Car­bon­ear takes sil­ver

Un­der-12 team shines at pro­vin­cial mi­nor softball tour­ney

The Compass - - SPORTS -

The un­der-12 team with Car­bon­ear mi­nor softball cap­tured sil­ver at the 2010 pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment, which was held in Car­bon­ear Aug. 2829.

A team from Con­cep­tion Bay Cen­tral (CBC) went un­de­feated in the tour­ney to take home the gold medal.

In the open­ing match Car­bon­ear went head to head with But­lerville, who out­lasted the host team 15-13 in ex­tra in­nings.

Car­bon­ear proved to be no match for CBC in the sec­ond game. CBC blanked Car­bon­ear 11-0, hand­ing the team their sec­ond loss of the tour­na­ment. In games 3, 4 and 5 Car­bon­ear roared back to de­feat Fox­trap 17-12, Pla­cen­tia 14-8 and edge But­lerville in the semi-fi­nal 7-6.

That earned Car­bon­ear its birth in the cham­pi­onship game against CBC.

The home­town team went all out in the seven com­plete in­nings, but came up short at the end, los­ing 8-7 in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

Dou­ble plays, div­ing catches and in­field home runs were a big con­tribut­ing fac­tor in Car­bon­ear’s fight to stay in the game.

The large crowd of fans who turned out to cheer on their home­town team, filled the ball­park with en­cour­age­ment, ex­cite­ment and pres­sure for the young play­ers.

This marked Car­bon­ear’s third pro­vin­cial mi­nor tour­na­ment in the two years the pro­gram has been run­ning.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of David Kennedy and David Do­ran the team had less than eight weeks to pre­pare for the pro­vin­cial show­downs.

Great weather, fans, vol­un­teers and host team hos­pi­tal­ity all con­trib­uted to a suc­cess­ful week­end tour­ney, or­ga­niz­ers say.

A SEC­OND PLACE PER­FOR­MANCE - Mem­bers of the Car­bon­ear squad that cap­tured the sil­ver medal at the 2010 un­der-12 pro­vin­cial slo­p­itch softball tour­na­ment were:Front (l-r) — Ryan Noel, Dylan Hoben, Matthew Hoyles, Mark Ryan and Emily Kennedy; back — coach David Kennedy, Tyler Mul­laly, Matthew Oates, Caleb Noel, Michael Han­cock, Mon­ica Grif­fin, Jor­dan Mercer and coach Ni­cholas Ros­siter.

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