By Josh Howald
This year's Cubs Classic could very well prove to be the best yet.
The fourth annual Mike McLelland Memorial has all the ingredients for success. The Kincardine Cubs have lined up some quality opponents for a double header, and will sandwich those contests with a showcase of Kincardine's up-and-coming talent on the diamond. If Aug. 3 happens to be a beautiful summer's day, there could be one large crowd at Connaught Park.
The Cubbies host a day of baseball each year to celebrate the life of their friend and teammate, Mike McLelland. Entry to Connaught Park is by donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In the first three years, the team has donated an impressive $19, 609.05 to Heart and Stroke. It is a family affair, with plenty of baseball action, cold drinks, music, food and prizes. In past years, the team has played double headers, an alumni game and an exhibition contest. This year, it looks like they have picked a winning formula.
The gates open at 1 p.m., and Kincardine will take on the Oakridge Reds, who are nipping at their heels for second place overall in the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
That will be followed by a 5 p.m. game between the Kincardine WOBA peewee Cardinals and the Goderich peewees. The Cards have been having a tremendous season, with three tournament wins under their belt already. The players are looking forward to playing in front of a large crowd as they prepare for the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) tournament in August.
The main event is set to start at 7:40 p.m., and will feature the Cubs against the TVSBL leading Listowel Legionnaires. Listowel, 10-3 on the season, spoiled Kincardine's chance at a perfect playoff run last year. The Cubbies may be the defending OBA champs, but the Legionnaires defeated Kincardine in the playoff final of the TVSBL playoffs last year. It's always an entertaining game when these two teams meet up.