TRURO – The Truro Bearcats are set to get back in action on Sunday afternoon, after a 12-day break kept them holed up on the sidelines.
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Truro’s Guy Pellerine said he doesn’t expect his team to bare any ill effects from the team’s 12 day break in the schedule. While the Bearcats were sidelined, Halifax emerged with three straight wins, overtaking the Cats for second in the standings
The Bearcats were forced to sit by and watch as the rival Halifax Molson Pelham Canadians went on a three game streak, overtaking the Cats for second place in the league.
It’s an odd pause for the Bearcats, and one that likely couldn’t have come at a worse time.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Cats’ player Guy Pellerine, who is hitting .333 this season with two homers and 12 RBI. “We were just heating up and getting things going, and then have to take a break like that. It’s tough.”
The Bearcats entered the void in scheduling after coming off a three-game win streak of their own, which included a win over the league-leading Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. While the Cats handed the Dry their first loss of the season, the Canadians bounced back last week to hand the Dry back-to-back losses for the first time this year.
The Canadians edged out the Dry 12-11 last Tuesday night to take over sole posession of second. The previous game, they’d hammered Dartmouth for 22 runs to take a 22-15 win. On a fog-filled evening, the two teams combined for 37 runs and nine errors.
While Halifax is getting hot, Pellerine said he’s confident his Cats aren’t cooling off anytime soon.
“We’re right where we want to be,” he said. “We’re getting hits where we need to get them, and getting solid pitching. We’re playing with confidence.”
Pellerine admits things were tough early in the season, but says the team has found a way to right the ship.
“We weren’t winning games where we should have been, for sure,” he said. “But it feels different now, and we’re winning the games we need to.”
Near the top of the league now, Pellerine says he was paying a little more attention to the other games than he normally would while on break.
“We’re in the thick of things now, so you definitely find yourself paying attention a little bit more with what’s going on around the league.”
The Bearcats will get things underway on Sunday in Kentville against the Wildcats, with the opening pitch going out at 1 p.m.
Pellerine expects his team to come out strong against the Wildcats, who are at the bottom of the league standings.
“We kept busy as much as we could with a couple practices,” he said. “I don’t think there will be any cobwebs to shake off or anything.”
The Canadians sit one game up on the Bearcats, while the Cats hold two games in hand.