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Baseball 'Canes split weekend action, clinch first place

The Holland Hurricanes baseball team split both double-headers this weekend as they closed out the 2021 regular season of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA). The Hurricanes hosted the Dalhousie University Tigers on Saturday at Legends Field in Summerside, before taking on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds on Sunday in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

 

October 9, Game 1- Dalhousie 5, Hurricanes 1

The Hurricanes couldn’t come up with a clutch hit against Tigers starter, Garrett Windsor, only able to push a single run across in the sixth. Dalhousie scored two in the first, one in the third, and two in the sixth to earn the victory.

Windsor went the distance for Dalhousie, allowing five hits, one run, and two walks with five strikeouts for the win.

‘Canes starter, Ronny De La Cruz, went six innings, giving up five hits, five runs, and two walks while striking out seven.

Dylan Worth, Drew Grady, Ethan McLellan, Matt Peacock, and Brady Storey all had one hit for the ‘Canes.

 

October 9, Game 2- Hurricanes 6, Dalhousie 3

The Hurricanes scored one in each of the opening two innings, but Dalhousie tied it with two in the fourth. The ‘Canes would answer back with three in their half of the fourth before adding one in the fifth. Dalhousie scored one in the sixth and loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh but were held off the scoreboard as the Hurricanes closed out the day with the win.

Jack MacKenzie went the distance for the ‘Canes, allowing three hits, three runs (all unearned), and two walks while striking out four for the win.

Kiwean Song took the loss for Dalhousie, allowing three hits and five runs while walking six and striking out two over three innings and four batters.

Matt Peacock walked twice and scored both times while Allan Saunders also scored twice for Holland College. Dylan Worth and Ethan McLellan each had two hits.

 

October 10, Game 1- UNB 5, Hurricanes 3

The ‘Canes took an early 1-0 lead in the top-half of the second but UNB would score four in the bottom half and one in the third. The ‘Canes would get a single run back in both the fifth and sixth innings but that is as close as they would come in the loss to UNB.

Rylan Matchett got the win for UNB going five-and-one-third innings allowing eight hits, three runs, and four walks with two strikeouts.

Eric Anderson took the loss for the ‘Canes, giving up five hits, five runs, and seven walks while striking out five in four innings.

Garret Hebert, Rhys Storr, and Allan Saunders had two hits each for Holland College.

 

October 10, Game 2- Hurricanes 6, UNB 2

A Drew Grady grand slam in the first gave the ‘Canes an early 4-0 lead, but UNB got two back in the bottom half. The ‘Canes would restore their four-run lead with a pair in the top of the fourth before cruising to the 6-2 win.

Cody LeBlanc led the Hurricanes to victory on the mound, lasting seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four.

Matt Oram took the loss for UNB, surrendering six runs on two hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out two.

Dylan Worth went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Holland College in hits.

 

ACBA Championship

The ‘Canes will enter playoffs in first place with a 12-4 record. UNB also finished their regular season at 12-4 but lost the tiebreaker to Holland College after the ‘Canes won three of four against UNB during the regular season. They will be joined by the Acadia University Axemen who finished 9-7, and St. Francis Xavier (St.FX) X-Men who ended up at 6-10 and in fourth.

The 2021 ACBA Championship, hosted by the Hurricanes at Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charlottetown, opens on Friday, October 15 when UNB takes on the Axemen at 4pm.  The opening ceremonies follow at 6:45pm, with the ‘Canes hosting the X-Men at 7:30pm to end day one.

The action continues on Saturday, October 16 at 10am when the Hurricanes challenge UNB, before Acadia and St. FX square off at 1pm.  The day concludes with a 4:30pm matchup between UNB and St. FX and a 7:30pm game featuring the Hurricanes taking on the Axemen.

Sunday will feature the ACBA Championship game at 11am between the top two teams from the round-robin, however, if a tiebreaker is needed, the 11am game will be used and the championship game would be played at 2pm instead.

All games will be available to view live at www.hollandhurricanes.com.

Connect with the baseball ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/canesmbaseball and www.instagram.com/canesmbaseball.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021