rankings, though, were prior to Ferris sweeping Cornerstone (last Tuesday) and later splitting a pair of doubleheaders in Ohio, against Findlay and Ashland, to take its record to 18-11 overall and 8-3 in the GLIAC.

The other teams ranked above the Bulldogs are as follows: No. 1 Lewis, No. 2 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, No. 3 Saginaw Valley State, No. 4 Southern Indiana, No. 5 Grand Valley State, No. 6 Wayne State, No. 7 Indianapolis and No. 8 West Virginia Wesleyan. While it’s always interesting to take a look at the regional rankings, it also is still fairly early in the process – a process now complicated in the GLIAC by troublesome inclement weather that has wiped out or postponed a number league and non-league games.

Teams around the Bulldogs, like ninth-ranked Grand Valley, No. 23 Wayne, Saginaw Valley and some others still have many games to make up prior to the start of the annual GLIAC Tournament (May 2-4) at Emerson Park in Midland.

Weather-permitting, the Bulldogs could have some big games ahead this week as Grand Valley is scheduled to come to Big Rapids Wednesday for a league doubleheader scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. All in all, it’s a relatively light week as the Bulldogs have a scheduled doubleheader in Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula against Lake Superior State. Considering recent weather in the eastern U.P., however, those games could be in jeopardy.

If you have any questions, ideas or comments feel free to contact Sandy Gholston at sgholston2@netzero.com

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