Pinksen pitches gem in final, Gallant delivers key hit
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Kensington/Cornwall Crusaders captured the Baseball P.E.I. provincial bantam AAA championship here on Monday.
The Crusaders, behind Kyle Pinksen’s outstanding pitching performance, defeated the host Charlottetown Royals 4-0 in the championship game. Pinksen held the Royals to three hits and struck out 10 before giving way to offensive hero Riley Gallant in the last inning.
Gallant’s triple keyed a three-run fourth inning for the Crusaders. Pinksen, Brandon Watts and Hunter McQuaid had the other Kensington hits off Royals pitcher Elijah Hood, who pitched a solid complete game.
Ryne MacIsaac, with two hits, and Zach Thibodeau had Charlottetown’s hits.
Kensington recently represented P.E.I. at the Baseball Canada national bantam championships, and finished a very respectable sixth out of 11 teams.
Charlottetown will be P.E.I.’s representative at the Atlantic bantam championships in Newfoundland and Labrador later this month.