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'A whole new culture of Wildcats baseball': Kentville 2-0 on season as they prepare for doubleheader


KENTVILLE - The old saying, ‘practice makes perfect,’ certainly seems to be ringing true for the Kentville Wildcats this season.

With another win under their belt – this time a 3-1 victory over Halifax that put the Kentville team 2-0 for the season – and head coach Ian Mosher is crediting the victories to months of practice

“Because we did so much work over the winter, there’s no doubt we had to be a bit ahead of everyone else,” he said. “Because we’re a little better prepared, we can squeeze out some wins now to give us a little cushion in case someone gets injured or we get on a losing streak.”

The Wildcats are gearing up for the first doubleheader of the year in Truro on May 29. The Bearcats are already 2-2 on the season coming off a May 27 10-3 win against Dartmouth, which could make winning the two games tricky for Kentville.

“Doubleheaders are always hard,” says Mosher. “It’s very difficult to win both ends of a doubleheader, but of course, in order to win both, you need to win the first one. We’re taking it a game at a time.”

And so far, it’s working. The Wildcats, Mosher said, “are winning a whole new way” this year. In the May 25 game, for instance, they made no errors and demonstrated “great pitching, bunting, ground balls, sacrifice flies – we’re really transitioning from rearing back and slugging it out.”

That’s always good too, Mosher is quick to add, but the Wildcats are demonstrating a new level of skill on the field that they haven’t experienced in recent years. Part of that is due to the new blood on the bench – a large rookie class to complement the veteran players means there’s competition for playing time this year, a stark difference from the past two years when the ‘Cats could barely field a team.

“We’re trying to create a whole new culture in Wildcats baseball,” Mosher said. “Now I’ve got more players in the dugout than I’ve had in years, and they’re competing for playing time.”

The team still needs time to gel, but the May 25 victory demonstrated some of the “good things happening right now,” Mosher said.

“It’s a big lift for them personally, and for the whole team, to win early – and especially on the road,” he said. “In that game, we had a stolen base, good hitting, so many good things happened in that game.”

Hometown fans will get their first chance to see the new Wildcats in action June 1 when they play their home opener in Memorial Park.

“It’s going to be fun to come home and play,” Mosher said. “We have a few fans who follow us on the road, but for the most part, this will be their first chance to see the new team in action. And they’ll definitely be entertained. We’ve got a whole new way of doing things now – we’ve got speed, sluggers and depth in the different positions.”

With another win under their belt – this time a 3-1 victory over Halifax that put the Kentville team 2-0 for the season – and head coach Ian Mosher is crediting the victories to months of practice

“Because we did so much work over the winter, there’s no doubt we had to be a bit ahead of everyone else,” he said. “Because we’re a little better prepared, we can squeeze out some wins now to give us a little cushion in case someone gets injured or we get on a losing streak.”

The Wildcats are gearing up for the first doubleheader of the year in Truro on May 29. The Bearcats are already 2-2 on the season coming off a May 27 10-3 win against Dartmouth, which could make winning the two games tricky for Kentville.

“Doubleheaders are always hard,” says Mosher. “It’s very difficult to win both ends of a doubleheader, but of course, in order to win both, you need to win the first one. We’re taking it a game at a time.”

And so far, it’s working. The Wildcats, Mosher said, “are winning a whole new way” this year. In the May 25 game, for instance, they made no errors and demonstrated “great pitching, bunting, ground balls, sacrifice flies – we’re really transitioning from rearing back and slugging it out.”

That’s always good too, Mosher is quick to add, but the Wildcats are demonstrating a new level of skill on the field that they haven’t experienced in recent years. Part of that is due to the new blood on the bench – a large rookie class to complement the veteran players means there’s competition for playing time this year, a stark difference from the past two years when the ‘Cats could barely field a team.

“We’re trying to create a whole new culture in Wildcats baseball,” Mosher said. “Now I’ve got more players in the dugout than I’ve had in years, and they’re competing for playing time.”

The team still needs time to gel, but the May 25 victory demonstrated some of the “good things happening right now,” Mosher said.

“It’s a big lift for them personally, and for the whole team, to win early – and especially on the road,” he said. “In that game, we had a stolen base, good hitting, so many good things happened in that game.”

Hometown fans will get their first chance to see the new Wildcats in action June 1 when they play their home opener in Memorial Park.

“It’s going to be fun to come home and play,” Mosher said. “We have a few fans who follow us on the road, but for the most part, this will be their first chance to see the new team in action. And they’ll definitely be entertained. We’ve got a whole new way of doing things now – we’ve got speed, sluggers and depth in the different positions.”

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