Richmond versus Charlottetown
SUMMERSIDE – Fans could not have asked for a more exciting finish to the Baseball P.E.I. provincial mosquito AAA championship game here at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Gordie Arsenault Field on Sunday.
The game, which featured a little bit of everything, came right down to the final out in the Richmond Red Sox’s 5-4 win over the Charlottetown Royals.
“It was a high pressured situation for the kids,” said Red Sox head coach Dwayne McNeill.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Royals had runners on first and second, and the batter hit a hard grounder that struck the runner on first base trying to advance to second. After a delay, which included the umpires checking the rulebook for the correct ruling, it was ruled the runner on first was out, the runner on second had to return to second and the batter was safe at first.
“It was nice of him (umpire) to say he wanted to make sure he got it right, because it was a big call,” said McNeill.
The Royals went on to load the bases with two outs, but Richmond third baseman Ben Cooke cleanly fielded a grounder, and won the race to third base for the force out.
“It was nerve-racking at the end, but it was a great way to end,” said McNeill.
“It was a high pressured situation for the kids.” Red Sox head coach Dwayne McNeill
Cooke earned the pitching win and Grigg picked up the save. Jake Squires took the loss.
Austin Arsenault hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox in the first inning, and Aiden Williams’ second-inning made it 5-2.
Both the Royals and Red Sox will compete in the Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship, which is being hosted by the Red Sox, from Sept. 13 to 15.