Holland College Hurricanes hoping to offer baseball in fall 2014

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The Holland College Hurricanes are hoping to offer baseball next fall.

The college has applied to join the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) for entry into the league in 2014. The Hurricanes would play in the Atlantic Division with St. Mary’s, St. F.X., UNB, Dalhousie, Cape Breton and Crandall.

The league begins in early September and the schedule concludes in late October, followed by the national championships. The Cape Breton Capers lost to the St. Clair Saints (Ontario) in last year’s championship game. The event was held in Windsor, Ontario in 2013.

“Baseball has a rich history on the Island and having an opportunity to introduce collegiate ball to our province is a natural fit,” said athletic and recreation director Albert Roche. “Adding an opportunity for ball players to play for their school team is a tremendous feature, we feel P.E.I. will enjoy the product.

“As we have seen in the past with other sports, this project requires our Island baseball community to join us and work together to advance baseball”.

Roche said offering the sport could help attract student-athletes to its campuses.

“The collegiate league is growing and we feel now is an ideal time to join and be part of the varsity baseball scene in Atlantic Canada,” he said. “Prince Edward Island needs to be represented and we will develop a competitive team.”         

Brad Power, a baseball player from Cornwall, is excited about the potential of playing baseball at home while completing his studies.

“I’m really excited for Holland College to add my favourite sport and I can’t wait to start playing for the team this upcoming season.”

The league uses wooden bats and plays seven-inning games. The Hurricanes would call Charlottetown’s Memorial Field home for the 2014 season.

Will Connolly, who plays with the Hurricanes hockey team and is a member of the Charlottetown Islanders senior baseball team, is excited at the chance to represent the school on the diamond.

“I was excited to hear the news of Holland College bringing baseball to the school,” said the first-year sport and leisure management student. “I’m looking forward to playing ball for the Hurricanes.”

The Hurricanes will look to name the team’s coaching staff and to start building their roster in early 2014. Any baseball players attending Holland College in September 2014 who are interested in trying out for the Hurricanes are asked to email hollandhurricanes@hollandcollege.com with their contact information and playing history. 

The team will hold its first information meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m. for any interested players at Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement. The team is expected to begin team fitness and skill sessions beginning in early 2014 for any players already attending Holland College.

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association, Community Engagement

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada, Cape Breton Ontario Windsor Cornwall

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