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CUBS WIN 2021 FALL CLASSIC
DEFEAT PIRATES 3-2

October 11, 2021

The North Island Cubs defeated the Nanaimo Pirates 3-2 in the Championship final of their own Fall Classic Tournament this weekend at Nunns Creek Park.

After an exciting semi final win over the Parksville Royals, the Cubs faced the Nanaimo Pirates, who defeated the Victoria Seawolves in earlier semi final action. 

Braydon Penn was given the start for the Cubs, throwing 2 complete innings, striking out 2 Pirates batters and allowing a single run. Rookie right hander, Zach Auramenko was brought in and threw 4 shutout innings, striking out 5 Nanaimo batters and not issuing a single walk. Kaleb Robertson was brought in to close in the 7th, striking out 1 batter and allowing only a single run.

It took until the 4th inning for the Cubs to finally get on the board, on singles from Brian Robbins, Maguire Parker and Elijah Sulz (2 RBI's). They continued their offence in the 5th with a double by David Klatt, and singles by Zach Dobie and Brian Robbins (1 RBI).

The Pirates were threatening in the top of the 7th until Robertson struck out their 7 hole batter for the 1st out of the inning. After walking the next batter, Robertson caught a hard hit line drive that was hit right back at him and then doubled off the runner at 1st base to seal the Championship Victory for the Cubs, and bring them their second consecutive Cubs Fall Classic trophy!

The Cubs wrap up their fall season with a double header against the VI Mariners next Sunday at Nunns Creek. The North Island squad would also like to thank the parents who volunteered all their time to make the tournament happen, as well as all their committed sponsors who helped throughout the year.

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2021 Champs!

CUBS BEAT ROYALS IN SEMIFINAL GAME TO ADVANCE TO FINAL

October 11, 2021

The North Island Cubs walked off the Parksville Royals 4-3, in the Fall Classic semi final, to advance to the Finals against the Nanaimo Pirates on Monday.

In what was billed as the "best game of the tournament", the Cubs and Royals provided the fans at Nunns Creek with 7 innings of entertaining and exciting baseball with the Cubs' Kaleb Robertson providing the heroics in the bottom of the 7th, walking off the Royals with a steal of home plate.

After 4.5 scoreless innings, the Cubs finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th. With 2 outs, Braydon Penn reached base on an error, and was moved over to 2nd on a single by Kaleb Robertson. The following Cubs' batter, Kanoah Sequeira, was hit by a pitch, to load the bases. North Island's next batter, Elijah Sulz, put a ball in play and created an overthrow to 1st base, which plated all 3 Cubs baserunners. Heading into the top of the 6th inning, the Royals manufactured 3 runs of their own to tie the game on three straight singles, a hit batter and another single. Heading into the bottom of the 6th, the Cubs saw a Royals pitching change. After a leadoff walk, the Cubs batters flew out, struck out and were picked off to end the inning. Closer Braydon Penn entered the game for the Cubs in the top of the 7th, where he got the 1st two Royals batters to ground out and then dispatched the third batter with a strikeout.

The Cubs entered the bottom of the 7th with 3rd baseman Brian Robbins grounding out. Braydon Penn then struckout swinging. Down to their last out, catcher Kaleb Robertson drew a walk. 2nd baseman Kanoah Sequeira advanced Robertson to 3rd base on an opposite field single, setting the stage for one of the most exciting plays in baseball. With runners at 1st and 3rd, the Parksville pitcher attempted to pick-off Sequeira at 1st base. As the throw was on its way to 1st, Robertson broke for home and dove across the plate head-first, beating the throw from the 1st baseman and sending the Cubs to the final.

Offensively, the Cubs had singles from David Klatt, Kaleb Robertson and Sequeira.

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Kaleb Robertson

CUBS DEFEAT SEAWOLVES IN MARATHON GAME

October 10, 2021

The North Island Cubs defeated the Victoria Seawolves Sunday night in a rain-delayed start which saw the game begin 3 hours later than the original start time.

In what was probably the best game the Cubs had played in the entire Fall season, a rain delay, and a blackout weren't enough to keep the locals from grinding out their 3rd win at the Fall Classic tournament at Nunns Creek Park. 

 

Marcus Petersen was given the start Sunday evening and didn't disappoint, as he threw a complete game win, holding the Seawolves off the scoreboard until late in the 6th inning. The rookie right hander kept the Victoria squad off balance, inducing several ground balls and pop ups for outs, combined with 4 strikeouts of his own. His teammates were solid behind him as they played a flawless defensive game, not committing a single error. Defensive highlights included outfield catches by Chris Rodrigues and Aiden Robertson, catcher - Maguire Parker throwing out a stealing Victoria baserunner at 2nd, and 3rd baseman, Brian Robbins, throwing across the diamond for 3 outs at 1st base.

The Cubs pounced on the Seawolves early, putting up 5 runs in the 1st, as both teams were loud and hyped up as the banter from both dugouts could be heard all around the park. Offense was consistent from the Cubs as singles went to Rodrigues, Aiden Robertson, Petersen (1 RBI), Maguire Parker (1 RBI), Levi Karasz (1 RBI), Kanoah Sequeira and Zach Auramenko. Kaleb Robertson had a pair of singles to round out the Cubs attack.

As the game entered the top of the 7th inning with Cubs runners on base, the field lights went out - halting the game at 11:00pm. After a brief delay while the lights restarted, the Cubs managed to score 2 more runs and were threatening to put up a couple more, when the lights went out for good. Unfortunately the game had to be called at 11:45pm, bringing an end to a marathon day for both the Cubs and Seawolves with a 9-1 North Island victory.

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Marcus Petersen

CUBS EDGE PIRATES IN GAME 2 OF FALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

October 10, 2021

The North Island Cubs edged out the Nanaimo Pirates in their second round robin game of the Fall Classic tournament at Nunns Creek Park Thanksgiving weekend, by a score of 11 -9.

Eric Schultz was given the ball for the Cubs to start the game, and he dealt for 2 2/3 innings, striking out 5 Nanaimo batters before the skies opened up and put the game under a rain delay. After an hour long delay and subsequent cleanup of the field, the game resumed with Kaleb Robertson taking over the pitching duties for Schultz. Robertson threw 2 1/3 innings, striking out 3 Pirates batters before being replaced by Zach Auramenko, who closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts himself. Cubs pitchers were being kept below the maximum allowable pitch count for the day by the coaching staff, to enable them to pitch the following day if needed.

Auramenko (1RBI), Brian Robbins (2 RBI's), Kanoah Sequeira, and Marcus Petersen (2 RBI's) all had a pair of singles, while doubles went to Elijah Sulz and Levi Karasz (1 RBI). The Cubs offence was consistent, scoring runs in all but one inning. Aggressive baserunning was also evident as Auramenko, Karasz and Sequeira all scored twice.

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Zach Auramenko

CUBS DEFEAT ROYALS TO OPEN FALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

October 9, 2021

The North Island Cubs opened their 2021 Fall Classic with a convincing win over the Parksville Royals.

Saturday's tournament opening game saw the Cubs' Brayden Penn take the mound and throw 4 innings, striking out 4 Parksville batters. He was replaced by Marcus Petersen in the 5th, who had 3 strikeouts of his own. Offensively the Cubs were led by 1st baseman, Brian Robbins, who was 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a pair of singles (3 RBI's). Penn contributed to his own cause with a double and a single (1 RBI), Zach Dobie mirrored Penn with a double and a single of his own (2 RBI's), while singles went to David Klatt, Maguire Parker, Eric Schultz and Levi Karasz.

After scoring single runs in the 1st and 2nd innings, the Cubs exploded with 5 runs in the 3rd, one in the 4th, two in the 5th, and another four runs in the 6th to round out the scoring for a 14-10 win.

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Brian Robbins

AURAMENKO NO-HITS SAANICH IN DECIDING GAME TO ADVANCE

August 1st, 2021

Hunter Auramenko threw a no-hitter against the Saanich Force, in the 3rd and deciding game of their quarter - final series. The win advances the 15UAA North Island Cubs on to the next round of playoffs, next weekend.

Marcus Petersen led the way offensively, going 3 for 3 with a double and two singles ( 3RBI's ), Maguire Parker had two doubles ( 1 RBI ), while singles went to Hunter Auramenko, Hayden Robbins ( 1 RBI ), Zach Auramenko ( 3 RBI's ) and Rylan Nohr ( 1 RBI ), who just recently returned from an injury.

 

The Cubs defence was stingy, not allowing a single run, and not committing a single error through 5 innings. 

The North Island 18UAAA team finished first overall in their division, winning the pennant and securing a first round bye. They will face the North Shore Padres in a 3 game series August 7th & 8th.

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Hunter Auramenko

SCHULZ THROWS NO-HITTER AS CUBS TRIUMPH OVER ROYALS.
FRUMENTO GOES YARD IN CUBS DEBUT

May 16, 2021

Eric Schulz was brilliant on the mound on Saturday, throwing a no-hitter to lead the 15UAA Cubs past the North Island Royals 12-1. Schulz earned the win for the locals, going five innings, allowing only 1 run on zero hits and striking out 11 Royals batters.

The Cubs got their offence going in the first inning, when Spencer Webb singled off of the first pitch he saw, scoring two runs. The Cubs had 8 hits in the game. Nick Saflin and Webb had a pair of hits each, while Maguire Parker hammered a triple to the fence that scored 3 Cubs baserunners. Hayden Robbins hit a 2 RBI double and singles went to Carsen Barton (1 RBI) and Hunter Auramenko (1 RBI). The Cubs defence was stellar as well, not committing a single error all game.

The 18UAAA Cubs also started their season on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins over the Cowichan Mustangs. Kaleb Robertson got the nod for the North Island squad in game one, striking out six Cowichan batters over three innings of work. Fellow rookie, Walker Maximick pitched the back half of the game, striking out five batters en-route to a 12-2 win. Offensively the Cubs were led by Landon Bowers with three singles (5 RBI's), David Klatt (2 RBI's) and Braydon Penn with two singles each, while singles were hit by Wyatt Dumont & Zach Dobie.

Game 2 saw Joe Frumento get the start as he threw the first three innings, only to hand it over to David Klatt in the fourth. Frumento's debut lived up to the  to the hype, as he led the way offensively, going three for three with a single in the 1st, a double in the 3rd and a three run Homerun that sailed over the left field fence in the 4th. Brian Robbins was also three for three with 3 singles. Owen Lagos was two for two with a pair of singles, while Klatt also added his own double. Singles went to Dumont, Dobie, Bowers, Maximick and Robertson, as the Cubs downed the Mustangs 18-4.

On Sunday the 18UAAA squad travelled to Victoria to play the Seawolves at Lambrick Park where they picked up another pair of victories. Game one saw Wyatt Dumont pitch a complete game, striking out 14 and not issuing a single walk. Lagos had three singles, while Klatt had a double and a single. Singles went to Dumont, Bowers, Dobie, Frumento, Maximick and Gareth MacDonald, as the Cubs defeated the Seawolves 10-2.

Game two had Braydon Penn on the mound for the Cubs, as he threw his own complete game with 4 strikeouts through 5 innings. Dumont led the way offensively with a double and two singles, while Klatt and Frumento had a pair of singles each. MacDonald and Robbins rounded out the offensive onslaught with a single each as the Cubs triumphed in a 12-2 victory.

Both Cubs teams play next Sunday, June 27th. The 15UAA team is home to the Cowichan Mustangs in a highly anticipated contest - 12pm start at Nunns Creek, while the 18UAAA squad travels down to Cowichan to play the Mustangs at Evans Park at 12pm & 3pm.

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Eric Schultz

MARKUS CROSS SIGNS WITH VIU MARINERS

May 16, 2021

Current North Island Cub player, Markus Cross has signed with the VIU Mariners of the CCBC. Markus has played with the Cubs since his rookie season in 2019. The 6'1", 170lb RHP/SS/OF  has been a part of two Provincial Championship runs with the Cubs, helping them win the title in 2020. His speed on the bases and his versatility on the field make him a valuable commodity to any team. Look for him to lead the team in his final year as a Cub, as they look for a return to play in the near future. The Cubs organization are extremely pleased to see Markus moving on to the next level where he plans to play baseball and study Engineering. Best of luck Markus!

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Markus Cross

MATT O'REILLY SIGNS WITH DOUGLAS COLLEGE

April 20th, 2021

Former North Island Cub, Matt O'Reilly has made the jump to the next level. The 2020 Grad played two seasons for the Cubs, as a starting outfielder. His work ethic and dedication left a lasting impression on the Cubs franchise, and will serve him well moving forward. Matt played his Grade 12 year in Parksville as a member of the PBL Royals before signing with Douglas College of the NWAC in a Covid shortened 2021 season, O'Reilly plans to return to Douglas for the 2022 season. The Cubs wish him success in his baseball future!

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Matt O'Reilly

BRAYDEN McCLARY COMMITTS TO CORBAN UNIVERSITY

April 8th, 2021

Former North Island Cub, Brayden McClary has committed to the NAIA's Corban University Warriors of the CCC. After playing his final season with the Cubs in 2019, McClary signed with the VIU Mariners of the CCBC for the 2020 campaign. The 6'2" RHP/Catcher/Utility played 2 seasons for the Cubs, leading the way in 2018 with a batting average of .458, including 5 homeruns, 42 RBIs and a whopping 45 stolen bases. He also topped the leaderboard in 2019 with an average of .375, including 3 homeruns and 22 RBIs. The Cubs wish Brayden all the best in his future with the Warriors!

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Braydon McClary

CURTIS OWENS SIGNS WITH THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY

April 1st, 2021

Former North Island Cub, Curtis Owens, has signed with the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack of the CCBC. The 6'2" RHP/Outfielder played 2 seasons with the Cubs and was instrumental in their run to the Provincial final in 2018. In his final season with North Island, he played 37 games and had an average of .423! His quickness and speed also garnered him 12 stolen bases  The Cubs organization wishes Curtis all the best in his future with the 'Pack.

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Curtis Owens

18UAAA & 15UAA ROSTERS FOR 2021 ANNOUNCED

April 1st, 2021

18UAAA

Cameron Bell '03,     Sean Bow '05,     Landon Bowers '04,     Markus Cross '03,     Zach Dobie '05,     

Wyatt Dumont '04,     Joe Frumento '03,     David Klatt '04,     Owen Lagos '04,     Gareth MacDonald '04,     

Walker Maximick '05,     Braydon Penn '04,     Brian Robbins '05,     Kaleb Robertson '05

15UAA

Hunter Auramenko '07,     Zachary Auramenko '06,     Carsen Barton '07,     Ethan Crowhurst '07,     

Corbyn Nohr '07,     Rylan Nohr '07,     Maguire Parker '06,     Marcus Petersen '06,     Hayden Robbins '07,

Linden Robertson '07,     Nick Saflin '07,     Eric Schulz '06,     Kanoah Sequeira '06,     Spencer Webb '07

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Parker & Sequeira

CUBS GREY WINS 2020 CUBS FALL CLASSIC

October 26th, 2020

The North Island Cubs wrapped up their Fall Ball season, hosting their own "Fall Classic" series October 23rd - 25th at Nunns Creek Park. 

The Cubs Grey team emerged victorious after defeating the Cubs Blue squad in an exciting final played under the lights at "The Creek". Their path to the final was nothing short of exciting as they defeated the Tyees Alumni in a nail-biting extra inning game, which saw them hold off the Tyees in the bottom of the 9th, to secure their berth into the final. Played under very cool conditions, the weather cooperated through the weekend to provide some very competitive baseball. It was a total team effort from start to finish, and provided the coaching staff an opportunity to see firsthand, the talent that will be coming for training camp in 2021!

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15U AA CUBS FINISH 2ND AT FINAL 4 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

September 7th, 2020

The North Island Cubs 15U AA baseball team settled for second place at the Final four Tournament this past weekend in Cloverdale, dropping a close game to the undefeated host, Cloverdale Spurs, in the Championship final.

 

In their Inaugural season at the Bantam AA level, the North Island team surpassed everyone’s expectations by making it all the way to the final game of the prestigious Final four tournament.

 

In Game 1 the North Island Cubs faced Ladner to start the tournament.  After 4 innings the cubs trailed 5-0, but put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to cut the deficit to 1. The Cubs would take the lead in the bottom of the 6th, only to give up 3 runs in the top of the 7th to complete the comeback for Ladner, and hand the Cubs an 8-6 loss in their opener. Leading the cubs with 2 hits was Sean Bow. Zach Dobie had a double with Linden Hicks and Brian Robbins adding singles.

Next up for the Cubs were the Cloverdale Spurs who sported an undefeated record on the season. Cloverdale would put up three runs in the bottom of the 1st and never look back adding 3 more runs over the next 6 innings in a well played game. The Cubs would fall 6-1 to the Spurs. Walker Maximick led the Cubs hitting with a double and a single while Kaleb Robertson also had a 2-hit game. Zach Dobie gave up 4 earned runs over 5 innings for the cubs

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Game 3 on Sunday morning saw the Cubs in a must win situation against Surrey/Newton, with the winner moving on to the final for a rematch against the Spurs for the Championship! Marcus Peterson would get the Start on the bump for the Cubs and he was good as he came up clutch, pitching a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 9 batters. The cubs came out swinging in this one with three hit performances coming from Brian Robbins, Walker Maximick, and Zach Dobie. Robbins had 2 doubles while Dobie hit a 2-run home run and added 2 singles in a 10-0 Cubs win, advancing them to the championship final against the undefeated Spurs.

At 3:30 Sunday afternoon the Cubs would get another shot at the Cloverdale team for all the marbles and the Provincial final 4 crown. The Cubs would put up 5 runs in the top of the 1st to jump out to an early lead versus the heavily favored Spurs, however they would fail to put the nail in the coffin, allowing Cloverdale to chip away at the lead. With the North Island team still leading by 5 runs with three innings to go, the momentum started to swing in the Spurs favor as they shutout the Cubs’ offense for the final 3 innings and put up 6 runs of their own to complete the comeback. Brian Robbins and Zach Dobie had multi hit games while Walker Maximick, Sean Bow, Brody Warner and Linden Hicks also had hits. Kaleb Robertson went 6 innings on the mound for the Cubs.

The North Island team now has a short break before starting their 2020 Fall ball season. They would like to acknowledge their supporters and sponsors for their help through this shortened season. Windsor Plywood, Sussex Insurance, Frame & Company Injury Law, Mainstream Biological Consulting, Seymour Services Autopro, Carol Chapman at A Cut Above, Robbins and Company Chartered Professional Accountants, Tex Electric, White’s Diesel, Akers Property Solutions, Paul Stapley at Realpro Realestate, Bailey Western Star, Riptide Marine Pub and Applewood Chevrolet.

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18U AAA CUBS ARE 2020 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS

September 5th, 2020

The North Island Cubs are 18U AAA Provincial Champions after defeating the Kelowna Sun Devils twice on Saturday at Nunns Creek. The Championship final was a "Best of 3 series" in which the Cubs won in two games straight.

Powered by rookie ace, Wyatt Dumont, the Cubs won game #1 by a score of 6-2. Dumont pitched a complete game, striking out 6 and walking only 3 Kelowna batters through 7 innings. The North Island defence managed to hold the Sun Devils to only 5 hits all game. Robert Gurney started the offense for the Cubs with a double in the bottom the first inning, only to be scored by his brother, Austin Gurney, 2 pitches later as he hammered his own double to the right center gap. Dumont helped his own cause with a double in the 3rd and an RBI single in the 4th. Brayden Penn was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, while Cam Bell had an RBI single of his own in the 2nd.

Game #2 had veteran Austin Gurney get the nod on the mound and he delivered for the local squad. Pitching a complete game shutout in his final 18U AAA game, Gurney struck out 11 batters and issued only 1 walk through 7 innings. Once again, the Cubs stingy defense held the Sun Devils to 3 hits all game. In one of the closest games played by the North Island squad all year, the Cubs scored only 1 run in the 4th, when Riley Sutherland crossed the plate on a  single by Bell. They held on to a 1-0 lead  heading into the 7th and final inning, where they exploded offensively. Lead-off batter Markus Cross hit a single to start the inning, and was advanced to third base on a Cam Bell double over the right fielder's head. Tyler Newby drew a walk, followed by Dumont who also walked, setting the stage for David Klatt who dropped down a perfect bunt that scored two more North Island runners. Catcher, Robert Gurney then walked and was advanced to 2nd on a fielder's choice hit by Austin Gurney.  Sutherland then picked up two RBI's as he grounded out to the Kelowna 2nd baseman, advancing Klatt and Robert Gurney across the plate with some impressive baserunning.  When the dust settled the Cubs held a 7 run lead and all that was left to do was make three more outs. After striking out the Kelowna lead-off batter, Gurney was able to get the next batter to ground out to shortstop, Bell, who threw him out at first base. Fittingly the game came to an end by way of Gurney's 11th strikeout, closing the door on a very successful Cubs season, and clinching the 2020 18U AAA Championship.

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Provincial Champs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Fall Ball Registration now Open

August 13th, 2019

The North Island Cubs are pleased to announce their Fall Ball Program for 2019! 

 

Open to all 15U Bantam & 18U Midget aged players born in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 & 2002. Fall sessions will begin Monday, September 2nd and run through to Sunday, October 13th. 18U practices will take place Monday and Wednesday evenings, and 15U practices will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Games will be played on weekends.

Cost for the 6 week 18U program is $225. The 6 week 15U program is $200. Players will receive 12 practice sessions focusing on position specific training, hitting, fielding and base running as well as weekend games, a Cubs hat and shirt.

In addition to the regular practice and game schedule, Cubs staff will select an 18U roster to play in the Richmond Fall Classic tournament September 27th - 29th. Players will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations for this event. We are also in the stages of finalizing a spot in a similar 15U Bantam fall tournament. Details to follow soon.

The 2019 Fall Program will be considered as the start of tryouts for the 2020 regular season teams. Players are encouraged to make as many sessions and games as possible.

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Sutherland walks off Penticton, 

Gurney pitches a gem in weekend double headers at Nunns Creek

May 26th, 2019

The North Island Cubs split a pair of league games with the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Nunns Creek Park on Sunday.

Game 1 had Cubs starter Laine Rogers throw 3 innings before Nico Matheson took over and threw the final 4. Untimely errors, and quiet bats left the Cubs with a 9-3 loss to start their day. Catcher, Robert Gurney and Pitcher, Matheson had a pair of singles each, while singles went to Brandon Lambert, Brayden McClary, Curtis Owens, Riley Sutherland, O'Reilly and Markus Cross.

After a brief break between games, the Cubs started game 2 with a sense of urgency, and were rewarded for their "never quit" attitude. After hitting a lead-off single and making his way to 3rd base, Robert Gurney set the tone in the 1st inning with an outright steal of home, catching the Mustangs pitcher and catcher off guard, giving the home team a 1-0 lead. Defensively, starting pitcher, Ring was having a great day on the mound, and getting some much needed defense from his fielders behind him. After holding a 4-3 lead into the 5th inning, however, the Cubs made several costly errors, and let Cowichan go ahead by a score of 7-6 heading into the bottom of the 7th. The Cubs found a way to dig deep, and McClary led off the inning with a single, only to be thrown out on a force play at 2nd base on a hit by Matheson. The next batter, Rogers, hammered a seeing eye double down the 3rd base line, advancing Matheson to 3rd with 1 out. In what was probably the most important at bat of the day for O'Reilly, he stepped to the plate and worked into a 1-1 count before driving a line shot double into the left-center gap, scoring both Matheson and Rogers, and sealing the victory for the North Island squad. As the winning run crossed the plate, the Cubs dugout emptied onto the field in celebration as they mobbed O'Reilly in the infield grass.

Offensively, Austin Gurney had a triple, doubles went to Robert Gurney, Rogers and O'Reilly, singles were hit by Matheson (3), Robert Gurney (2), Curtis Owens (2), Lambert (2) Rogers, and McClary.

The Cubs have next weekend off before returning to Nunns Creek on Saturday June 8th against Kelowna at 2:30pm & 5pm, and Sunday June 9th against Penticton at 12pm & 2:30pm.

O'Reilly walks off Cowichan in Sunday split against Mustangs

May 26th, 2019

The North Island Cubs split a pair of league games with the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Nunns Creek Park on Sunday.

Game 1 had Cubs starter Laine Rogers throw 3 innings before Nico Matheson took over and threw the final 4. Untimely errors, and quiet bats left the Cubs with a 9-3 loss to start their day. Catcher, Robert Gurney and Pitcher, Matheson had a pair of singles each, while singles went to Brandon Lambert, Brayden McClary, Curtis Owens, Riley Sutherland, O'Reilly and Markus Cross.

After a brief break between games, the Cubs started game 2 with a sense of urgency, and were rewarded for their "never quit" attitude. After hitting a lead-off single and making his way to 3rd base, Robert Gurney set the tone in the 1st inning with an outright steal of home, catching the Mustangs pitcher and catcher off guard, giving the home team a 1-0 lead. Defensively, starting pitcher, Ring was having a great day on the mound, and getting some much needed defense from his fielders behind him. After holding a 4-3 lead into the 5th inning, however, the Cubs made several costly errors, and let Cowichan go ahead by a score of 7-6 heading into the bottom of the 7th. The Cubs found a way to dig deep, and McClary led off the inning with a single, only to be thrown out on a force play at 2nd base on a hit by Matheson. The next batter, Rogers, hammered a seeing eye double down the 3rd base line, advancing Matheson to 3rd with 1 out. In what was probably the most important at bat of the day for O'Reilly, he stepped to the plate and worked into a 1-1 count before driving a line shot double into the left-center gap, scoring both Matheson and Rogers, and sealing the victory for the North Island squad. As the winning run crossed the plate, the Cubs dugout emptied onto the field in celebration as they mobbed O'Reilly in the infield grass.

Offensively, Austin Gurney had a triple, doubles went to Robert Gurney, Rogers and O'Reilly, singles were hit by Matheson (3), Robert Gurney (2), Curtis Owens (2), Lambert (2) Rogers, and McClary.

The Cubs have next weekend off before returning to Nunns Creek on Saturday June 8th against Kelowna at 2:30pm & 5pm, and Sunday June 9th against Penticton at 12pm & 2:30pm.

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Cubs go 1 and 3 in Spring Showdown

May 20th, 2019

The North Island Cubs returned home from the Spring Showdown tournament in Ridge Meadows this past weekend, winning one game and dropping their other 3.

Saturday saw the locals face off against the North Delta Jr. Blue Jays and lost in a 7-1 game of frustration. The Cubs stranded 11 runners on base through the course of the game, managing to only plate 1 run. Austin Gurney led the team offensively with a double and a single, while brother Robert had two singles himself. Other singles went to Markus Cross, and Brayden McClary.

 

Ridge Meadows Royals College Prep was the next Cubs opponent, and the North Island squad played their best game of the tournament, eventually losing a well played game 3-1. Starter Jaxon Ackerman had another great performance on the mound, striking out 11 Royals batters and issuing only 1 walk through 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs were tied 1-1 into the 7th inning when a questionable obstruction call at the plate allowed the Royals the go ahead run. They later scored another with 2 out and the Cubs went 3 up, 3 down to end the game. Robert Gurney hit a deep shot for a double, to end the Royals pitcher's bid for a no hitter in the 4th. Laine Rogers added his own double in the 5th, and Curtis Owens a single in the 6th. 

Game three had the Cubs facing the Whalley Chiefs Jr team. The North Island team picked up their 1st and only win of the tournament defeating the Chiefs 10-5. Jayden Smith got the start and went 4 innings before being replaced by Curtis Owens for the 5th, and Brayden McClary for the close in the 6th. Owens led the offence with a double and two singles, while Riley Sutherland and McClary had two singles each. Other singles went to Rogers, and Matt O'Reilly who layed down a perfect bunt to score the go ahead run.

The Cubs final game of the tournament was against the Township Bluesox College Prep team, who handed them their third loss of the tournament. Errors crept up on the Cubs and eventually led to them being on the wrong side of a 10-6 score. Doubles went to Austin Gurney, O'Reilly and Owens, while singles were hit by Robert Gurney, McClary, Smith and Owens.

The Cubs return home next weekend, Sunday May 26 for a double header against the Cowichan Mustangs at Nunns Creek Park. Game times are 1pm & 3:30pm.

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Cubs win 3 of 4 on the road

May 13th, 2019

The North Island Cubs turned things around and got back to their winning ways last weekend, as they visited the South Fraser Giants and the Ridge Meadows Royals.

Saturday against the Giants, starter Jaxon Ackerman powered his way to another complete game shutout, striking out 9 and only issuing 4 walks, as the Cubs downed the Giants 11-0 in their first meeting of the year. Game 2 saw starter Laine Rogers throw his own complete game in a 5-2 win. Brayden McClary hit his first homerun of the season, and was clearly robbed of a second one on a questionable foul ball call, much to the disagreement of the Cubs players and fans. Doubles went to Austin Gurney, Robert Gurney and Curtis Owens. Singles were notched by Ackerman (5), Dayton Ring (5), Austin Gurney (4), Riley Sutherland (4), Robert Gurney (2), McClary (2), Rogers (2), Matt O'Reilly (2), Markus Cross, Jayden Smith, and Branden Lambert.

Sunday in Ridge Meadows, the Cubs split a pair against the Royals, losing 4-3 and winning 7-4 in extra innings. Despite throwing a gem of a game with 5 strikeouts and only 3 walks, starter Dayton Ring was tagged with the loss as the Royals mounted a late 7th inning rally to score 3 runs and walk off the Cubs. Game 2 saw the cubs rally late themselves and put up 3 runs in the top of the 8th, and then closer McClary shut the door on them to secure a 7-4 win. McClary had a triple, while doubles went to Ackerman (2), Robert Gurney, Austin Gurney, Smith, McClary, and Owens. Singles were hit by Rogers (4),Cross (3), Owens (3), Lambert (2), Ackerman (2), Robert Gurney, McClary, Austin Gurney, O'Reilly, and Smith.

 

The Cubs are off to the Spring Showdown tournament in Ridge Meadows next weekend. 

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Rough weekend for North Island

May 6th, 2019

After a succsessful opening weekend, the North Island Cubs had a tough 4 game set on the road in North Shore, and at home for their 2019 Home opener.

Saturday had the local team up early to catch the bus for their first team travel double header to face the North Shore Padres. In two close games, the Cubs just couldn't seem to get the offence when they needed it, stranding plenty of runners on base, and dropping both games 6-2 & 8-5. Nico Matheson hit 2 doubles, while Jaxon Ackerman, Riley Sutherland, Laine Rogers and Jayden Smith had one double a piece. Singles were hit by Ackerman (3), Brayden McClary (2), Austin Gurney, Robert Gurney, Branden Lambert, Smith, Rogers and Matheson.

Sunday's Home opener wasn't exactly what the Cubs had in mind either as they fell to the visiting VI Mariners by scores of 14-3 & 6-3. Once again, stranded base runners hampered the home team's efforts to secure their first home win of the year. North Island batters managed to hit the ball well, however the Mariner's defence was sound, limiting the Cubs offensive chances. Doubles were hit by Robert Gurney, Sutherland, Ackerman and McClary, while singles went to Branden Lambert (2), Curtis Owens (2), Robert Gurney (2), Matt O'Reilly (2), Markus Cross (2) and Rogers.

The Cubs are back on the road next weekend for a pair of games in South Fraser against the Giants, and then Sunday in Ridge Meadows to face the Royals.

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Cubs open season with 4 wins

April 22nd, 2019

The North Island Cubs got off to a great start for the 2019 season this past weekend, winning all 4 of their road games in Cloverdale and Richmond.

Saturday in Cloverdale saw strong pitching from Dayton Ring in game 1, and Jayden Smith in game 2. Brayden McClary was brought in to close both games successfully. Offensively, McClary and Robert Gurney both hit triples, Doubles went to Dayton Ring, Austin Gurney, Matt O'Reilly, Riley Sutherland and McClary. Singles were hit by Robert Gurney (2), Branden Lambert (2), Jaxon Ackerman, Austin Gurney, Ring, McClary and Smith.

Sunday's games in Richmond were both dominant wins. Jaxon Ackerman pitched a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts in the first game, while teammate Austin Gurney pitched his own complete game in game 2. Final scores were 11-0 & 11-1 respectively. McClary & Smith both hit triples, Curtis Owens and Lambert hit doubles, and singles went to Ackerman (4), O'Reilly (2), Sutherland (2), Smith (2), Robert Gurney (2), Owens, Nico Matheson, Ring, McClary and O'Reilly.

The Cubs are in North Shore next Saturday to face the Padres, and host their home opener at Nunns Creek Park on Sunday May 5 against the VI Mariners. Game times for the Home Opener are 12pm & 2:30pm.

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2019 Team Tryouts

January 14, 2019

2019 team tryouts will begin Monday February 11, 8:30pm - 10pm at the Robron turf field in Campbell River.  Registration is now open. Click on the REGISTRATION tab above to complete your form now. Cost for the 10 sessions is $40. Payment is due at check in at the field, prior to the first tryout session.

Tryout Schedule:

Monday February 11th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Wednesday February 13th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Monday February 18th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Wednesday February 20th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Saturday February 23rd,  12:00pm - 2:30pm  Highland Field, Comox

Monday February 25th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Wednesday February 25th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Monday March 4th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Wednesday March 6th,  8:30pm - 10pm  Robron Turf field, Campbell River

Saturday March 9th,  12:00pm - 2:30pm  Highland Field, Comox

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