The Holland Hurricanes began the 2021 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) regular season over the weekend, first hosting the Acadia University Axemen at the Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charlottetown on Saturday, before travelling to Halifax to visit the Dalhousie University Tigers on Sunday.
The ‘Canes, hosts of the 2021 ACBA Championship this October, dropped their home opener to Acadia 3-0, before winning game two of the double-header, 7-1. The Hurricanes won both games on Sunday versus Dalhousie, 11-4 and 13-0.
September 11, Game 1 – Acadia 3, Hurricanes 0
Both teams were strong on the pitcher's mound in the season opener, with Acadia producing the key hits at the right time on Saturday. Ronny De La Cruz started the game on the mound for Holland College, going six innings.
Matt Bradley was the winning pitcher for Acadia, going seven innings, allowing zero runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking zero.
De La Cruz took the loss for Holland College, allowing three hits and two runs, striking out eight.
Drew Grady, Ben MacDougall, Dylan Worth, and Peter MacKay each managed one hit for the Hurricanes in the loss.
September 11, Game 2 – Hurricanes 7, Acadia 1
Holland College defeated Acadia 7-1 in game two of the double-header, thanks to a strong start. The ‘Canes scored on a double by Dylan Worth, a fielder's choice by Ben MacDougall, and a wild pitch during Isaac Compton's at-bat in the second inning, securing the victory thanks to five runs scored. Worth, MacDougall, and Compton all drove in runs in the frame.
Jack MacKenzie earned the win for Holland College on the mound, allowing six hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine and walking zero.
Cole Stevens was the losing pitcher for Acadia, allowing five hits and six runs over two innings, striking out two.
Brayden Lebel went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Holland College in hits.
September 12, Game 1 – Hurricanes 11, Tigers 4
The Dalhousie Tigers watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in an 11-4 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday in Halifax. Holland College took the lead on a home run in the first inning and never looked back when Dylan Worth homered on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.
The Hurricanes then scored five runs in the fifth inning. The offensive firepower by Holland College was led by Jack MacKenzie, Ben MacDougall, and Ethan MacLellan, all knocking in runs in the inning.
Cody LeBlanc took the win for Holland College on the mound, allowing seven hits and two runs over four innings, striking out five. Matt Peacock threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Evan Dunbrille took the loss for the Tigers, surrendering six runs on ten hits over four innings, striking out two and walking one.
Dalhousie totaled 11 hits in the game by Hunter Valcour, Zack Bond, and Aidan Rittenberg, each having multiple hits for the Tigers.
The Hurricanes tallied 17 hits on the day led by Brayden Lebel, MacLellan, MacDougall, Worth, and MacKenzie, all racking up multiple hits. Lebel led Holland College with four hits in five at bats.
September 12, Game 2 – Hurricanes 13, Tigers 0
The Dalhousie Tigers fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 13-0 loss to Holland College on Sunday in game two of the double-header.
The Hurricanes scored on a single by Ben MacDougall, a single by Brady Storey, and a single by Garret Hebert in the first inning to take the early lead.
Ethan MacLellan was the winning pitcher for the Hurricanes, allowing one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out four and walking zero. Rhys Storr and Allan Saunders entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief for Holland College.
Mark Howatt took the loss for the Tigers, lasting one inning, allowing six hits and seven runs while striking out one and walking one.
Dylan Worth went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Holland College in hits.
The Hurricanes return to the field this weekend when they host the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds on Saturday and the Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies on Sunday; all four games take place at the Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charlottetown. Start times are 1 and 3:30pm each day.
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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, September 13, 2021