Bet­ter late than never!

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It took 15 years to get there, but this Carbonear-based fast-patch team has fi­nally cap­tured the cov­eted St. John’s In­ter­me­di­ate Fast­pitch crown.

Coastal Marine and Recre­ation has fi­nally won the Mol­son St. John’s In­ter­me­di­ate Fast­pitch League, for­merly known as the Mol­son St. John’s Ju­nior League, af­ter 15 years of try­ing.

The Carbonear en­try claimed the ti­tle last Tues­day, Oct. 13 with a 3-1 win over the Goulds.

Adam Janes (7 IP, 9 K, 1BB, 5 H, 1R) pitched the win and scored two of Coastal’s runs.

Chris Do­ran and Aaron Janes both went 2-3 at the plate and pro­vided all the RBI’s.

Coastal ad­vanced to the league cham­pi­onship by beat­ing Bay Roberts in the last two games of the quar­ter­fi­nal af­ter they lost game one.

Carbonear then up­set the first place team, 3-Cheers Pub, in the semi-fi­nal in two straight games.

Adam Janes and David Kennedy both pitched a win in the first two se­ries. Janes pitched all three wins in the cham­pi­onship se­ries, with Kennedy pick­ing up one save. Due to Adam Janes’ pitch­ing (61, 46.2 IP, 66 K, 1.36 era and 2 SO) and hit­ting (12-26,0.462 BA, 9 R, 2 BB, 2 RBI’s) he was named play­off MVP (most valu­able player).

The team joined the St. John’s Mol­son Ju­nior League in 1995 but had failed to win a cham­pi­onship un­til this year. They had sev­eral sec­ond place fin­ishes at past pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships and even fin­ished first over­all af­ter round robin play in both 1997 and 2006. David Kennedy is the only re­main­ing player on the team who started with the team 14 years ago.

This is the sec­ond cham­pi­onship that Coastal has won in as many months as they claimed the East­ern Cana­dian Se­nior C Fast­pitch Ti­tle on the Carbonear fields in Septem­ber with a 12-in­ning win over Tor­bay Bay.

Since the start of the East­ern Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship Coastal has won 11 out of 12 games in­clud­ing the league fi­nal. The only loss was to the Goulds in game 4 of the fi­nal se­ries.

This has been the most games Coastal Marine and Recre­ation has played in a sea­son, 47, as the team has been quite busy since June 7. This fi­nal game has been the lat­est game ever played in the league due to the rainy fin­ish, which kept de­lay- ing the cham­pi­onship se­ries and pushed the fi­nal to Oc­to­ber 13.

LEAGUE CHAMPS - Coastal Marine and Recre­ation has fi­nally cap­tured the Mol­son St. John’s In­ter­me­di­ate Fast­pitch cham­pi­onship. Team mem­bers are, front row from left: Rob­bie Tay­lor, Ja­son Brown, Aaron Janes, Justin Brown, Felix Rogers, and Matthew Rogers. Back row: Zack Janes, Colin Walsh, David and Chris Do­ran, Roger Osmond, Josh and Adam Janes, and Daniel Short. David Kennedy, Rob­bie But­ton, and Paul Kennedy were un­avail­able for photo.

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