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U18 Bearcats earn berth at national baseball championship

The Truro Bearcats are going to the Canadian U18 baseball championship in Fort McMurray, Alta. The Bearcats won the Nova Scotia elimination tournament to earn a spot at the national event Aug. 16 to 19. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Lucas Watson, Mackie Marquis, Connor Anger, Zack Betts, Nate Stone and Mats Stone; second row, assistant coach Dean Angers, assistant coach Curtis Briggs, Parker Spencer, Kenzee Rushton, Tanner Greatorex, Luke Smith, Tyler O'Leary, Connor Irwin, Dawson Briggs, Chad Russell, Brady Rushton and head coach Greg Marquis.
The Truro Bearcats are going to the Canadian U18 baseball championship in Fort McMurray, Alta. The Bearcats won the Nova Scotia elimination tournament to earn a spot at the national event Aug. 16 to 19. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Lucas Watson, Mackie Marquis, Connor Anger, Zack Betts, Nate Stone and Mats Stone; second row, assistant coach Dean Angers, assistant coach Curtis Briggs, Parker Spencer, Kenzee Rushton, Tanner Greatorex, Luke Smith, Tyler O'Leary, Connor Irwin, Dawson Briggs, Chad Russell, Brady Rushton and head coach Greg Marquis. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats under-18 AAA baseball team will play for a national title.

The Bearcats will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian championship Aug. 16 to 19 in Fort McMurray, Alta., after winning the seven-team Nova Scotia national elimination tournament in Dartmouth and Sackville.

Truro went undefeated in the elimination tournament and blanked the Kentville Wildcats 4-0 in the final. Connor Angers doubled and drove in a run in the championship game, while Parker Spencer, Mackie Marquis and Zack Betts each delivered a pair of hits and Dawson Briggs and Mats Stone each added singles.

Tyler O'Leary was the winning pitcher, while Chad Russell closed it out.

In Game 1 at Beazley Field, the Bearcats walked off a 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Wildcats, before a 14-0 drubbing of the Halifax Mets to earn a direct berth in a semifinal.

In that semifinal, the Bearcats came up with a clutch 6-4 triumph over the host Hammonds Plains A’s to book their ticket to the championship tilt. Kentville edged the Dartmouth Arrows 3-2 in the other semifinal matchup.

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