DETROIT —- And there is no cure for the summertime blues!
Especially setting in the sequester room at the 36th District Court located in downtown Detroit waiting to be dismissed because the lawyer just does not like your old Uncle Mel.
Now nieces and nephews, you see, Uncle Mel received this letter from the friendly folks at the Wayne County Clerk’s office congratulating Uncle Mel for being chosen to do his American duty and serve as a juror of my peers – instructed by the letter to make sure you call first thing Monday morning.
Not the best week to be summoned for jury duty because in Avon, Ohio the Eastern Michigan University baseball team will be playing for the Mid-American Conference baseball championship.
The recording over the phone early Monday morning did not produce the answer that Uncle Mel hoped for, the recording on the other end of the line is please to announce the arrival of Uncle Mel to the 36th District Court bright and early Tuesday morning.
Eastern Michigan University started the quest for the Mid-American Conference title Wednesday afternoon by defeating Central Michigan University 4-3 behind a strong pitching performance by Neil Butara.
Eagle baseball coach Jay Alexander said after the game Butara showed a lot of class out on the mound. He said Butara command of his pitches were the best of the season.
“Neil got a plus-plus fastball it is in the mid-90’s as long as he throws first pitch strikes pitches he is going to be very efficient,” Alexander said, “We did a lot of good things early first strike pitch strikes, defensive plays when we needed them and timely hits with two outs is going to win you championships.”
Uncle Mel did not hear the last question by the lawyer.
The judge threw Uncle Mel a curve ball, another day inside the court room and day two of jury duty.
Day two in Avon, Ohio the Eagles battled hard but fell to Miami University 2-1 under the lights at All-Pro Freight Stadium and behind the 10 inning performance of Steve Weber.
Weber a junior this season served notice to the league that he will be a pitcher to be dealt with next season. He has joined Ball State University Brain Lynch in the official MAC-Stats record book by being the second pitcher in MAC history in throwing 10 inning complete game.
Weber gave up nine hits, walked two and striking out five in the disappointing defeat to the Red Hawks.
Alexander talked about getting timely hits before but the Eagles could not solve Miami University starting pitcher Mac Thoreson, he gave up just two hits and no earned runs.
Remember Alexander said something about another contributor factor to winning a championship that the Eagles need to play solid defense on the diamond and timely hitting.
Right fielder Jamie Simpson dropped a fly ball and did not get a hit and neither did left fielder Daniel Russell who struck out three times and did not get a hit with four plate appearances.
The only run that the Eagles scored cross the plate in the first inning when Sam Ott hit a ground ball with base loaded, scoring for the Eagles Ben Magsig who singled hard off of the leg of Thoreson.
“Going onto the game I felt pretty good and my idea was to pound the strike zone and let my defense work, they did a terrific job behind me,” Thoreson said about his team’s performance. “It was a wake up call we shut out Toledo and we were a tad on our heels. It is the MAC tournament your going to have some adversity.”
The judge continue to lecture the jury about the great responsibility about the performance of our duty, as the hope faded for Uncle Mel to get out of his civic responsibility and get on the road for Avon, Ohio really looked bleak.
Day three of the Mid-American Conference and the Eagles faced Central Michigan University and Alexander looking to continue forward in the tournament with a victory against the Chippewas.
Chippewas designated hitter Nate Theunissen crushed the hopes of a Mid-American Conference championship by hitting Eagle reliever pitcher Joe Battistelli pitch up into the air and the ball sailed over the right field fence in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Central Michigan University walk off the field with a 6-4 win.
“A great win, I can not say enough about the way our guys battled,” Central Michigan University baseball coach Steve Jaksa said after the game. “We swung the bats really well and played hard and battled through some mistakes. The one inning they scored six runs after we had took the lead.”
So the Eagles trail at the Mid-American Conference Tournament and the 2012 baseball season came to an end in dramatic style and Eastern Michigan University finished the season with an overall record of 25-31 but the ride during the season for Alexander and his team – unforgettable.
Alexander once told Uncle Mel that great pitching will beat good hitting and Kent State University proved that theory winning for the fourth consecutive title by defeating Central Michigan University 3-1 allowing seven hits and striking out eight Chippewas to earn the title.
As for Uncle Mel and his jury duty adventure also ended Friday afternoon it was not a dramatic episode of Law and Order.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.