Cubs smoke Hitmen


The Kincardine Cubs remained undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League play with a one-sided 14-3 win last Wednesday night at the Hanover Raceway.

Scott Austin had a hot bat for the Cubs. He socked two home runs in this game, which moved Kincardine to 6-0 on the season.

Austin also made a great running catch into centre field from his shortstop position.

Tyler Middleton had his best start of the season on the mound. He struck out the first three batters he faced, and was still tossing a no-hitter heading into the fifth inning.

Former Cub Jimmy Kritz started for the Hitmen, whose roster is dotted with former Kincardine players.

"They are a young, talented team that just needs some experience," said Kincardine's Ryan Fraser on Monday.

"They just don't have the veterans that (we) do."

Next up for the Cubs is a Friday night game in Listowel against the 7-0 Legionnaires. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. in a game that will give one of the teams sole possession of first place overall in the MOSBL standings.

Sunday, Kincardine will host a double header at Connaught Park in Kincardine. The Mitchell Astros will be in town for a 12:30 p.m. game. Following that game, the Cubs will take on the London Area Angels in a 5:30 p.m. start.

And that takes the Cubs right into the Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic on Sunday, July 2 at Connaught park.

This year's event is the seventh annual, and always one of the highlights of Kincardine's season.

This year, there is a new format for the Classic. The Cubs will host a mini-tournament, with a AAA team from Sarnia and a AA team from New Lowell.

"It will be some of the best ball this town has ever seen," said infielder Greg Stepaniak.

Ryan Berry will MC the action, and as always, food and refreshments will be available. For more details on the McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.