Cape Breton Ramblers News and updates!
JULY 8th, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE:
The rest of Canada is coming Cape Breton for the 2019 Canadian Senior Little League Championships. Action kicks off July 12th and will run untilJuly 20th. For full schedule of events, click the link below:
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MAY 23rd, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE:
The Cape Breton Ramblers are proud to announce that on top of house league every Mon - Thurs, they will be competingg in the Midget AAA league this season. Find the schedule right here!
Sept 1st, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
The Cape Breton Ramblers are hosting the 2019 Canadian Senior Little League Championships July 12 - 20 at the Nicole Meaney Memorial Ball Park in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. This tournament will include the top 15-16 year old players from across all of Canada. Representatives from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada will all clash for a chance to go to the Senior League World Series in Easley South Carolina, USA and represent Canada!!
JULY 6th, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
One week from today the Cape Breton Ramblers will be in Edmonton, Alberta to compete for the Canadian Senior Little League National Title; where the winner will move on to represent Canada at the Senior Little League World Series in Easley, South Carolina!
Here is all of the important information you need to know to stay up to date with all the news and highlights from the Canadian Senior Little League National Championships!
All games will take place at the John Fry Park
Address: 9700 28 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6N 1A3
Ramblers Game Schedule:
Sunday July 15 - 3PM (MDT), 6PM (ATL) vs Quebec
Monday July 16 - 12PM (MDT, 3PM (ATL) vs Host Edmonton
Tuesday July 17 - 6PM (MDT), 9PM (ATL) vs Prairies
Wednesday July 18 - 3PM (MDT), 6PM (ATL) vs Alberta
Thursday July 19 - 12PM (MDT, 3PM (ATL) vs BC
Friday July 20 - 3PM (MDT), 6PM (ATL) vs Ontario
Saturday July 21 - Semi-finals 12PM (3PM ATL) & 4PM (7PM ATL)
Sunday July 22 - Championship 2:30 PM (MDT), 5:30PM (ATL)
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JULY 1st, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
Ramblers struggle to close out games against defending U18 ‘AAA’ Champions!
SYDNEY MINES, N.S. - Despite going into the final inning in 2 of their 3 games with the lead, the Cape Breton Ramblers managed to lose all 3 games against the defending U18 ‘AAA’ Champions, the Truro Bearcats.
In game 1, the Ramblers entered the 7th and final inning with a 3-2 lead but couldn’t hang on, as Truro managed to get 2 runs across the plate to win 4-3.
Kendall MacQueen pitched a solid 5 innings for the Ramblers, striking out 8 Truro Hitters and giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits. Brayden Boutilier was tagged with the loss for the Ramblers, giving up 2 earned runs on 2 hits.
The Ramblers offense came from Kendall MacQueen, Carter Jacobs and Chris Stanley who all had 2 hits a piece. Corson O’Rourke, Ethan Long and Ethan Conrad also had a hit in the ball game.
In Game 2, the Ramblers bats were silenced as Truro’s Dawson Briggs pitched a complete game, 2 hit, 3-0 shutout.
For the Ramblers, Chris Stanley was tagged with the loss pitching 2 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 1 hit and striking out 2 Truro hitters. Ethan Long came on in relief and pitched 3 2/3 innings, shutting out the Truro hitters, striking out 4 batters and giving up 0 runs on 2 hits.
At the plate, Tyler Steele broke up the no-hit bid in the 3rd inning with a single. Jarrett Hicks also chipped in with a single.
In the 3rd and final game of the series (9 inning game), the Ramblers went into the final inning with a 3-2 lead but couldn’t manage to close out the game as they watched another late game lead slip away, losing 5-3.
Brayden Boutilier had a strong outing on the mound as he tossed 7 1/3 innings for the Ramblers, giving up 2 earned runs, striking out 4 Truro hitters and allowing 5 hits. Brett MacMullin came on in relief but shouldered the loss in the 9th inning giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits.
At the dish, Kendall MacQueen and Brett MacMullin had 2 hits each, while Chris Stanley, Ethan Long, and Tyler Steele had a hit a piece.
The Cape Breton Ramblers are set to compete at the Canadian Senior Little League National Championships in Edmonton July 14th - 22nd. They will fly out on July 13th but wont see any action until July 15th when they play Quebec to kick off the their National tournament.
JUNE 22nd, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
The Cape Breton Ramblers would like to say a big THANK YOU to Sydney Credit Union for their support in our efforts to win a National Championship in Edmonton!
JUNE 16th, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
Ramblers win one, lose one VS Dartmouth Arrows!
SYDNEY, N.S. - The Cape Breton Ramblers split their double header with the Dartmouth AAA Arrows winning the first game 6-2 and dropping their second game in extra innings 6-5.
In game 1, Kendall MacQueen pitched a gem for the Ramblers only allowing 4 hits while striking out 6 Dartmouth batters.
At the plate, the Ramblers offense was paced by hits from Corson O’Rourke, Breton Sibley, Ethan Long and Chris Stanley.
In game 2, Parker Hanrahan started the game for the Ramblers and pitched 4 strong innings giving up 4 hits while striking out 6 and giving up 2 earned runs. Chris Stanley shouldered the loss to the Arrows in Extra Innings pitching 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, allowing 4 runs and striking out 1 Dartmouth batter.
The Ramblers offense came from Ethan Long with 3 singles, Brett MacMullin who smacked a 2 run double, Carter Jacobs with an RBI Single, and hits from Kendall MacQueen, and Corson O’Rourke.
The Ramblers will now prepare for Canada Day Weekend when they play host to the Truro AAA Bearcats. Game times are slated for 2 & 5 PM, June 30th at the Nicole Meaney Ball Park in Sydney Mines. They will also play Truro on Canada Day at the Susan MacEachern, game times to be announced at a later date.
June 4th - News Release:
Ramblers win in Exhibition play!
SYDNEY MINES, N.S. - In exhibition action last night the Ramblers picked up a 9-4 victory over the Cape Breton Expos. It was the first game for the Ramblers since selecting their final roster.
On the mound, Kendall MacQueen picked up the win pitching 3 strong innings, only allowing 2 hits, while striking out 5 Expos batters. Brayden Boutilier came on in relief pitching 3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, and struck out 5 batters. Ethan Conrad pitched the final inning and gave up 2 earned runs on 1 hit.
At the dish, Boutilier smacked 2 hits driving in 2 RBIs, while Stanley, Landry, and Jacobs all singled scoring an RBI a piece. Rounding out the hits included O’Rourke and Sibley with a single each.
Stat line for the night:
Macleod 0-3 2k
MacMullin 0-1 2w, K, 2rs
O'Rourke 1-3 2rs
Boutilier 2-3 2rs RBI
Stanley 1-1 2rs RBI
Long 0-2 w RS
Conrad 0-3 k
MacQueen 0-2 w rs
Hanrahan 0-0 2w rs
Landry 1-2 k RBI
Jacobs 1-1 w RBI
Hicks 0-2 k
Steele 0-2 k
Haggett 0-2 k
IP R ER H W K
MacQueen 3 0 0 2 1 5
Boutilier 3 2 2 3 5 5 With 1 HB
Conrad 1 2 2 1 2 0
“Exhibition games help us pay attention to detail and work on things to prepare us for the season and our National tournament. Both teams tonight did a good job mixing in everyone on the roster to get everyone at bats and defensive innings. We were just able to execute a bit better tonight. Prior to our team being finalized we dropped 2 exhibition games against the Expos so it was nice to come out tonight and get the W against these guys.
I thought we started the game well and our pitching closed the door. We hit the ball well too which has been a point of focus for us. We opened the game with a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning and cruised to the 9-4 win. There are always things to work on and with us, its to stay focused for a full 7 innings. I felt like as the game progressed to the 2nd half, we got a little stagnant, which cant happen if we want to win a National Championship. We need to be invested fully from opening pitch to the final out of the game. If we are able to do that, we will be able to compete with anyone. But overall, more positives than anything and we are happy with the result.” - Coach Spooney
The Ramblers practice Wednesday night before hitting the road Friday, June 8th to open the Chris Ritchie Memorial Midget AAA Tournament against the Halifax AAA Mets.
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June 1st, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
Cape Breton Ramblers announce Final Roster!
SYDNEY MINES, N.S. – The Cape Breton Ramblers have selected 16 players this year to compete for a National Title in the Senior Little League Division of Little League Canada in Edmonton July 14th – 22nd. The roster includes 8 returning players from last year’s team.
Cape Breton Ramblers Senior District Team Final Roster 2018:
Connor Campbell – Sydney, NS
Brett MacMullin – Sydney, NS
Kendall MacQueen – Membertou, NS*
Gabe Haggett – Sydney, NS*
Jarrett Hicks – Glace Bay, NS
Tyler Steele – Sydney, NS*
Dylan MacLeod – Sydney, NS
Carter Jacobs – Sydney, NS
Breton Sibley – Port Morien, NS*
Ethan Long – Sydney Mines, NS
Parker Hanrahan – Glace Bay, NS
Brayden Boutilier – Glace Bay, NS*
Ethan Conrad – New Waterford, NS*
Keigan Landry – Howie Center, NS
Chris Stanley – Glace Bay, NS*
Corson O’Rourke – Sydney River, NS*
* Denotes returning players
The Ramblers coaching staff would like to thank everyone who attended camp and made it a tough selection process. We wish everyone luck and a fun-filled season.
“First off, we as coaches would very much like to thank everyone who attended our camp and worked hard. We had a very competitive and strong showing at camp and it pushed these young men to earn their spot on the team. We are extremely excited to get to work and prepare for the biggest baseball tournament our country has to offer for this age group.” – Coach Spooney
The Ramblers open their season playing in the Chris Ritchie Memorial Midget AAA Tournament in Dartmouth June 8th – 10th with a double header starting Friday night at 5:00PM against the Halifax AAA Mets, followed by a game at 7:30PM versus the Pictou County AAA MacGreggors. The Ramblers will finish out the round robin with a night game Saturday, against Hammonds Plain at 7:30PM. The top 4 seeds will then advance to the semi-final on Sunday.
“This will be a huge test for our club because we enter this tournament being 2-3 years younger in age than the rest of the other teams competing. Its going to allow us to see some great pitching and to see how we stack up against some of the best teams our province has to offer. Ultimately, we want to get the best preparation in prior to leaving for Nationals in July and this is a great way to start. If we can pitch well, play defense to our capability and get some timely hitting with runners in scoring position, we can compete with anyone. We are excited for the challenge.” – Coach Spooney
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May 3rd, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
The Cape Breton Ramblers Senior District Identification Camp continues this Sunday 6:45 - 8:00 PM at the Indoor Dome Complex, due to the weather outside not cooperating. Cost is $10 per player. We hope this is the last time we are indoors. Directly to follow, there is a Parent Meeting and information session. It is important that all parents attend. We hope to see all eligible players and their parents there. Thanks!
April 28, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
Due to the pending inclement weather scheduled for tomorrow, the Cape Breton Ramblers Senior District Identification camp has been moved to the Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex Indoor Dome from 2:45 - 4:00 PM. All eligible Senior aged players (age 15 - 17, can't turn 17 prior to Sept 1, 2018) are encouraged to attend. Cost per player will be $10.
April 25, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
The Cape Breton Ramblers Identification Camp will begin this Sunday, April 29th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Nicole Meaney Ballpark in Sydney Mines. Ages include 15 - 17 (Can’t turn 17 prior to Sept 1, 2018). All eligible players are encouraged to attend. The Cape Breton Ramblers play in the Senior League division of Little League Canada and will compete in the Canadian Senior League National Championships in Edmonton July 14th - 22nd!
April 22, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE:
Cape Breton Ramblers announce Coaching Staff!
SYDNEY MINES, N.S. - The Cape Breton Ramblers (Formerly the Cape Breton Cubs) have announced Saturday that the new bench boss for the upcoming 2018 season is Josh Spooney. Spooney, a former standout for the Cape Breton University Capers, who was a 2-time All-Canadian and Atlantic Conference Batting Champion, hopes that he can pass on the skills and experiences he has learned through his playing days, to help bring a National Championship back to Cape Breton.
"I'm extremely honoured to help develop this program and I look forward to getting to work. I've had the privilege of playing baseball for some great coaches and alongside some amazing teammates in my time, and I'm going to draw on those experiences to help build a winning culture for this program." - Spooney
Spooney is not the only coach on staff to have success on the diamond; Assistant coaches Dave MacMullin and Keith Stanley also enjoyed playing success. Dave MacMullin is a former Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League All-star and silver medalist for both NSSBL Nationals and Canada Games; and Keith Stanley helped coach the Senior team last year and has won championships during his playing days in both hardball and fast pitch in the past. Together, their combined knowledge will be key assets to teaching their team of 15-17 year olds.
The Ramblers also brought in both Tyler Spooney and Shawn Julian to help with player development. Both Spooney and Julian will help with on field activities, alongside the coaching staff, to best prepare the team for their Canadian National tournament.
The Cape Breton Ramblers will carry a core-team roster from May to June when they announce their roster on June 1st. The Ramblers will play in the Midget Division of Baseball Nova Scotia, as well as, the Canadian Senior League National Championships in Edmonton, July 14th - 22nd. If the Ramblers win Canadian Nationals, they will advance to the Senior League World Series in Easley, South Carolina.