U11 Bearcats gun­ning for N.S. ti­tle

Truro Daily News - - Sports -

The Home Hard­ware Truro Bearcats un­der 11 base­ball team will chase a pro­vin­cial crown this week­end in Ken­net­cook.

The Bearcats are com­pet­ing at the eight-team U11 Tier 1 Nova Sco­tia cham­pi­onship Fri­day to Sun­day, hosted by Hants North.

Truro opens the tour­na­ment on Fri­day against the host team at 1:30 p.m., fol­lowed by pre­lim­i­nary games on Satur­day against Hantsport at 11:30 a.m. and the Dart­mouth Di­a­mond Dawgs at 4:30 p.m. Cross­over semi­fi­nals will be played on Sun­day at 9 a.m. with the fi­nal slated for noon.

The Bearcats en­ter the cham­pi­onship af­ter a highly suc­cess­ful reg­u­lar sea­son, where they posted an 18-4 record in pro­vin­cial Bluenose league play. The only teams that had bet­ter records than the lo­cal squad were the AA Sydney Soon­ers (17-1-1) and Yar­mouth Gate­ways (15-2).

“We’re hav­ing a lot of fun, so that’s the main thing,” said Bearcats coach Dar­son Mur­phy.

“It’s a good group of kids; they’re all com­mit­ted and it’s great.”

Mur­phy said a big part of tour­na­ment play will be man­ag­ing pitch counts. Pitch­ers are only

per­mit­ted to throw a cer­tain num­ber of pitches be­fore rest pe­ri­ods are en­forced.

“It’s very strate­gic try­ing to fig­ure out what arms you’re go­ing to have for Sun­day,” he laughed.

“But the big thing is you’ve got to make it to Sun­day.”

Other teams com­pet­ing in this

week­end’s tour­na­ment in­clude Yar­mouth, Clark’s Har­bour, East Hants and Porter’s Lake.

Keegan Maguire, left, of the Home Hard­ware Truro Bearcats gets ahold of this pitch, while Chris de­coste slides into the bag safely dur­ing U11 base­ball ac­tion this sum­mer against the Sydney Soon­ers. The Bearcats will com­pete in the Nova Sco­tia cham­pi­onship this week­end at Hants North.


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