Bulldogs fall short in baseball final
The Conception Bay North Bulldogs dropped a razor-thin 21 decision to the Gander Pilots in the bantam AA provincial championships held in Upper Island Cove, Aug. 10-12.
For the first three innings of play, both teams were locked in a scoreless game, until the Pilots picked up a run in its half of the inning to make the score 1-0. Nick Parsons ran into trouble on the mound, loading the base.
The Bulldogs tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Glavine crossed the plate after Nick Parsons beat out a throw to first for an infield single. Glavine, who had been on second base, broke for third on the pitch, and advanced to home on the throw to first base.
Parsons tried to advance to third during the confusion that followed, but was thrown out at third to end the threat.
Gander got that run back in the bottom of the inning after Bulldogs hurler Bradley Adams unleashed a wild pitch, allowing the runner to score from third.
The score would remain 2-1 until the final out in the seventh inning.
Brett Glover pitched the complete game for the Pilots. The Bulldogs had nothing for Glover, who scattered four hits over seven innings, while striking out 10 ‘dogs. He was also named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Bulldogs finished the round robin portion of the tournament in first place and going undefeated.
The home team met Paradise in the opening game of the tournament, besting the visitors 8-3.
Next up were the Pasadena Pirates. The Bulldogs defeated the west coast team by a score of 11-6.
In the first semifinal, CBN met the St. John’s Capitals.
The Bulldogs squeaked into the final with a 2-1 victory. They did it in exciting fashion with a walk-off bases loaded single by Nick Parsons.