Cape Breton squad to compete in national senior Little League championship
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
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.