Sunday split at home for Cubs


By Josh Howald

Hitting is rarely an issue for the Kincardine Cubs.

Dane Dunlop steals second base in Sunday's action against L\the London Area Angels.. (Josh Howald photo)


But Kincardine struggled at the plate Sunday afternoon against the Mitchell Astros, and as a result, the Cubs are no longer undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League action.

The Astros slowly chipped away at Kincardine and left town with a 10-6 victory. With the win, the Astros improve to 6-2 on the season, good for fourth place in the MOSBL standings.

The Cubs got an almost immediate chance for redemption, and took out frustrations on the London Area Angels later in the day. Kincardine had no problems at the plate in their second game of the day, cruising to a 19-7 win over an understaffed Angels team.

The Angels matched Kincardine's hit parade in the early going, but the Cubs broke things wide open in the sixth inning. The teams were tied at 7-7 when Curtis Cobean absolutely crushed a three-run home run to right centre field. Kincardine scored six runs in the inning. Scott Austin took the ball from Mitch Burrows on the mound and struck out the side in the next inning, and that was basically the ball game as the Cubs added another two runs in the next inning for insurance and added on to that at each at-bat coming down the stretch.

The Sunday split gives Kincardine a 7-1 record in MOSBL action. That's second only to the Listowel Legionnaires, who are still unbeaten with an 8-0 record. The Angels, meanwhile, fell to 3-7 with the loss, good for sixth place in the MOSBL standings.

The next scheduled league game for the Cubbies will be a rematch against the Angels on July 8 at the Komoka Community Centre. The following day, Kincardine will play two at home. The Lucan Irish Nine will be town for a 1 p.m. start and Listowel will visit Connaught Park for a huge tilt that could determine first place overall in the MOSBL at 4:30 p.m.

However, the Cubs will be busy this weekend, with two games set for Sunday at home as part of the 7th annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic. Kincardine will take on the AA New Lowell Knights and the AAA Sarnia Braves at Connaught Park. For more details on Sunday's Cubs Classic, see elsewhere in this week's sports section.