Eight 13-and-under teams from Atlantic Canada begin play in Summerside
Eight peewee teams will be competing for regional bragging rights this week. The Baseball Canada 2018 13-andunder Atlantic championship gets underway at Queen Elizabeth Park in Summerside on Thursday morning.
Eight peewee teams will be competing for regional bragging rights this week. The Baseball Canada 2018 13-and-under Atlantic championship gets underway at Queen Elizabeth Park in Summerside on Thursday morning. Play continues until the medal games on Sunday. The event features two teams from P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. The teams will play a three-game round robin within their four-team pool. The host Summerside Chevys and Capital District Islanders from Charlottetown are representing P.E.I. “It’s going to be a fantastic event,” said Darren Gallant, head coach of the host Chevys.” It’s always an honour playing with the best young ballplayers on the Island. “The fact you get to host this calibre of tournament it’s going to be exciting for all those getting to watch and also the players involved.” Round-robin play concludes on Friday afternoon, with the crossovers and semifinals set for Saturday afternoon. The core group of the Islanders is no stranger to playing in big games. Capital District defeated Fredericton in the final to win the Atlantic mosquito AAA championship two years ago. “We feel pretty comfortable going into these types of events,” said Islanders head coach Mark Arsenault. “We’ve talked about tournament baseball a lot, and maintaining our emotions, not getting too high or too low and understanding the situation. “It’s always nice playing on the Island, playing at home and being able to sleep in your own bed. We are pretty comfortable with the fields up in Summerside, having played up there quite a bit this summer and past summers as well.”
The Capital District Islanders defeated the Mid-Isle Mustangs 11-1 in the title game of the recent Baseball P.E.I. provincial peewee AAA championship. The Mitch MacLean Memorial Trophy winners finished first in the league with a record of 14-1 (won-lost), and also won the provincial eliminations in August. Capital District will represent P.E.I. at the Baseball Canada 13-and-under Atlantic championship beginning Thursday in Summerside. Members of the Islanders are, front row, from left, Cameron Sanderson, Jack Burke, Brayden Bruce, Owen Murphy, Cameron Doyle and Jack Rowell. Back row are, from left, coach Mark Arsenault, coach Chris Hedefine, Ryan Harper, Wil White, Brett Arsenault, Luke Coughlin, Jack MacKinnon, Shannon MacDonald, coach John Burke coach and K.J. White.
The Summerside Chevys won the Frank Koughan Memorial baseball tournament in Charlottetown earlier this season. The Chevys are the host team for the Baseball Canada 2018 13-and-under Atlantic championship that begins in Summerside on Thursday. Summerside team members are: Hayden Ellis, front, and second row: Tyson Wedge, Owen Jones, Brandon Smith, Maddix Hamilton, Jacob Watkins, Bennett Gallant and George Gallant. Third row: MacKenzie DesRoches, Cole Echlin and Caleb Gallant. Back row: Coaches Wes Echlin, Darren Gallant, Jason Gallant, James Wedge and Mikeal Thomas.