Back-to-back AGR crowns for Acadians Bryden Boudreau named playoff tournament MVP
The Pomquet Acadians are backto-back AGR fast pitch champions.
On their home field, Aug. 25, they clinched the crown with a 9-0, five-inning victory over the Heatherton Warriors in the title game of the four-team playoff tournament.
“Everyone played an equal role,” shortstop Bryden Boudreau, who garnered the Joe Andy Macdonald Memorial Award as playoff MVP, said on the field after the championship trophy presentation.
He noted that team effort was the theme all season for the Acadians.
“We had a great attitude,” Boudreau added.
Aspen native Donnelly Archibald tossed a one-hitter, striking out 12, for the win.
“Playing behind him is very easy,” Boudreau said of his teammate, calling Archibald “one of the top pitchers in Canada.”
After a scoreless first inning, the Acadians opened the scoring in the top of the second frame. Jaiden Doiron cashed in two runs with an RBI triple to left field, while lead-off hitter Dave Macpherson made it 3-0 with a runscoring single up the middle.
The Acadians broke open the tilt with a four-run fourth inning, keyed by a monstrous two-run homer to right-center field off the bat of Boudreau, which made it 7-0.
In the top of the fifth, Mike Deon – who went 3-for-3 – stroked a solo home run to give the Acadians an eight-run cushion.
After a double from Macpherson, Archibald helped his cause with a run-scoring single to make it 9-0.
Archibald retired the side, in order, to lock down the title.
Adam Anderson, who was relieved by Paul Purcell, took the pitching loss for the Warriors.
Earlier in the afternoon, on the strength of a five-run first inning, Heatherton punched their ticket to the championship game with an 8-1 win over the St. Josephs Chiefs.
Purcell bested Jaron Kennedy in the pitching match-up.
In the bottom of the first, Joey Macdonald ripped a two-rbi double and Trent Deyoung blasted a two-run homer, while Anderson chipped in an RBI ground out.
Logan Deyoung, after reaching base on a bloop single, scored for the Chiefs in the top of the third, after a Heatherton error.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors sealed the deal with a Macdonald solo homer and RBI single to left field from catcher Steve Arsenault, who finished with three hits.
Led by another one-hit, fiveinning gem from Archibald, the Acadians cruised to a 7-0 semifinal win over the St. Andrews Flyers.
Archibald, who fanned 10 of the first 12 batters he faced, did not surrender the lone Flyer hit until there were two outs in the fifth inning. James Briand, who singled, was caught stealing on a pinpoint throw from catcher Blair Van Oirschot to close the frame.
Lawrence Macpherson of St. Andrews matched Archibald, tossing four scoreless innings, before Dave Macpherson made it 2-0 with an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth.
After a three-run homer from Mark Dort, Deon secured the seven-run rule win with a two-rbi single.
Round robin play
The Warriors opened the round robin portion of the tournament with a 14-4 victory over the Acadians.
Purcell, who finished with six strikeouts, earned the win over Richie Connors.
Josh Wood, who singled four times, finished with three RBI, while Macdonald collected four, on the strength of a two-run homer and double.
Alex Chisholm chipped in two singles and two RBI.
Boudreau led the Acadians with a two-run blast, while Dort had a single and double, with Chad O’connor adding a single and RBI.
The Flyers started play with an 11-1 thumping of the Chiefs.
Macpherson, who collected six Ks, got the pitching win over Craig Macdonald.
Kory Tate, who also doubled and finished with four RBI, along with Steve Macisaac and Grant Macdonald homered for St. Andrews.
Jason O’leary reached base with a single and double.
Jaron Kennedy and Spencer Barron, with a home run and single, respectively, led the Chief offense.
Anderson struck out 10 for the Warriors in a 7-6 victory over the Chiefs. Jaron Kennedy took the loss. For Heatherton, Trent Deyoung, Wood and Anderson finished with two RBI apiece.
Mitchell Bowman collected four hits, including a home run and three singles, while Barron added a two-run RBI double for
Arnold Murphy and Logan Kennedy both finished with a single and double.
Archibald fashioned a 15-strikeout no-hitter for the Acadians in a 7-0 win over the Flyers. Macpherson took the loss. Brian Gilfoy, O’connor and Archibald finished with two RBI apiece.
In a slugfest, the Warriors edged the Flyers 13-10.
Reilly Bowie led a balanced Heatherton attack with a single, double and RBI.
Eriq Proctor and Tate finished with four and three RBI, respectively, for the Flyers, while Briand added three singles.
Trent Deyoung earned the mound win over Proctor.
Connors got the win for Pomquet in a 9-5 victory over the Chiefs.
Boudreau finished 2-for-4, including a home run, with four RBI, while Van Oirschot added three runs-batted-in and a roundtripper.
Barron went 3-for-4 for the Chiefs, with three RBI.
Arnold Murphy was tagged with the loss.
Connors and Purcell were named co-winners of the Gerald Chisholm Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the top regular season pitcher.
Both players finished with 5-0 marks.
Devon Maclaughlin of the St. Andrews Flyers collected the Harold Macpherson Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year, while Donald Chisholm of the Warriors received the Ernie 'Jack' Chisholm Memorial Trophy as top coach for the circuit.
Ricky Bowie of the Warriors garnered the Jerry Broussard Memorial Trophy as top hitter for the regular campaign, while the Hughie Smith Memorial Trophy – for sportsmanship and athletic ability went to Jarrett Rossong of the Chiefs.
For the playoffs, along with Boudreau’s MVP effort, Tate of the Flyers received the Darryl Macpherson Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and athletic ability.
The AGR’S players and teams also honoured long-time statistician Philippe Babin for his continuing dedication to the league.
The Pomquet Acadians celebrate their second consecutive AGR fast pitch crown. They secured the title with a 9-0 victory over the Heatherton Warriors in the league playoff tournament championship game Aug. 25.