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Pelham Canadians go into championship with 'wake-up call' in mind

The Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians couldn’t do much wrong heading into the final month of the season.

The Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians couldn’t do much wrong heading into the final month of the season.

But a harsh reality check — courtesy of Dartmouth Moosehead Dry — has put the reigning Nova Scotia champs on an even keel heading into the Canadian senior baseball championship tomorrow at Beazley Field and Mainland Common.

Dartmouth beat Halifax in three out of four games in the final month and seized the regular-season pennant.

“It was a little bit of a wake-up call,” said Canadians veteran Jay Turple. “We were winning quite a bit there. Sometimes when you get too comfortable, that isn’t a good thing.”

Turple said the Canadians aren’t thinking too much about the setbacks. They finished 3-3 against the Dry and enjoyed a 20-4 streak in July that dated back to last year’s playoffs. At 17-7 overall, there is plenty to be happy about.

As the defending provincial champions, the Canadians were able to have first choice of pickups from around the league. They grabbed traditional Dry pickups Craig Higgins, Ian Lockhart and Kevin Nichols, as well as Curtis Falls.

Higgins, Nichols and Falls are quality pitchers, adding to a strong staff that includes lefty Barrett Bellefontaine.

“We’re really confident with our pitching,” Veinot said. “Our pitchers have done great all year, and it shows in the stats. You can never have too much pitching.”

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