Defeat Cardigan in deciding game
SUMMERSIDE – A youthful West Prince Aces’ squad captured the Baseball P.E.I. provincial bantam AA baseball championship here at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field on Sunday.
The Aces, who have only three second-year bantam-aged players, trimmed the Cardigan Clippers 13-3 in the gold-medal game.
“The boys played well,” assessed Aces head coach Dwayne Handrahan. “Like I told them, if they don’t make any errors, they will deserve to win it.”
In the championship game, the Aces spotted the Clippers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Tignish-based West Prince team answered with four runs in its half of the first inning and never looked back.
The Aces went on to score twice in the second inning, two more in the fourth, once in the fifth and four in the sixth to win by the 10-run rule.
Winning pitcher and West Prince starter Michael Callaghan combined with reliever Chance Pitre, who entered the game in the sixth inning, to limit the Clippers to four hits. Johnny Curran was the pitcher of record for Cardigan.
Brydon Smith, who had a 2-for-3 batting summary, connected for a home run and a triple to lead the Aces’ offence. Justin Thibideau (2-2, walk) and Cody Ellsworth (1-2, two runs batted in) were West Prince’s other top hitters.
“The boys played well. Like I told them, if they don’t make any errors, they will deserve to win it.” Aces head coach Dwayne Handrahan
Denver Pastedo (2-2) and Derek Dunn (1-2) were Cardigan’s leading batters.
The Aces will now return to the Atlantic bantam AA baseball championship as the P.E.I. representative the weekend of Sept. 13. This year’s tournament will be held in Cardigan.
“We did well last year and went to the finals,” recalled Handrahan. “We lost in the championship game (to New Brunswick) and came second.”