Bluefield defeats Kinkora in gold-medal game
O’LEARY – Five runs in the third inning propelled the Bluefield Bobcats to the P.EI. School Athletic Association Senior Boys Softball League championship here at Ellis Field on Wednesday.
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Brandon Watts scores for the Bluefield Bobcats to start off his team’s five-run third inning. The Bobcats then cruised to a 6-1 victory over Kinkora Blazers in the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior Boys Softball League championship game in O’Leary on Wednesday.
The Bobcats defeated the Kinkora Blazers 6-1 in the gold-medal game between two teams who went into the final looking to win their first provincial softball title since the mid-1990s.
“They just kind of fell into a groove, and started doing what we’ve been doing all season,” Bluefield coach Jason Campbell said of the decisive third inning. “Just bat-on-the-ball and look for the gaps.”
The Bobcats also hit a couple of third-inning grounders that took sharp bounces to elude Kinkora’s fielders.
Brandon Watts started the rally with a two-out single, eventually scoring the Bobcats’ first run. He would score Bluefield’s sixth run later in the game.
Logan Gallant pitched a complete game for the Island champs, striking out eight Blazers while allowing seven hits and two walks. He helped his own cause offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Brodie Koughan had two singles for the Bobcats in four at-bats.
“They just kind of fell into a groove, and started doing what we’ve been doing all season. Just bat-on-the-ball and look for the gaps.” Bluefield coach Jason Campbell
“Logan was the star, absolutely,” said Campbell. “He pitched well from start to finish, and led the team.
“Everyone rallied behind him, and it was a full-on effort.”
Riley Gallant, who scored his team’s lone run, went 3-for-4 to lead the Blazers while Brady VanderVelden went 1-for-4.
Matt Crozier gave up 11 hits, six runs and four walks in pitching a complete game for Kinkora.
Campbell praised his team for a strong finish to the season. The Bobcats rallied to finish the regular season at 3-3 (won-lost), and caught fire in the playoffs.
“We just started clicking late in the season,” said Campbell. “Everybody started doing their thing, and patience was big.”