RICHMOND – It’s been a long time since Richmond was the site of a regional ball championship.
That drought will end this weekend as the Richmond Red Sox host the five-team Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship tournament.
In fact, when Richmond hosted the 1981 Maritime junior men’s fastpitch championship, Red Sox head coach Dwayne McNeill was a batboy for the host team.
“It’s been a long while,” said McNeill. “Baseball is coming back.
“We had a little lull where there was no ball in Richmond, but now the field is busy every night of the week. Hopefully it will be good for the sport in that area.”
The Charlottetown Royals (P.E.I.), Fredericton (New Brunswick), St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) will join the Red Sox, who are the provincial champions. The Red Sox edged the Royals 5-4 in the provincial championship game in Summerside recently.
“It’s been a long while. Baseball is coming back. We had a little lull where there was no ball in Richmond, but now the field is busy every night of the week. Hopefully it will be good for the sport in that area.” Richmond Red Sox head coach Dwayne McNeill
“It was a great game,” recalled McNeill. “They have a really good ball team and they are going to be a force to be reckoned with. . . We have a great rivalry and it’s good for baseball.”
The two P.E.I. teams are scheduled to kick off the round robin on Friday at 9 a.m. Four games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m., each day.
The final round-robin game is set for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. If needed, a tiebreaker will be played at 1:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 3:45 p.m. If no tiebreaker is required, the final will be moved up to 1:30 p.m.