Crusaders prevail in another thriller

Jason Simmonds
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Ronahan sparks offence in one-run victory

MORELL – It was another down-to-the-wire finish for the Kensington Crusaders.

Matt Barlow earned the save for the Kensington Crusaders in a 3-2 opening-game win over the host Northside Lions in the Atlantic midget AA baseball championship in Morell on Friday afternoon.

The Crusaders held on for a 3-2 nail-biting win over the host Northside Lions in the opening game of the Atlantic midget AA baseball championship on Friday afternoon.

“Everything has been close lately,” said Crusaders head coach Dave Montgomery, referring to his team having to win their final two round-robin games and then pull out thrilling semifinal and final game victories in last weekend’s provincial championship. “We didn’t make it easy on ourselves in this one either!”

At Church Field in Morell, the Lions had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Kensington reliever Matt Barlow, a pick-up from Summerside, recorded back-to-back strikeouts to escape the jam and collect the save.

“It’s nice to get that first win and get off to a good start,” said Montgomery. “Hopefully we can carry it on from there.”

 

Ronahan has big game

The Crusaders were led offensively by Parker Ronahan, who went 2-for-3, drove in the second run with a sixth-inning triple and scored the first and third runs.

The Lions answered back with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“Everything has been close lately. We didn’t make it easy on ourselves in this one either!” Crusaders head coach Dave Montgomery

“It was tough conditions blowing hard like it was,” said Montgomery. “Both teams played well. We were able to pull it out in the end.”

Kensington starter Kyle Pinksen picked up the pitching win after throwing 4 1/3 shutout innings. Drew Grady pitched an inning of relief before Barlow finished up.

Brodie Koughan went the distance for the Lions, who were scheduled to play St. John’s, N.L., in Friday’s late game.

The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday against Windsor, N.S., at 9 a.m., and River Valley, N.B., at 4 p.m. Kensington closes out the round robin against St. John’s on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

If a tiebreaker is required, it will be played at 2 p.m., with the championship game at 4:30 p.m. If no tiebreaker is needed, the championship game will go at 2 p.m., if required.

If one team is 4-0 and the other four are 2-2 there will be no championship game. If a squad is 4-0 and another team is 3-1, or teams are tied at the top of the standings, those teams will meet in the championship.

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Organizations: Church Field

Geographic location: Kensington, Morell, Summerside Windsor River Valley

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