Mak­ing a state­ment

Semi­fi­nals at At­lantic pee­wee cham­pi­onship set for Satur­day af­ter­noon

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SUM­MER­SIDE – The Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­lan­ders have made a state­ment. The Char­lot­te­town-based team is clearly a force to be reck­oned with at the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park.

The Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­lan­ders and Hal­i­fax Mets have made a state­ment. The two teams are clearly forces to be reck­oned with at the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park. The Char­lot­te­town-based Is­lan­ders blanked the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als 9-0 in a first-place show­down in Pool B on Fri­day morn­ing. The Is­lan­ders, who have outscored their op­po­nents a com­bined 37-4, will take a 3-0 (won-lost) record into Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal game against the Ken­nebe­ca­sis Val­ley Red Sox at 4 p.m. The Mets, who have outscored their op­po­si­tion 36-15 and com­pleted the round robin with a 16-6 vic­tory over the St. John’s Cap­i­tals on Fri­day af­ter­noon, are also 3-0, and will face the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als (2-1) in Satur­day’s other semi­fi­nal at 1 p.m. The medal games are Sun­day. The Red Sox punched their ticket to the semi­fi­nals with an ex­cit­ing 9-8 vic­tory over the host Sum­mer­side Chevys on Fri­day af­ter­noon. The Red Sox com­pleted roundrobin play 2-1 while the Chevys were 1-2. Sum­mer­side will meet Truro in the fifth-place game on Satur­day at 10 a.m. Cap­i­tal Dis­trict 9 Fred­er­ic­ton 0 Win­ning pitcher Jack MacKin­non tossed 6 1/3 in­nings of three­hit ball while strik­ing out seven and is­su­ing only one free pass. Aaron Hicks was the pitcher of record for Fred­er­ic­ton. Brett Arse­nault went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in a run sparked the Is­lan­ders’ of­fence. Luke Cough­lin (2-3, three runs bat­ted in) and Gray­sen La­Porte (2-3, RBI) also had mul­ti­ple-hit games. Brady Blac­quier (2-2) was tops at the plate for Fred­er­ic­ton. Ken­nebe­ca­sis Val­ley 9 Sum­mer­side 8 The Red Sox ral­lied for three runs in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning to turn a 7-6 deficit into a 9-7 lead. The Chevys, how­ever, re­fused to quit and ral­lied for a run in their last at-bat to set the stage for a nail-bit­ing fin­ish. Nathan Adams (2-2, run scored, RBI), Ja­cob Kaine (2-3, run scored, RBI) and Matthew Bauder (1-3, run scored, three RBIs) were key of­fen­sive con­trib­u­tors for Ken­nebe­ca­sis Val­ley. Ben­nett Gal­lant drove in four runs and scored once to lead the Chevys on the strength of a 2-for-3 bat­ting sum­mary. El­liott Proud, Cole Ech­lin, Josh Burgess and Hay­den El­lis also had hits for Sum­mer­side. Kaine was cred­ited with the pitch­ing win, and El­lis was the pitcher of record for the Chevys. Hal­i­fax 17 Sum­mer­side 7 In a game Thurs­day evening, the Mets rode two big early in­nings to an im­por­tant win over the Chevys in a clash of 1-0 teams. Hal­i­fax opened the scor­ing with a sin­gle run in the top of the first, scored four times in the sec­ond and then tacked on nine more runs in the third to open up a 13-0 lead af­ter 2 ½ in­nings. Jack­son Mon­treuil, Adam Crocker, Ben­ito Bonilla and Rory MacDon­ald all had mul­ti­ple-hit games for the Mets. Ech­lin (3-3, two runs scored) and Tyson Wedge (2-3, run scored) were Sum­mer­side’s top hit­ters. MacDon­ald earned the pitch­ing win over Proud.

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Jack MacKin­non is about to score a run for the Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­lan­ders while Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als catcher Sam Gal­lagher awaits the throw. The Is­lan­ders de­feated the Roy­als 9-0 to com­plete round-robin play atop Pool B with a per­fect 3-0 (won-lost) record in the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park in Sum­mer­side.

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Ben­nett Gal­lant of the Sum­mer­side Chevys hus­tles down the line af­ter his sec­ond-in­ning in­field ground­out brought home a run in Fri­day af­ter­noon’s ac­tion in the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park in Sum­mer­side. Ken­nebe­ca­sis Val­ley Red Sox first base­man Nathan Adams fields the throw while um­pire Mike Gouthro fol­lows the play.

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Sum­mer­side Chevys sec­ond base­man MacKen­zie DesRoches fields the ball dur­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon’s roundrobin game against the Ken­nebe­ca­sis Val­ley Red Sox in the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park in Sum­mer­side.

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Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­lan­ders right-fielder Owen Mur­phy makes a run­ning catch in Fri­day morn­ing’s game against the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als in the Base­ball Canada 2018 At­lantic 13-and-un­der cham­pi­onship at Queen El­iz­a­beth Park in Sum­mer­side.

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