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7th Inning Stretch: McCoy Pearce

First baseman McCoy Pearce is doing his part to put the “Bomb” in “Bombers” this season.

Making his way to Brooks by way of Kamloops, Kelowna and – more recently – McPherson College in Kansas, the 6-foot-3 batsman has been a consistent performer at the plate through 22 Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) games, leading the team in runs batted in (RBI) with 24, runs (18), hits (35), and home runs (6). 

Pearce was recruited to Brooks by Kyle MacKinnon – the head coach for the Bombers and the hitting coach for the McPherson College Bulldogs – along with several of his college teammates.

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Brooks Bombers Season Preview

With three seasons in the books, no postseason baseball to speak of, and a potential audience that appears to be finding better ways to spend their evenings than at Elks Field, the Brooks Bombers need a boost this summer. 
Last season, the team had Riley MacDonald to entertain the locals. The catcher put the “bomb” in Bombers by smashing 20 home runs and establishing a new Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) record for long balls in a single season. 

Despite the hitting display from MacDonald, the Bombers finished the year with a 13-35 record. That put them in last place in the Western Division for a third straight year. Brooks has never won more than 15 games in a season. 

So, what can be expected of the team this season?

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2018 WMBL Picture Gallery

We may not have the best pinch hitters at the plate for this assignment – a radio guy and a print journalist – but we shot so many pictures at Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) ballparks this summer that it seemed like a waste to not share some of them.

So, without further ado, here’s a look at the 2018 WMBL season through our lens

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1 Thru 9: Damian Rodriguez

The Brooks Bombers had high expectations for Damian Rodriguez when he arrived from Laredo, TX this summer.

He’s proving everyone right with solid play and even a move in the batting order.

Rodriguez was the latest to answer the tough questions in our series “1 Thru 9.”

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1 Thru 9: Riley MacDonald

He’s taken the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) by storm and is truly living up to his team’s name.

Riley MacDonald is not just a Brooks Bomber … he is THE Brooks Bomber.

The infielder from North Vancouver, B.C., crushed the WMBL’s single-season home run record in just 28 games, sending 19 bombs out of the park. With two homers against the Melville Millionaires on July 7th, MacDonald surpassed the mark set by Jesse Sawyer, who hit 18 dingers for the Lethbridge Bulls in 2011.

We caught up with No. 24 and presented him with nine questions, as part of our “1 Thru 9” series.

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