686-days will have passed as of this Saturday since the Holland Hurricanes last intercollegiate baseball game, a 7-2 win over the Humber College Hawks on October 26, 2019; the national collegiate bronze medal game in Etobicoke, Ontario.
The Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association returns this weekend after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘Canes will kick off the season with a double-header on Saturday at home versus the Acadia University Axemen; both games take place at Memorial Field at Victoria Park with game one starting at 1pm followed by game two at approximately 3:15pm.
“We are excited for the return of collegiate baseball to PEI after last season being cancelled,” shared head coach of the Hurricanes, Andrew MacNevin. “We feel good about the group of players we have recruited and look forward to taking the field this weekend with our home opener.”
In 2019, the Hurricanes and Axemen battled for the top-spot in the standings during the regular season, with the ‘Canes finishing first at 14-2 and Acadia in second at 12-4. The teams split the season series 1-1.
“We seem to have a great group of boys this year and the team is looking strong and motivated to play some great baseball,” shared Hurricanes first baseman, Drew Grady. “Everyone is looking forward to getting back to a normal season.”
The ‘Canes will then travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday to take on the Dalhousie University Tigers for a double-header, also at 1 and 3:15pm. The ‘Canes defeated the Tigers in all four games in 2019, with Dalhousie finishing sixth in the standings at 2-14.
Pitcher, Cody LeBlanc, shares his excitement of getting back to action.
“I can’t wait to finally have a full season this year. My first year was shut down due to the pandemic which was disappointing. I’m excited to get things started for real this weekend.”
2021 promises to be a big year for the baseball Hurricanes as they have been named the hosts of this seasons ACBA Championship on October 15-17. The three-day tournament, taking place at Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charlottetown, will feature the top-four teams from the regular season as they battle for the 2021 league championship.
Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, Albert Roche, looks forward to hosting the region’s best in the 2021 ACBA Championship in PEI.
“Since the inception of Hurricanes baseball, we have witnessed our program have success regionally and nationally, however, these wins have been on the road. With being awarded the hosting of the collegiate baseball championship, we will get to watch our boys in action at home and capture the benefits of welcoming another championship to PEI. This will be our first baseball championship and we are confident the student-athlete experience will be exceptional, as well as the quality of the baseball.”
If you’d like to support the baseball Hurricanes this season, Booster Club memberships are now on sale. For $100, each member received two personalized season passes, plus two Hurricanes travel mugs. To register, visit www.hollandhurricanes.com.www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, September 09, 2021