Bulldogs claim Tavenor title
Mosquitos capture crown for first time
The Conception Bay North Bulldogs mosquito AA baseball team kicked off its 2012 season in a big way, capturing the Mary Tavenor Baseball Invitational tournament held at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook, July 6-8.
The Bulldogs had a big tournament, becoming the first mosquito team from CBN to bring home the title and just the second team from the association to get a championship in any division.
“I’ll be the first to admit we played a lot stronger than I would have expected at this point in the season,” said head coach Scott Adams.
The tournament kicked off on the afternoon of the 6th when the Bulldogs met the Corner Brook AAA Barons at little Jubilee Field.
The CBN club took it to the home team, thumping the Barons 14-4 on the back of superb pitching performances by starter Alex Clarke and reliever Riley Meadus.
“I’ll remember seeing Jenna Lee Ralph catch a fly ball in centre field to end any signs of a rally,” said Scott.
Next up for the Bulldogs were the Barons’ A squad the following morning.
Led by Josh Adams and his three innings of work on the mound, the team cruised to a 10-5 victory.
“He had just found a groove and struck out the entire side with his fastball,” said Scott.
Ryan Jones, the youngest player on the team, also contributed to the victory, following up Josh’s three solid innings with three of his own to shut down any hope the Barons had of a comeback. Next up was Pasadena AA. The Bulldogs put a beating on the Pirates, shutting them out 12-0.
Lucas Bishop supplied most of the offense for the team with a three-run homerun to dead centre field over the big fence that stands as a part of the senior field.
“Watching all the players jump and scream as Lucas rounded the bases was a very special moment,” said Scott.
The Bulldogs turned a rare triple play in the same game.
Nicholas Mercer dove to his right, snagging a ball down the third base line in the process. Leaping to his feet, Nicholas stepped on third to get the out No. 2 and then fired a frozen rope to first base, completing the triple play. “It was just an amazing play,” said Scott. In the championship game, the Bulldogs once again met the team from Pasadena.
The score was different, but the result was the same as CBN beat the Pirates, 7-1.
Highlights from the game included a “perfect” bunt play by Kolby Reid to help push the Bulldogs closer to the championship banner.
Lucas Adams would throw an economical nine-pitch fourth inning to quell any hopes of a comeback. Lucas would also go a perfect 12 for 12 at the plate in the tournament. Exceeding expectations Scott said he knew he had a very solid group on his hands heading to Corner Brook, but the results over the weekend “exceeded expectations.”
The Bulldogs returned four players who played on the mosquito AA team.
Adding to that core were six players from the provincial champion mosquito A team, as well as two first time all star players.
“Our goal at the all star level is to compete and win, and this team has the ability to do well in 2012, if they continue to play like they did in Corner Brook,” said Scott. “Without question, our goals in 2012 have changed in light of our performance in Corner Brook.”
The mosquito team was not the only representative of the Bulldogs in Corner Brook at the Mary Tavenor.
The bantam and peewee AA teams were also in action.
The peewee team went winless in four tries, against Corner Brook AAA, Mount Pearl AAA and the provincial girls’ bantam team, losing only one of those by more than a single run. Mitchell Hunt was named the team’s most spirited player.
In the bantam division, the Bulldogs went undefeated in the round robin portion of the event with wins over the Pasadena AA and Corner Brook AAA teams but lost to St. John’s in the crossover game.
CBN also had five girls on the provincial girls’ bantam team which took home the silver medal in the peewee division.
“I’d like to think our association is off to a great start in 2012,” said Scott.
CBN Bulldogs bantam centre fielder Noah Wilson strokes a double against the Corner Brook Barons. The bulldogs went on to win the game, 9-4.
The CBN Bulldogs mosquito AA team captured the Mary Tavenor Memorial Baseball Invitational held in Corner Brook, July 6-8, outscoring its opponents 43-10. Members of the tournament winners are: Front (l-r) — Lucas Bishop, Josh Adams, Lucas Adams, Jenna Lee Ralph and Ryan Jones; middle — Kolby Reid, Nicholas Donovan, Reilly Meadus, Logan Hussey, Nicholas Mercer and Alex Clarke; back — coaches Keith Reid, Scott Adams and Darren Mercer. Missing from photo is Corey Parsons.