Brenden McCubbing returned from his first national baseball championship feeling his team could have been more successful, but ultimately with no regrets.
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Brenden McCubbing, right, poses with former Montreal Expos pitcher Steve Rogers at the Canadian Little League Intermediate Championship.
McCubbing played for the Prairie champions from North Regina as they contested the Canadian Little League Intermediate Championship in Calgary recently. The Prairies team finished with a 2-3 record.
"My dad said that the worst thin you can do is come home and regret how you played. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said McCubbing. "I'm OK with how we played. I think we could have won another game or two, but now we know what we're up against next year."
The North Regina team won the Prairie region and added McCubbing to their roster along with players from Melville and Yorkton.
They opened the tournament with three straight defeats. They lost to the eventual champions from B.C., Whally Little League, as well as losing to Quebec (Drummondville Red Sox) and Ontario (Oakville Whitecaps).
"In the first part we didn't play that well because we only had two exhibition games," said McCubbing who pitched in the loss to Ontario. "The only team we probably couldn't have beaten was probably B.C. Against the other teams we just had one bad inning."
They finished the tournament with an 11-3 win over Calgary West and a 7-6 win over Alberta's Badlands Bombers.
McCubbing hit .375 in the two wins for the Prairies. He scored twice, hit a double and drove in three runs.
The 13-year-old enjoyed his first taste and national competition and the experience of playing against top-quality opposition.
"It was definitely new. I've only played in Moose Jaw and Regina leagues," said McCubbing, who played second base and some outfield. "B.C. and Ontario have some really fast pitchers. They're way faster than the ones in Moose Jaw and Regina."
McCubbing moves up an age division next summer and is going to try out for the Moose Jaw Mallards.
"It motivated me more and helped prepare me for next year and how fast I'm going to be seeing pitches coming in," he said.