SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Prodigy Chevys are off to the semifinals of the Summerside Area Baseball Association peewee AAA baseball tournament.
The Chevys will meet the Richmond Red Sox in an all-P.E.I. semifinal at Queen Elizabeth Park’s (QEP) Gordie Arsenault Field on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Dartmouth Arrows and Fredericton Royals will clash in the other semifinal, also at 10 a.m., on the Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field at QEP.
The Red Sox, Arrows and Royals all finished the round robin 2-1. The semifinals winners will meet in the championship game at 12:30 p.m.
The Chevys finished atop the round-robin standings with a perfect record of 3-0 (won-lost).
The Chevys and Tri-County Rangers went into the round-robin finale on the VIV Field as the only 2-0 teams in the tournament. When the dust settled, the Chevys emerged with a 20-19 victory.
Summerside literally stole the game for Rangers, who despite finishing 2-1 failed to advantage to the semifinals.
Nicolas Gunning swiped two bases after working a two-out walk to cap off the come-from-behind win as the Chevys erased a four-run deficit in the seventh inning against the Rangers. An errant attempt to cut down Gunning at third base allowed the diminutive Summerside player an opportunity to scamper home with the game-winning run.
Ethan Beaulieu (3-3, double, run batted in), Gunning (2-3, walk, two RBI) and Ben MacDougall (2-3, walk, two RBI).
Pitches a gem
Earlier Saturday, Marcus Gauthier pitched a gem in leading the Chevys to a 12-2 victory over the Dieppe Cardinals. Gauthier scattered five hits while striking out nine Cardinals. Ben Thompson came on in the seventh to close the game out for Summerside.
Dylan Noonan's first-inning home run set the tone for the game, and the hometown Chevys never looked back. Noonan, Ethan Beaulieu and Bennett MacArthur all went 2-for-3 and combined to drive in five runs while scoring seven of their team's runs.
Ben Thompson (1-1, double, two runs scored) and Gunning (1-1, double, walk, three RBI) also chipped offensively.
In other round-robin games Saturday, it was:
Dartmouth 12 Richmond 2; Tri-County 14 Cornwall 10; Fredericton 16 Halifax 6; Charlottetown 9 Sherwood 5; Dartmouth 15 Cornwall 5; Dartmouth 15 Cornwall 5; Richmond 10 Dieppe 5; Fredericton 13 Charlottetown 8, and Halifax 13 Sherwood 3.