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Maccan baseball squad calls it quits after 85 years of existence

MACCAN One of this provinces most storied baseball teams has folded.

The Maccan Royals, who date back as far as 85 years, have been granted a one-year leave of absence from the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League and its very unlikely the team will return anytime soon.

Its kind of disappointing really, but there just arent enough players to keep the team going, the Royals last coach Darren Collins said Sunday.

It was a tough decision to make, knowing the tradition behind the team but there arent any young players from this area coming up through the system ready to step in.

With an aging roster, the Royals

MACCAN One of this provinces most storied baseball teams has folded.

The Maccan Royals, who date back as far as 85 years, have been granted a one-year leave of absence from the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League and its very unlikely the team will return anytime soon.

Its kind of disappointing really, but there just arent enough players to keep the team going, the Royals last coach Darren Collins said Sunday.

It was a tough decision to make, knowing the tradition behind the team but there arent any young players from this area coming up through the system ready to step in.

With an aging roster, the Royals have been forced to bring in a number of new faces from Amherst over the last couple of years.

The team struggled on the field last season, earning only three wins in league play after being an intermediate powerhouse for so many years.

The Royals, who won a provincial and Atlantic title just three years ago, were inducted into the Nova Scotia Baseball Hall of Fame several years ago. They and the famed Springhill Fencebusters are the only two Cumberland County baseball teams in the hall.

Collins is unsure where the teams existing players will play this season. He and pitcher Jeff Hoeg have been invited to join the Amherst Doolys Blues while other younger players may return to the midget ranks.

This has been coming for a few years. Its been getting harder to put a team together. We needed players more than bodies.

This league is a very competitive one and to simply put a team together and go out there and get beat bad would be embarrassing for Maccan and the league, Collins said.

Blues skipper Barry Anderson, a resident of Maccan, is disappointed the Royals wont be in the league this year. Like Collins, he hopes the day comes when the Royals return.

Maccan was good for the league and good for our team because we had a good rivalry with them over the years, Anderson said.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: A Royal, Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League, Nova Scotia Baseball Hall of Fame Amherst Doolys Blues

Geographic location: Maccan, Amherst, Cumberland County

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