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Pelham Canadians augment lineup with western slugger

The Halifax Pelham Canadians bolstered their lineup for a run at a national championship on the weekend.

The Canadians, still a few weeks away from the start of the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League season, announced the acquisition of power-hitting outfielder Brandon Hunter, a standout from the Western Major Baseball League.

“We’re real fortunate —his fiancée lives in Halifax and works with a member of our team,” said Canadians coach Cecil Wright. “That’s how we found out about him.”

The Canadians surprised everyone by qualifying last year for nationals, which Dartmouth Moosehead Dry is hosting at Beazley Field and Mainland Common in August. They rebounded from a 3-0 deficit in the semifinals against the Truro Bearcats and then dumped Dartmouth in the provincial final.

Hunter adds a talented right-handed batter to their lineup.

“He’s a tremendous hitter — he’ll probably be one of the best hitters in the league,” said Wright. “He also runs very well and he’s a very good base stealer. He’s going to bring the total package and we’re really excited about him.”

Hunter won back-to-back titles in the WMBL with Alberta’s Okotoks Dawgs and batted .297 with four home runs and 39 RBI in 2008. Hunter, who is from Prince George, B.C., will play for his hometown team at the World Baseball Challenge in July. Moosehead Dry standouts Darren Doucette and Jason Bailey will be members of the same team.