Back-to-back AGR crowns for Aca­di­ans Bry­den Boudreau named play­off tour­na­ment MVP

The Casket - - SPORTS - COREY LE­BLANC coreyle­blanc@the­cas­ket.ca

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.

Semi-fi­nal ac­tion

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

the Chiefs.

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.

Award win­ners

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.

Corey Le­blanc

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.

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