MONCTON, N.B. – The Summerside Prodigy Sports Chevys dropped their opening game of the inaugural Tubby Melanson Memorial baseball tournament here on Friday.
Fredericton took a page out of the Chevys’ playbook, using strong pitching and stingy defence to beat P.E.I.’s top peewee AAA squad 4-1. It was only Summerside’s second loss this season.
Fredericton's pitchers combined to hold Summerside to only three hits and one run over seven innings, but the story of the game was team defence. Fredericton's positional play was stellar, with several hard-hit balls being defended to perfection by the Royals.
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.
Summerside will complete round-robin play on Saturday. The Chevys face Lancaster, N.B., at noon and Halifax, N.S., at 6 p.m.
The tournament has attracted 16 of the top peewee AAA and 12 of the top peewee AA teams from across Atlantic Canada. The memorial tournament honours Paul (Tubby) Melanson, past president of Moncton Minor Baseball and a longtime builder and supporter of sport in New Brunswick.