Capped by McCormack’s steal of home in bronze-medal game
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – The Richmond Red Sox proved that a ball game is never over until the game’s final out is recorded on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Sox trailed the Newfoundland and Labrador representative from Paradise 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The never-say-die Red Sox rallied for three runs with two outs, capped off by Dylan McCormack stealing home for the winning run and a 6-5 walk-off victory.
“That (comeback) was something else,” said Red Sox co-coach and manager Chas McNeill. “I have been involved with baseball 18 to 20 years and what I saw today (Sunday) was probably one of the most exciting games I have ever been a part of.”
Matt Williams, who also had a big game at the plate with a 2-for-3 summary, including a double, picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Kyle Richard.
Cameron MacAulay (1-1, two walks) and Luke Dyment (1-2) were Richmond’s other top batters.
Overall, the Red Sox completed play in the Atlantic championship at 2-2 (won-lost). Richmond opened with a 10-5 loss to the host Grand Falls-Windsor team on Friday, and then outscored Paradise 13-10 and lost 11-1 to Kentville, N.S., on Saturday.
The bronze-medal victory capped an amazing season for the Red Sox, which included going undefeated on P.E.I.
“We came over here (Atlantic championship) with pretty high expectations, and when we got here we got our eyes opened with just how good the competition is,” said McNeill. “It’s something you definitely don’t see on P.E.I.
“That (comeback) was something else. I have been involved with baseball 18 to 20 years and what I saw today (Sunday) was probably one of the most exciting games I have ever been a part of.” Red Sox co-coach and manager Chas McNeill
“When you look at P.E.I., we have an eight-team league. Nova Scotia has a five-team league and what Newfoundland does is create all-star teams out of these big communities. We had 12 kids sign up to play ball, and 12 kids made our team. There were no tryouts, cuts or anything. This is huge for our kids.”
A look at Richmond’s games at the Atlantic peewee AA baseball championship on Saturday:
Richmond 13 Paradise 10
Chandler Wood drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 batting summary, including a double and triple. Matt Williams (1-2, two walks) and Dylan McCormack (2-4) also made key offensive contributions.
Starter Sam McNeill worked five innings in recording the pitching victory. Isaac Compton relieved McNeill in the sixth inning, and Williams came on in the seventh to record the save.
Kentville 11 Richmond 1
Kentville led 6-1 in the sixth inning and then pushed five runs across home plate to win by the 10-run mercy rule.
Wood (1-2, double), Williams (1-2, double) and Eric Demchuk (1-2) were Richmond’s top hitters.
McCormack and Wood shared the pitching duties for Richmond.