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2002 Bearcats brought Truro its first N.S. senior baseball title in 56 years

The Truro Bearcats won the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League title in 2002.
The Truro Bearcats won the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League title in 2002. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. – New members will be enshrined into the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

They include Dennis Peterson, Justin Palardy, Denise Caughey and the 2002 Truro Bearcats senior baseball team. The induction ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 1 at the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince St., Truro. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. ceremony start. An open reception will follow.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticket Pro, or at the Marigold Cultural Centre box office. For further information, contact Sara McKenna at 902-957-0084.

Each week leading up to the ceremony, the Truro News will highlight inductees.

Truro Bearcats senior men’s baseball team

Truro has a rich baseball history. 

From the early days of the infamous H&D semi-pro days, where top-notch American prospects played their summer baseball in Truro and in other parts of Nova Scotia, to the present time, Truro is known for being a good baseball town.

In 2002, the Truro Bearcats of the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League made history. The Bearcats won the Nova Scotia championship for the first time in 56 years. On a fine September evening at the TAAC Grounds, team leader Kevin Matheson clubbed a 10th inning 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a championship-winning home run over their nemesis, the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The crowd of more than 500 went wild; it was a moment the players will never forget.

The team consisted of former outstanding player and long-time coach Glen Matheson at the helm and a nucleus of veterans who had been playing for the best part of a decade. Matheson, Jeff Fielding and Craig Higgins had been, season-after-season, leading the Bearcats against the other strong teams in the Nova Scotia league, with no gold medals to show for it.  

But it all came together in 2002, when they, along with a strong mix of young and veteran players such as Jason Hoyt and Kelly Spencer, dedicated themselves to winning.

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