© DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST DAILY NEWS
Dave MacLeod (right) receives a Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball Hall of Fame certificate from NSIBL president Barry Anderson last week at Robb’s Centennial Complex in Amherst.
AMHERST – ‘Leader’ was the word often used to describe Amherst’s Dave MacLeod upon being inducted into the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Hall of Fame.
MacLeod played a little over 10 year’s in the NSIBL, two with the Maccan Royals and eight complete years with the Dooly’s Coor’s Light Silver Bullets.
“It was a big adjustment coming from Maccan to Amhherst said the 35-year-old. “In Maccan there were a lot of leaders and, coming to Amherst, everyone was so young.”
2011 was the last season MacLeod played for Dooly’s.
“I wrapped it up a couple times but I played a couple times last year,” said MacLeod. “I played outfield and first base, anywhere I was needed really.”
MacLeod finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .304, scoring nearly 100 RBI’s in 400 at bats.
“The more you play the better you get, but my batting may have decreased a bit towards the end,” said MacLeod. “I always tried to lead by example and tried to lead by heart.”
What he misses most about playing baseball is being competitive and his teammates.
“I played with great coaches and great teammates,” he said.
The 2011 season was also the final year Dooly’s entered a team in the NSIBL.
“Amherst has a lot of good ball players, so it was tough to see them not entering a team in the league this year.”
He started playing tee-ball at an early age and developed his game through the Amherst Little League system.
Asked if he imagines himself becoming involved in Amherst baseball again, Macleod said, “maybe not in NSIBL but maybe in little league so I can work with the young kids.”
Other players inducted into the 2012 hall of fame are Dwayne Russell of the Pictou Albions, and Shawn Woodworth of the Bridgewater Bulldogs.
– MacLeod had two NSIBL runner-up seasons with the Royals and one Baseball Nova Scotia title.
– Upon his return to Amherst MacLeod became team captain, helping lead the team to Nova Scotia and Atlantic titles in 2002 and 2005.