Head coach proud of team’s accomplishments at Canadian baseball championship
VAUGHAN, Ont. – Rob McCormack could not be more pleased with what can be best described as a total team effort by P.E.I.’s Summerside Chevys.
The Chevys head coach was absolutely delighted with the team’s play at the Baseball Canada national bantam championship over the weekend. Overall, the Chevys finished a very respectable 4-2 (won-lost).
“To be 4-2 going back to P.E.I. we couldn’t be any more happy,” said McCormack. “Everyone enjoyed their experience, everyone got to play and that was the goal going in. They run this like the big leagues, the umpiring was fantastic and the facilities were top notch.”
The Chevys topped Manitoba 9-1 in the ninth-place game of the 15-under tournament on Sunday morning. Despite a 3-2 round-robin record, tournament seeding resulted in P.E.I. playing for ninth position.
The Chevys, who closed out the round robin with a 5-4 win over Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon, finished in a second-place tie with Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan in Pool B.
“The first tiebreaker is your record against each other, but we were all 1-1 so it went to run differential and unfortunately we ended up with fourth place,” explained McCormack.
That resulted in P.E.I. playing for ninth place.
“We tried to tell the kids, ‘Don’t worry about the number you place, let’s try and go 4-2,’” said McCormack in explaining the coaching staff’s message to the players before the final game. “The boys played the best game they played all week.
“We hit the ball fantastic, pitchers did what they did all week and the defence rose to the challenge. We played great.”
“To be 4-2 going back to P.E.I. we couldn’t be any more happy. Everyone enjoyed their experience, everyone got to play and that was the goal going in. They run this like the big leagues, the umpiring was fantastic and the facilities were top notch.” Chevys coach Rob McCormack
McCormack was especially proud of the fact all 18 players were able to see considerable playing time and contribute.
“We got kids in when we could and of course some kids played a little more than others, but the least amount of innings that anyone played on our team was 16,” noted McCormack. “All 18 kids played at least 16 innings of baseball.”
Chevys 9 Manitoba 1
The Island representative took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, and scored six times in the fifth to close out the game’s scoring.
Four P.E.I. pitchers – Brandon Condon, Karson Myers, Ethan Francis and Logan MacDougall – combined toss a two-hitter and record 10 strikeouts. Condon was credited with the pitching win.
Offensively, Elijah Hood (2-2, run scored, RBI), Dawson McCormack (2-2, run scored) and Coleton Perry (2-4) led the way for the Chevys.
Chevys 5 Saskatchewan 4
The Chevys jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and led 5-2 after three innings.
MacDougall, Ben Christopher and Kallum Muirhead all had two hits for the Chevys.
Muirhead worked six innings to earn the win, giving up four runs (three earned), six hits, four walks and he struck out four. Karson Myers gave up two hits and struck out the side in the top of the seventh to earn the save.