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Cape Bre­ton squad to com­pete in na­tional se­nior Lit­tle League cham­pi­onship

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Cape Bre­ton Cubs headed to se­nior Lit­tle League na­tion­als in B.C.

Ex­pe­ri­ence and a well-bal­anced skillset will be on the Cape Bre­ton Cubs’ side when they take on Canada’s best this week.

The Cubs will com­pete in the 2015 Cana­dian Se­nior Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship in Co­quit­lam, B.C. The team is sched­uled to leave to­day and will open play on Wed­nes­day.

“They’re very ex­cited and ready to go,” said team man­ager Rus­sell Martin. He’s joined on the bench by coaches Peter Kea­gan and Joe Mac­Don­ald. “The boys are pumped big time.”

The Cape Bre­ton ros­ter in­cludes eight play­ers back from last year’s team that went 2-5 at se­nior na­tion­als in Que­bec, and 14 in to­tal that have ex­pe­ri­ence at na­tional events.

Martin said the Cubs will bring a strong, all-around game to the diamond. He said the club has 10 solid pitch­ers, an­chored by top arms Michael MacGil­l­vary and Zach Suther­land. At the plate, the likes of Trent Rear­don, Devon MacDougall, Ja­cob Kea­gan, Cameron Yates and Liam Mac­Don­ald have been mak­ing con­sis­tent con­tact.

“We’re a fast team. De­fen­sively, we’re strong. Our al­laround game is great,” said Martin. “We’re go­ing in very con­fi­dent.”

The Cubs are a re­gional team, so to pre­pare for this week’s cham­pi­onship, they had to play some older com­pe­ti­tion. They had field time against the Cape Bre­ton Dodgers Big League squad, as well as the New Water­ford Reds mid­get ‘C’ and a se­nior team from Syd­ney Mines.

“That’s what we needed all year, the bet­ter pitch­ing that we’ll face when we get out there,” said Martin. “It’ll be noth­ing new.”

The Cubs will be joined at the tour­na­ment by the host Co­quit- lam A’s, Whal­ley Lit­tle League rep­re­sent­ing Bri­tish Columbia, the Leth­bridge Giants from Al­berta, the Ki­wa­nis/North Regina All-Stars from Saskatchewan, the East Ne­pean Ea­gles from On­tario and the Mon­treal Rock­ies of Que­bec.

Cape Bre­ton opens play on Wed­nes­day against the All-Stars at 8 p.m. At­lantic time. The top four teams fol­low­ing the round robin move on to the semi­fi­nals on July 28. The con­so­la­tion and cham­pi­onship games are set for July 29.

The na­tional cham­pion earns a spot at the Se­nior Lit­tle League World Se­ries in Ban­gor, Maine, Aug. 2-8.

“We’re a fast team. De­fen­sively, we’re strong. Our all-around game is great. We’re go­ing in very con­fi­dent.”

Cubs’ team man­ager Rus­sell Martin

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/RON CAMP­BELL

The Cape Bre­ton Cubs will com­pete for the 2015 Cana­dian Se­nior Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship this week in Co­quit­lam, B.C. In the front row, from left, are Michael MacGil­l­vary, Trent Rear­don, Michael Skin­ner, Daw­son Martin, Cameron Yates and Dy­lan Mackin­non. In the top row, from left, are man­ager Rus­sell Martin, Matthew Camp­bell, Zach Suther­land, Evan Jar­dine, Lo­gan McNeil, Neil Gil­lis, Cameron Walker, Ja­cob Kea­gan, Devon MacDougall, Liam Mac­Don­ald, coach Peter Kea­gan and coach Joe Mac­Don­ald.

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