Glace Bay wins opener

Colonels one step closer to ad­vanc­ing to na­tional cham­pi­onship

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF sports@cb­

The Glace Bay McDon­ald’s Colonels took ad­van­tage of home field as they won the open­ing game of the At­lantic Re­gion Ma­jor Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day.

With about 200 sup­port­ers gath­ered at the Cameron Bowl, the Colonels wasted no time in grab­bing an early lead against New Brunswick’s Lan­caster All Stars on a per­fect night for base­ball in Glace Bay.

The Colonels, who de­feated both the Syd­ney Mines Ram­blers and the Syd­ney Soon­ers to take the Nova Sco­tia ti­tle last week, got some ter­rific pitch­ing to keep the visi­tors’ bats in check as they cruised to a 7-2 win in the first game of the best-of-three se­ries.

“We got a heck of an ef­fort from Parker Han­ra­han – he pitched a great game,” said Colonels coach Henry Boutilier, who pulled his start­ing pitcher with one out in the sixth in­ning due to his high pitch count.

“He was go­ing great, throw­ing strikes and tak­ing it to the bat­ters and they’re a good team.”

Han­ra­han al­lowed just two hits and struck out nine be­fore be­ing re­lieved by Gavin MacQueen.

By then the Colonels were lead­ing 7-0 and while the New Brunswick rep­re­sen­ta­tives ral­lied for a cou­ple of late runs it was a case of too lit­tle, too late, and the lo­cal play­ers walked off the vic­tory.

The Glace Bay at­tack was led by Tye Clarke, who had with a pair of dou­bles, and Han­ra­han, who helped his own cause with a dou­ble and a sin­gle.

Wy­att Stub­bard hit a dou­ble and the broth­ers Hicks, Jar­rett and Adam, con­trib­uted sin­gles.

Lan­caster’s Con­nor Hill was tagged with the loss, while the All Stars’ of­fen­sive leader was Jared Cos­man with a dou­ble and a sin­gle.

Boutilier will hand the ball to fan favourite Lo­gan Snow for to­day’s Game 2 that will see the first pitch thrown at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Bowl.

The win­ner of the se­ries ad­vances to the Cana­dian Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship that be­gins Aug. 7 in Ot­tawa.

Mean­while, the Glace Bay Lo­gis­tech Min­ers have au­to­mat­i­cally ad­vanced to the Cana­dian ‘Ju­nior’ Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship in Leth­bridge, Ab. af­ter New Brunswick failed to pro­vide an op­po­nent.

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