Memorable first year for a number of players
SUMMERSIDE – It turned out to be a memorable first season of baseball for a number of the West Prince Aces (Team Two).
The Tignish-based Aces captured the Baseball P.E.I. provincial mosquito AA championship on Sunday morning.
“We started off the season with a lot of new players who never played baseball before,” said Aces head coach Nora Dorgan, who added one of the priorities for the coaching staff was for the players to have fun. “Right off the start we recognized that they had a lot of talent, and we wanted to try and develop that talent, bring them along and get them to know the game of baseball.”
The Aces outlasted the Charlottetown Royals (Team One) 10-6 in the gold-medal game at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Gordie Arsenault Field.
Winning pitcher was Chandler DesRoches, Zack Hammill was credited with the loss.
Offensively, DesRoches led the way for the Aces with a 2-for-2 batting summary that included a three-run homer in the first inning. DesRoches finished with four runs batted in.
Kelton Oliver, who doubled and tripled, and Nick Goguen each went 2-for-3 at the plate for West Prince.
For the Royals, Hamill (1-2, two runs scored), Chris Keoughan (1-2) and Noah Dow (1-3, double) were tops at the dish.
“We started off the season with a lot of new players who never played baseball before. Right off the start we recognized that they had a lot of talent, and we wanted to try and develop that talent, bring them along and get them to know the game of baseball.” Aces head coach Nora Dorgan
After a bit of a nervous start to the final, the Aces settled down and built a 5-2 lead after three innings.
“They played excellent yesterday (Saturday in the semifinals),” said Dorgan. “Today (Sunday), we had some butterflies and it took us a while to settle down. Once we did we started to swing the bats and get some runs.”
The Aces move on to the Atlantic mosquito AA championship in Yarmouth, N.S., next weekend.