The Summerside Peewee AAA Chevys defeated the Hammonds Plains A's Sunday, capturing the Bedford Days Tournament championship.
The Summerside Peewee AAA Chevys defeated the Hammonds Plains A's in the championship game of the Bedford Days Tournament in Nova Scotia. Back row, from left: Steven Noonan, Richard Beaulieu, Ben Thompson, Ben MacDougall, Marcus Gauthier, Dylan Noonan, Bennett MacArthur, Dylan Thomas, MacKenzie Matheson, Adam MacArthur, Dale MacDougall. Front row: Ryley Campbell, Ethan Beaulieu, Brandon Gaudet, Blake MacKinnon, Nicolas Gunning.
The Chevys were 2-1 in round-robin play, defeating the Tri-County Rangers 14-7 in their opening game of the tournament on Friday evening. Summerside finished round-robin play on Saturday, splitting their games, losing 7-2 to the Dartmouth Arrows before bouncing back to defeat the Kentville Wildcats 13-3.
Dartmouth finished first in the round robin portion of the tournament (3-0) but were upset by the upstart A's in semi-final play. Summerside punched its ticket to the final with a 9-3 victory over the Wildcats in the second semi-final game.
In the semi-final game, the Chevys got offensive contributions from the entire lineup and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Wildcats capitalized on a couple of Summerside miscues and clawed their way back to within three runs.
Dylan Thomas started on the mound and kept the Wildcats at bay before giving way to Nicolas Gunning in the fourth. Gunning did not allow an earned run in six-plus innings of relief work during the tournament.
Ben MacDougall put the game out of reach when he hit a monster home run over the right field fence, helping to restore the Chevys' six run lead and sending Summerside into the tournament final.
MacDougall was handed the ball and the starting assignment in the championship game. The hard throwing right-hander was lights out early on and was backed by solid team defensive play.
Hammonds Plains fought their way back into the game (5-3), but solid relief from Bennett MacArthur combined with another offensive outburst from the Chevys proved to be too much for the A's to overcome.
Dylan Noonan and Brandon Gaudet both had home runs as Summerside claimed the championship, which was played at Bedford's Joan Lenihan Memorial Field.