SUMMERSIDE – Logan MacDougall was quick to direct praise to his teammates after a stellar pitching performance Sunday.
MacDougall pitched a complete-game gem in the final of the Mike Cameron invitational bantam AAA baseball tournament at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field on Sunday morning. MacDougall and his Summerside Chevys defeated the Kennebecasis Valley Red Sox from New Brunswick 5-2.
“We played excellent,” assessed MacDougall, who called the victory a total team effort. “The defence was great, like it was all weekend, we hit the ball well and we had great enthusiasm.”
The four-team tournament, hosted by the Summerside Area Baseball Association, also featured P.E.I.’s Cardigan Clippers and New Glasgow Kinsmen from Nova Scotia. The teams played a round robin on Friday and Saturday, with the top two teams advancing to the final.
The Chevys went 3-0 (won-lost) in the round robin while Cardigan, Kennebecasis Valley and New Glasgow tied 1-2. The Red Sox won the tiebreaker – runs per defensive inning – to advance.
In the championship game, MacDougall limited the Red Sox to four hits while striking out seven.
“I wouldn’t be able to do it without the catchers,” said MacDougall in directing praise to his receivers. “Derian (Demchuck) and Brandon (Condon) did a great job behind the plate today.”
MacDougall only found himself in trouble once, and that was in the top of the fifth inning. The Red Sox, who were trailing 5-1 at the time, loaded the bases with no outs, but MacDougall received two key defensive plays to escape the jam unscathed.
Chevys third baseman Morgan Crossman cleanly fielded a hard-hit ball and threw a strike to home for the force out. MacDougall then fanned the next batter for out No. 2, and shortstop Ben Christopher handled a grounder and threw a strike to first for the third out.
“Ben and Morgan made some great plays to get out of it,” said MacDougall. “They fielded two tough ground balls, and threw them out at first and home.”
Offensively, the Chevys scored all five runs in the bottom of the first inning, keyed by Brett Platts’s two-run single.
“It’s big because then you can go out and pitch,” said MacDougall in talking about the importance of being staked to the early lead. “You know you have a lead and can trust your defence.”
Crossman (2-3), Ethan Francis (1-2, walk) and Dawson McCormack (1-2, walk) were Summerside’s top batters.
Keaton Dodsworth (2-2), Noah Cromwell (1-2) and Cameron Greer (1-2) led the Red Sox attack.
Cromwell scored the Red Sox’s first run on a second-inning single, and Will Cromwell scored the second run on a passed ball in the sixth inning.
Summerside bantam AAA
baseball tournament scores:
Friday, July 25
Kennebecasis Valley Red Sox 12 Cardigan Clippers 2
Summerside Chevys 9 New Glasgow Kinsmen 1
Saturday, July 26
Summerside 4 Kennebecasis Valley 2
Cardigan 6 New Glasgow 5
Summerside 18 Cardigan 9
New Glasgow 3 Kennebecasis Valley 2
Sunday, July 27
Summerside 5 Kennebecasis Valley 2
Logan MacDougall of the Summerside Chevys delivers a pitch during the championship game of the Mike Cameron invitational bantam AAA baseball tournament at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field on Sunday morning.
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