Local pitcher signs with American college
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.