Nova Scotia champs launch 15-hit attack vs. Fredericton
RICHMOND – The Dartmouth Arrows came out swinging and never looked back en route to winning the 2013 Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship here on Sunday afternoon.
The Arrows, behind an outstanding performance from starting pitcher Duncan McLaughlin, pounded out a tournament-high 15 hits in a 10-4 win over the previously-undefeated Fredericton Royals in the gold-medal game.
“They (Arrows) are so excited, especially with 11 of the 12 guys going to peewee (next year),” said Arrows head coach Colin Campbell. “This was their last mosquito game ever, and you could not end it on a better note.”
The Arrows went into their final round-robin game against the host Richmond Red Sox facing a must-win situation on Sunday morning. The Arrows delivered a 9-5 victory to force a championship game to improve to 3-1 (won-lost).
Had the Red Sox defeated Dartmouth, Baseball Canada rules stipulate that a championship game would not have been required as Fredericton, which went 4-0 in the round robin, would have been declared champions based on their undefeated record and having two more wins than the second-place team.
“We’ve had a great year, and actually we’ve had three great years,” assessed Royals head coach and former Summerside Western Capital Brent Grant following the championship game. “Talking to the kids, you never know what’s going to happen in one game. They played better than we did today. We’d like to go back at them tomorrow, but that doesn’t happen.”
Before a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Richmond diamond, the Arrows scored once in the first inning, twice in the second, fourth and sixth frames and pushed three runs home in the top of the third.
Dartmouth, led by the 2-for-2 batting performances of Ryan Doyle and Brady MacLeod, led 8-2 after four innings and took a 10-2 advantage into Fredericton’s last at-bat in the bottom of the sixth.
“The kids came ready to play, and they hit the ball one through 12,” said Campbell.
McLaughlin worked a solid 5 1/3 innings in earning the pitching win. Ben Roode retired the final two outs.
Max Grant was the losing pitcher while Jackson Wilson and Shane Sullivan each went 1-for-2 at the plate for Fredericton.
Former Western Capital
For Grant, who starred with the Summerside Western Capitals’ junior A hockey team in the late 1980s and married a Summerside native (Kelly Gallant), the Atlantic championship provided an opportunity for him to catch up with some friends.
“It’s always fun to come back here,” said Grant. “I get to see a lot of my buddies I used to play hockey with, my billets (Bill and Gloria Schurman) I stayed with and got to get over to the racetrack last night with some of the horsemen. I had just a great weekend.”
Grant, who stepped forward during the closing ceremonies to congratulate Dartmouth and praise the work of the tournament organizers, said he really enjoys coaching and giving back to minor sports in the Fredericton area.
“I really enjoy it,” said Grant. “It’s a great age to coach, and it’s fun to see the kids improve, especially teaching them about sportsmanship and it’s not always going to be easy.”
Atlantic mosquito AAA
baseball championship awards:
Most valuable player – Max Grant, Fredericton Royals
Top pitcher – Shane Sullivan, Fredericton Royals
Top batter – Matthew Chiasson, Fredericton Royals
Steven Abbott, St. John’s Capitals
Tanner MacLean, Charlottetown Royals
Noah Boutilier, Dartmouth Arrows
Ben Roode, Dartmouth Arrows
Sam McKinney, Fredericton Royals
Cole McTavish, Fredericton Royals
Alex Farrell, Fredericton Royals
Charlie DesRoches, Richmond Red Sox
Ed McNeill, Richmond Red Sox
Austin Arsenault, Richmond Red Sox
Note: McNeill and Arsenault were named co-recipients of the final all-star position.
Atlantic mosquito AA baseball
championship round-robin games:
Fredericton 2 Richmond 1
The game featured an outstanding pitching duel between starters Shane Sullivan of the Royals and the Red Sox’s Charlie DesRoches.
Sullivan went the distance, allowing six hits, no walks and striking out six in six innings of work. DesRoches worked 4 2/3 innings, giving up five hits, one walk and fanning seven. Ed McNeill relieved DesRoches.
Max Grant (2-2, home run) and Luke Shaddick (1-1, walk) were Fredericton’s top hitters.
DesRoches and Nathan Grigg each went 1-for-2 for Richmond (1-2).
“It’s always fun to come back here. I get to see a lot of my buddies I used to play hockey with, my billets (Bill and Gloria Schurman) I stayed with and got to get over to the racetrack last night with some of the horsemen. I had just a great weekend.” Former Summerside Western Capital and Fredericton Royals head coach Brent Grant
St. John’s took a 1-1 record into the day’s final game against Fredericton.
Dartmouth 9 Richmond 5
Noah Boutilier was credited with the pitching victory, and Nathan Grigg was the pitcher of record for Richmond.
Ben Roode (2-3, triple, three runs batted in) and Duncan McLaughlin (2-3, two runs scored, two runs batted in) ignited Dartmouth’s attack.
McNeill (2-3), Austin Arsenault (2-3) and DesRoches (1-3, double, three runs batted) swung hot bats for Richmond.
Fredericton 12 St. John’s 2
Chris Longmaid (1-2, three runs batted in), Cole McTavish (1-1, two walks) and Grant (1-3, two runs batted in) keyed Fredericton’s offence.
Jacob Reid (1-2), Camren Cumby (1-2) and losing pitcher Steven Abbott (1-3) were St. John’s leading hitters.
Ryan Hebert earned the pitching win.
Dartmouth 13 St. John’s 3
Tyler Boudreau earned the pitching win over Devon Murphy.
Noah Boutilier had a big game offensively, going 4-for-4 and driving in four runs to lead Dartmouth. Matt Grabmann and Timmy Mann each went 2-for-3.
Shane Fordham (1-1, walk) was tops at the plate for St. John’s.
Dartmouth 6 Charlottetown 1
Boutilier continued to swing a hot bat, this time posting a 3-for-3 summary. Ben Roode chipped in with a 2-for-3 summary and two runs batted in.
For Charlottetown, Tanner MacLean (2-2) and Tobias Hood (1-3, triple) were tops at the dish.
Ryan Doyle earned the pitching win, and Matt Power took the loss.
Charlottetown 8 St. John’s 1
Matt Dunn connected for a home and a triple while going 2-for-2 at the plate while Jake Squires contributed a 2-for-3 batting summary.
Abbott (2-3) and Jacob Reid (1-2) were tops at the dish for St. John’s.
Tanner MacLean was the winning pitcher, and Cameron Cumby suffered the loss.