Cana­dian’s born to boost the Cubs

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DRA BERNARD

COOMERA Cubs pitcher Ben Run­yon may as well have been born with a mitt on his hand.

That’s how long it feels like the 29-year-old has been play­ing the game.

“I can’t even re­mem­ber when or why I started play­ing,” he said.

“There’s just pic­tures of me when I was young with a bat in my hand.

“I grew up play­ing catch with my dad and my grandpa and it just went from there.”

It’s the Cana­dian pitcher’s first sea­son for the Coomera Cubs in the Greater Bris­bane League and the change of scenery seems to have done the trick for his per­for­mance.

“Per­son­ally I’ve been play­ing re­ally well. It’s the first time I’ve been consistent in two years,” Run­yon said.

Coach Phil Stock­man agrees that Run­yon has been throw­ing the ball well all sea­son de­spite his team’s roller­coaster cam­paign so far.

It’s Run­yon’s first time in Aus­tralia and he’s de­cided he prefers the sun and sand over the snow.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to back home but I like the weather here,” he said.

Coomera Cubs will take on Red­cliffe Padres at Padres 7.30pm tonight in a fix­ture that could have big ram­i­fi­ca­tions on the club’s am­bi­tions to play fi­nals.

The Cubs cur­rently sit with a 7-10 record and sev­enth on the eight-team lad­der.

They have slipped from as high as third in re­cent weeks and now sit four games be­hind top-of-the-ta­ble Wind­sor Roy­als in the race for a spot in the top four.

Run­yon said he’s look­ing for­ward to tonight’s game and is ea­ger for a win.

“I’m ex­cited and hope­fully we’ll be able to get back on the win­ning side,” he said.

Ben Run­yon.

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