NEWS

Dan Dobie named as 15U Bantam CUBS Head Coach

August 19, 2019 

The North Island Cubs organization is pleased to announce Dan Dobie has accepted the position of Head Coach for the 2020 15U Bantam season.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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