Lose to Nova Scotia in final
CARDIGAN – The West Prince Aces are the Atlantic bantam AA baseball silver-medallists.
The Aces advanced to the championship final with a 3-1 (won-lost) round-robin record on Sunday afternoon, but were bounced 10-0 by Team Nova Scotia.
“We ran out of pitching,” assessed Aces head coach Dwayne Handrahan, who said the team played well all weekend, but couldn’t counter Nova Scotia in the final.
The Aces had lost a tight 12-10 decision to Nova Scotia on Saturday, and faced a must-win situation on Sunday morning to force a championship game. West Prince, behind the strong pitching of Michael Callaghan, beat Team New Brunswick 11-10 to advance to the final.
There had to be a team at 3-1 in the standings to force a championship game against the undefeated Nova Scotians, and Callaghan put them in position.
“The pitch count caught up to us,” Handrahan acknowledged in explaining Nova Scotia’s big win over the Island team.
Rules at the Atlantics were a little different than at provincials, Handrahan noted. At home, all players on the roster get a turn at-bat, but at the Atlantic championship only the nine players on the field go to the plate.
Brayden Handrahan, who hit in the .650 range, was the Aces’ top batter.
Along with their 11-10 decision over New Brunswick, the Aces had a 10-6 win over Newfoundland and Labrador, and they got by the host Cardigan Clippers 10-7 in nine innings.