Astros slide into silver
Bay Roberts team drops baseball final
The Ascension Collegiate boys’ baseball team came up short in its attempt to repeat as high school baseball champions after dropping a lopsided 11-4 decision to the Holy Heart of Mary Regional High at St. Pat’s Baseball Field in St. John’s on May 27.
Heading into the tournament, coach Scott Mercer said had “high expectations” due to the success the team experienced last season in capturing the championship.
Holy Heart jumped out to an early lead, putting up three runs in the first inning. They did it again in the second and the fourth to squash any chance Ascension had of repeating as champions.
Mercer said the team had “their best on the mound” for the tournament final, but, “Whatever happened on that particular day, give Holy Heart credit. They just hit us.”
The team was battling some injuries during the championship. Bradley Sparkes left the game in the top of the second inning, and Travis Drover was playing through a twisted ankle.
But Mercer is not making any excuses for not defending the school’s title.
“Holy Heart played a really good game. They pitched a good game and it threw us off,” said Mercer.
Ascension got off to a good start in the tournament, besting the Mount Pearl Senior High Huskies 8-3 at Smallwood Park in Mount Pearl, May 24.
“We faced a really good pitcher in that one, and it worked out well,” said Mercer.
Next up, was a tilt with the Queen Elizabeth Regional High Pioneers at Smallwood Field, May 26.
The Astros and Pioneers were close for four innings before Ascension broke the game open, more than doubling up the Pioneers, 8-3, en route to an undefeated round-robin record.
The Astros featured a mixture of talent from the Conception Bay North Bulldogs organization from Level I to III.
Mercer said the seniors on the team really stepped up and “took the lead.”
Mercer sung high praise for the trio of teacher representatives working as a part of his coaching staff — Lisa Doucette, Glen Lane and Lisa Stone.
Doucette and Stone were bench managers, while Mercer and Lane coached third and first base, respectively.
“I’d like to applaud them and the work they did,” he said. “It was a great coaching staff.”
It is rare to see more than one teacher representative on the bench for high school sports. A prime example being nearby Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown, who had what could have been a promising hockey season squashed because of a lack of teacher representation.
Mercer said the three had some baseball knowledge as well.
Lane hails from Grand Falls-Windsor, while Doucette is from the West Coast of the province.
Both are traditional baseball hotbeds in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the Cataracts (GFW) and the Barons (Corner Brook).
Mercer said that at the time, the loss was disappointing, given the team’s success at the tournament last spring.
However, he said, “silver is not too bad.”
This is especially true given this is the second year for the Ascension baseball team, and its second Top-2 finish.
Members of the team are Mathew Coombs, Andrew Parsons, Zack Noseworthy, Stuart Brazil, Jared Adams, Zack Coombs, Travis Drover, Mitchell Drover, William Rose, Tyson Drover, Zack Mercer, Bradley Riggs and Bradley Sparkes.