Bull­dogs claim Tavenor ti­tle

Mos­qui­tos cap­ture crown for first time

The Compass - - OPINION - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.”

Other di­vi­sions

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

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