The Holland College Hurricanes baseball team returns to the diamond this weekend to begin the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) regular season.
The team was originally scheduled to begin its season last weekend, with two road games followed by two home games, until they were rescheduled due to Dorian.
The team travels to Halifax Saturday to take on the Dalhousie Tigers before heading to Fredericton, N.B., Sunday to take on the UNB Reds.
Both weekend matchups are doubleheaders with the first pitch for Game 1 set for 1 p.m. and Game 2 expected to begin at about 3:30 p.m.
“Our team has a number of versatile players which provides added depth at our most important positions in the field,” said head coach Andrew MacNevin. “Our group of players are very eager to compete and I like our gamesmanship thus far. It’s going to be a matter of us getting off to a good start and who gets hot come championship time in October.
“The new ACBA structure is going to be fun for all competing teams and we look forward to challenging for a conference banner this season.”
The Hurricanes roster features eight players who were on last year’s team that went 10-0 in the regular season. The roster also features a strong Island contingent with 14 players from P.E.I.
“I think we have a great mix of returning players and new guys on our roster,” said second-year player Tyler Johnson, a pitcher from Cardigan. “It's definitely a group that will do everything they can to win ball games.”
The Hurricanes will host their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 22, when they host the St. FX X-Men at 1 and 3:30pm at Memorial Field.
“I’m very excited to get the season started with a great group of guys,” said Morell native Jake MacLaren, a first-year middle infielder with the ’Canes. “I feel like we have a lot of potential this year and can do great things on the field.”