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Eight 13-and-un­der teams from At­lantic Canada be­gin play in Summerside

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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