Lo­cal pitcher signs with Amer­i­can col­lege

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

One of Cape Bre­ton’s most tal­ented young base­ball play­ers is armed and head­ing to the Wild West. Reilly O’Rourke, of Howie Cen­tre, has com­mit­ted to play for the Gar­den City Com­mu­nity Col­lege Bron­c­busters in the state of Kansas. While at the school, lo­cated just 80 kilo­me­tres from led­gendary Dodge City, the 18year-old, right-handed pitcher will also be study­ing ki­ne­si­ol­ogy. O’Rourke, who is cur­rently play­ing for the Syd­ney Soon­ers of the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League, said he opted for the Kansas school be­cause of what it of­fered both on the field and in the class­room. “I had a few op­tions and I like what Gar­den City is all about,” said the six-foot-six O’Rourke. “And it looks like I am go­ing to get a chance to start right away.” The only down­side for the young hurler is that he will miss the NSSBL play­offs and the Soon­ers late-Au­gust trip to the na­tional cham­pi­onships. O’Rourke will de­part for Kansas in mid-Au­gust. The Bron­c­busters, which has sent play­ers to both Ma­jor League Base­ball and the Na­tional Football League, play a 56game sched­ule in the Kansas Jay­hawk Com­mu­nity Col­lege Con­fer­ence, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion.

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