The Dooly's Coors Light Blues are hoping momentum gained at the Baseball Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA championships last weekend will spill into this weekend's Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championships.
Matt Keddy of the Doolys Coors Light Blues will get the start on Satuday against the Pennant winning Hantsport Shamrocks as the team vies for a Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League crown. File photo
HANTSPORT - The Dooly's Coors Light Blues are hoping momentum gained at the Baseball Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA championships last weekend will spill into this weekend's Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championships.
The Blues, runner up at the provincials, will have their hands full as they battle the host Hantsport Shamrocks in the opening game of the event while the Intermediate AAA champion Pictou County Albions will host Bridgewater in game two.
"The team is definitely ready and all the guys are pumped to go out and make a run at this thing,'' Barry 'Sparky' Anderson, manager of the Blues, said.
"We think we have a chance at this. The guys have played well and when you get in a scenario like tournament play, you never know what will happen,'' he added.
Anderson knows the competition will be tough from the get go and he is calling on Matt Keddy to shut down the Shamrocks in game one and hopefully move forward late in the day Saturday. Keddy, the team's lone all-star selection this season, has pitched well developing into the team's ace in the process including earning a win over Hantsport the only time he faced them this season.
"All of the teams here are really good clubs. I think a few of these teams would be able to compete well at the senior league level,'' Anderson said.
The NSIBL will honour its all-star selections during a ceremony on Sunday prior to the championship game. In addition, players, teams, coaches and builders will be inducted into the NSIBL hall of fame.
Making the trek into the hall will be former Maccan McDonald's Royals pitcher/infielder Carl McIsaac. McIsaac also played with the Intermediate A Amherst Mavericks before moving over to Maccan where he played for over a decade.
"Carl is a classy player and person. He went to Atlantics with us in 2004,'' Anderson said.
McIsaac will be honoured during a ceremony on Saturday afternoon, prior to the 3 p.m. contest.