Holland College Hurricanes join baseball league

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The Holland College Hurricanes will field a baseball team in the fall.

The Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) announced on Monday the Hurricanes have been accepted into the association’s Atlantic division.

“It’s the news we have been waiting to hear as we can now begin the building process to field a competitive varsity baseball team here at Holland College,” said athletic director Albert Roche. “We think the collegiate baseball product will be high-calibre and give the sport a real boost in Prince Edward Island. And we’re excited that it will happen right away in 2014.”

The Hurricanes join St. Mary’s, St. F.X., UNB, Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Crandall University in the Atlantic division. The league uses wooden bats and plays seven-inning games.

Games will begin in early September with conference playoffs occurring in early October.  The national championships are slated to be held in Montreal in 2014 where the top teams will compete for league supremacy. The schedule consists of teams playing double-headers during the regular season.

The Hurricanes will call Charlottetown’s Memorial Field home.

Holland College is expected to name the team head coach/baseball manager in the coming days. The team will begin to prepare for their inaugural season through workouts and indoor sessions this winter and spring before the players will leave to play during the summer with their club teams. Training camp will start again in late August.

There is an open meeting being held on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement, Room 311, for anyone interested in Hurricanes baseball. The meeting is open to the community, including players interested in trying out or public wanting to volunteer with the baseball program or become a booster club member.

Anyone looking to try out for the team or receive more information on the Hurricanes baseball team is asked to email hollandhurricanes@hollandcollege.com.

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association, Dalhousie and Crandall University Community Engagement

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Montreal

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