In Newfoundland and Labrador this weekend
RICHMOND – The Richmond Red Sox are entering this weekend’s Atlantic peewee AA baseball championship tournament in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., with high expectations.
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The Richmond Red Sox pose for a team photo after winning the Baseball P.E.I. provincial peewee AA championship in Summerside on Sept. 1.
“I’d be lying if I said they weren’t pretty high,” said Red Sox co-coach and manager Chas McNeill. “I’ve been confident in our kids right from the get-go.
“We started building this team last March indoors in the gym, and right from there I said, ‘I think we’re going to have a strong group with this peewee team. . .
“These kids lived up to those expectations all year long, going undefeated on the Island, and hopefully we can keep that momentum going at the Atlantics.”
The Red Sox are coming off a 22-0 (won-lost) season on P.E.I., including a 5-2 victory over Souris in the provincial championship game in Summerside on Sept. 1. The Red Sox lost only three games this season – all in a July tournament in Dieppe, N.B.
“The kids are pretty excited about it (undefeated record on P.E.I.),” said McNeill. “About halfway through the season they were saying they wanted to go undefeated on P.E.I., and sure enough we did.
“It was a great thing for us to go over to the tournament in Dieppe because the kids saw we weren’t invincible. I know it’s exciting to see a team go undefeated, but everybody needs to lose once in a while because that is how you learn.”
Kentville (Nova Scotia), Paradise (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Grand Falls-Windsor (Host) will join the Red Sox in the four-team Atlantic championship. New Brunswick is not sending a representative.
“I’d be lying if I said they weren’t pretty high. I’ve been confident in our kids right from the get-go. We started building this team last March indoors in the gym, and right from there I said, ‘I think we’re going to have a strong group with this peewee team. . . These kids lived up to those expectations all year long, going undefeated on the Island, and hopefully we can keep that momentum going at the Atlantics.” Red Sox co-coach/manager Chas McNeill
“For us to be successful this weekend we really have to limit our mistakes,” said McNeill. “We really want to stay away from that one big inning.
“At this age level, you can get away with making one mistake maybe in an inning. If you get out there and make a mistake and get down on yourself, the next groundball comes and you make another mistake. You make a couple of mistakes and they add up. . .
“If we make a mistake we want to shake it off, get over it and that’s what we have tried to tell our kids all year long.
“Baseball is a sport where you are going to make mistakes and nobody is perfect. We want to limit them, and not make the same mistake twice.”
When They Play
Richmond Red Sox’s
schedule this weekend:
Friday, Sept. 13
3 p.m. – vs. Grand Falls-Windsor (Host).
Saturday, Sept. 14
8:30 a.m. – vs. Newfoundland and Labrador (Paradise).
2 p.m. – vs. Nova Scotia (Kentville).
Sunday, Sept. 15
9:30 a.m. – Bronze-medal game.
2 p.m. – Gold-medal game.