They might be Giants

Soon­ers to hon­our 1959 New Water­ford Giants be­fore Satur­day games

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BASE­BALL BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­post.com

The Syd­ney Soon­ers will ac­knowl­edge Cape Bre­ton’s base­ball past when the team hosts the Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry in a clash of the league’s top teams.

The first place Soon­ers (12-5) kick off a three-game week­end se­ries tonight against sec­ond­place Dart­mouth (11-5) at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park in Syd­ney.

The two teams will play a dou­ble­header Satur­day, but prior to the first game, the Soon­ers, in con­junc­tion with the Mar­itime Sport Hall of Fame, will pay trib­ute to the 1959 New Water­ford Giants, the first Cape Bre­ton team to win a Mar­itimes se­nior base­ball cham­pi­onship. “It’s very im­por­tant to us to hon­our the Giants so we’re ask­ing ev­ery­body to come to the ball park early on Satur­day for a brief cer­e­mony,” said long­time Soon­ers man­ager Jim (Rico) McEach­ern.

“There was some real good base­ball around here in those days, just as there is now, so we’re hop­ing to get a good turnout.”

McEach­ern said he ex­pects sev­eral of the ‘59 Giants, who were in­ducted into the Mar­itime Sport Hall of Fame ear­lier this year, will be on hand for the 11:55 a.m. cer­e­mony that starts just prior to the first game of Satur­day’s dou­ble­header.

The Soon­ers, who have re­lied on strong pitch­ing all sea­son, will be with­out 19-year-old pitcher Lo­gan Aker, who is tak­ing part in the Cana­dian Big League cham­pi­onships in Cal­gary as a mem­ber of the Cape Bre­ton Dodgers.

Aker’s spot on the Syd­ney ros­ter will be taken by Aus­tralian hurler Tyler An­der­son, who spent time with the team back in 2010.

“It’s great to be back — I’ve al­ways en­joyed it here and this time I brought my wife with me,” said An­der­son, who came to the at­ten­tion of the Soon­ers through catcher Matt Den­ney af­ter the two played to­gether at Wil­liam Woods Univer­sity in Mis­souri.

“I’ve tried to keep my arm strong and loose — hope­fully I’ll get a chance to come in and help the team.”

For his part, McEach­ern said he wel­comes An­der­son’s pres­ence on the team, even if it is only tem­po­rary as the na­tive of Perth has com­mit­ments back in New Hamp­shire, where he is a base­ball coach at the pres­ti­gious Dart­mouth Col­lege, an Ivy League school.

Pitch­ing was a ques­tion mark for the two-time de­fend­ing Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League cham­pi­ons head­ing into the sea­son as work­horse Paul Doucette opted not to play in 2015.

But vet­er­ans Nate Brewer, An­thony Ianetti and Justin Brewer have done a good job, while teenagers Aker and Reilly O’Rourke have al­ready earned the trust of their skip­per.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens, this will be a good se­ries — Dart­mouth is al­ways dan­ger­ous and you can never count them out, it will be a good test,” said McEach­ern.

Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m., while the Satur­day twin­bill is sched­uled for noon and 3 p.m.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

Aus­tralian pitcher Tyler An­der­son is join­ing the Syd­ney Soon­ers for their three-game week­end se­ries against the Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry. The 27-year-old hurler, who is a base­ball coach at Ivy League school Dart­mouth in New Hamp­shire, played with the Soon­ers in 2010. An­der­son took part in a cou­ple of games ear­lier this sea­son when the Syd­ney squad was on the road.

McEach­ern

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