This afternoon the freshman nine plays its first game out of Cambridge. During the practice games which have been played so far, the freshmen have shown that there is some good material among the candidates if it is only properly developed. The development, however, has seemed slow as yet. If anything may be judged from Thursday's game, which was the best the nine has played so far, a vast improvement must be shown within the next week or two. The men are not at all steady in the field. Worst of all, there is apparently no field captain-at any rate no one "calls the flies." There must be a radical change in this particular. The coaching when men are on bases is also very poor. On Thursday a man was coached to come home on a pop fly, with only one man out. The result was a double play.
Faults like these are not so slight that they will disappear at a moment's notice. It will take the utmost efforts of the captain and his men to eradicate these glaring defects before the important games of the season begin.
The games thus far have been merely for practice and for the sake of giving the captain the opportunity of trying all his men, and of seeing who are best suited for a place on the nine. Unless every candidate who is promising given a fair chance to show his ability, the captain fails utterly to manage the nine in such a way that the best team will be chosen, and in such a way that the outcome of the season will be most successful.