MONCTON, N.B. – Despite allowing a tournament-low eight runs against in the round robin portion of the inaugural Paul (Tubby) Melanson Memorial baseball tournament, the Summerside Prodigy Chevys failed to advance to the peewee AAA semifinals.
The Chevys went 1-2 (won-lost) in the round robin, losing 4-1 to the Fredericton Royals and 4-3 to the Halifax Braves while defeating the Lancaster Stingrays 9-0.
The Dartmouth Arrows captured the tournament on the strength of an overwhelming 16-0 win over the Kennebecasis Valley Red Sox.
The Sox defeated Miramichi 13-3 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. The Arrows beat Halifax 5-4 in the other semifinal matchup.
The Chevys, who are winding up their regular-season schedule in the P.E.I. Peewee AAA Baseball League, will participate in an upcoming Sherwood tournament and will host the provincial championship tournament at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Following is a look at the Chevys’ games in Moncton:
Fredericton 4 Chevys 3
The Chevys had a chance to win in the home half of the seventh inning, but the Brent Grant-coached Royals got the final out after Summerside loaded the bases. Grant played junior A hockey in Summerside with the Western Capitals in the late 1980s.
Ethan Beaulieu (2-3) and Bennett MacArthur (1-3) were Summerside’s top hitters.
Chevys 9 Lancaster 0
Winning pitcher Marcus Gauthier and Dylan Thomas combined on a two-hit shutout for the Chevys.
Beaulieu (2-2, double) and Thomas (2-3, two doubles) were the top batters for the Chevys.
Halifax 4 Chevys 3
A win by the Chevys against the Braves would have put them into playoff contention. However, Halifax narrowly pulled out the one-run win to improve its round-robin record to 3-0.
Ben MacDougall (2-3, double) sparked Summerside’s offence against Halifax.