St. John’s overcomes five-run deficit late
RICHMOND – A late rally by the St. John’s Capitals prevented the host Richmond Red Sox from getting off to a 2-0 (won-lost) start here at the Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship on Friday.
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Richmond Red Sox Austin Arsenault looks to grab this ball out of the air during Friday afternoon’s game against the St. John’s Capitals at the Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship in Richmond.
After edging the P.E.I. representative Charlottetown Royals 5-4 in the opening game, the Red Sox built an 8-3 lead after 4 ? innings, but the Newfoundland and Labrador representative rallied for eight runs in its half of the inning to take an 11-8 lead. The Capitals then retired the side in order in the top of the sixth to win its opener.
“We got down early and defensively, we didn’t play well early in the game,” assessed St. John’s head coach Colin Abbott. “The kids came along in the fifth inning, we were more disciplined at the plate and started to make good contact.”
The New Brunswick-champion Fredericton Royals started 2-0 after a pair of convincing victories – 12-2 against Nova Scotia’s Dartmouth’s Arrows and 10-0 versus Charlottetown.
Although Charlottetown has started 0-2, head coach Jeff Squires knows there is a lot of ball left to be played.
“It’s a five-team tournament it’s going to be tough for someone to go undefeated,” said Squires. “You are going to have teams 3-1, 2-2.”
Red Sox head coach Dwayne McNeill admitted it was a “really tough loss” to St. John’s, but he was happy with how his team played.
“I didn’t think the kids played bad really,” assessed McNeill. “We had nine walks and I think eight of those scored. Other than that, we didn’t play bad at all.”
What has McNeill liked what he’s seen from his team in its first two games?
“Our kids are playing really well defensively and we’re having some great at-bats,” answered McNeill. “If we can get our pitchers under control now, we’ll be all set.”
Richmond 5 Charlottetown 4
“We got down early and defensively, we didn’t play well early in the game. The kids came along in the fifth inning, we were more disciplined at the plate and started to make good contact.” St. John’s head coach Colin Abbott
Nathan Grigg earned the pitching win while Jacob Sweet registered the save. Jake Squires was the pitcher of record for Charlottetown.
Austin Arsenault (1-1, walk, triple), Charlie DesRoches (1-2, two runs batted), Alex Hutchinson (1-2, double), Zach Biggar (1-2, double, two RBI), Ben Cooke (1-2, RBI single) and Ed McNeill (1-3, double) all contributed hits to Richmond’s balanced attack.
Alex Graham (2-2, two-run inside-the-park home run), Patrick Duffy (1-2), Tobias Hood (1-2, walk) and Tanner MacLean (1-3, double) swung hot bats for Charlottetown.
Parker Gallant was named Richmond’s player of the game, and Graham took the award for Charlottetown.
St. John’s 11 Richmond 8
Shane Fordham (2-3, two RBI) and Steven Abbott (1-2, two walks) sparked St. John’s offence.
For Richmond, Austin Arsenault (2-2, walk) and Charlie DesRoches (1-1, two walks) were the top batters.
Devon Murphy earned the pitching win in relief while Parker Gallant was tagged with the loss.
Fredericton 10 Charlottetown 0
Sam McKinney was the winning pitcher, and MacLean took the loss.
McKinney and Max Grant each went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Fredericton while MacLean and Squires went 1-for-2 for Charlottetown.
Fredericton 12 Dartmouth 2
Grant registered the pitching win over Ben Roode.
Grant, McKinney and Cole McTavish all had 2-for-3 batting summaries for Fredericton.
Duncan McLaughlin and Timmy Mann were 1-for-2 for Dartmouth.