Atlantic silver for Brazil, Smith
Spaniard’s Bay players pick up medal at midget AA Atlantic championships
For any athlete when you travel to another part of the country it is an added bonus to be competing at that time.
What makes it sweeter is when the athlete achieves a measureable level of success.
If you want proof of that, just ask Stewart Brazil and Chris Smith.
The two Spaniard’s Bay baseball players travelled to the Atlantic midget AA tournament in Napan, New Brunswick Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 with the St. John’s Capitals.
With the Caps, Brazil and Smith captured the silver medal at the event, losing to the representatives from Prince Edward Island 4-3.
Despite dropping the championship, which was the team’s only loss, both had nothing but glowing reviews about the tournament. “It was amazing,” said Smith. “It was unreal,” added Brazil. Both players were late additions to the Caps, but it did not prevent them from fitting in and contributing to the team.
Brazil had just returned from the Atlantic under-18 championships with Team NL, while Smith was fresh off competing in the provincial midget championships in Corner Brook.
“We bonded really quickly,” said Smith.
The 11 players quickly came together, and it played a part in their march to the championship game.
The Caps’ tournament started with a 4-3 victory over the host Napan squad. Next up was the representatives from Nova Scotia.
It was just another day at the office for Team NL as they picked up an 8-7 victory.
In the third game, the Caps defeated PEI 7-5.
St. John’s finished up the round robin portion of the tournament with a 9-2 victory over New Brunswick.
The silver medal was the only one captured by a Newfoundland team at Atlantic tournaments this summer.
“I think it was the best tournament I’ve ever played,” said Brazil.
At the tournament, Smith played mostly in left field. That was until the championship game when he was thrust into right field.
“I told the coach, ‘I’ve played all tournament in left and now you want me to go out there,’” Smith chuckled.
At the plate, Smith said he “was seeing the ball as well” as he had ever seen it.
Brazil took up position at either third base or shortstop for the Caps. He had similar success at the plate as Smith.
“It was as big as a beach ball,” said Brazil.
A captive audience
The boys did not feel any nerves ahead of tournament play.
“I was more nervous about meeting the team,” said Smith.
Multiple games of the tournament were streamed over the Internet. This meant the boys were playing in front of a larger audience, which included friends and family at home.
Neither player had any complaints about the tournament. It was not until after the tournament when they did.
“My arm was shot after the championship,” said Smith.
“We didn’t even get in pool,” added Brazil.
Spaniard’s Bay’s Chris Smith (left) and Stewart Brazil recently picked up a silver medal at the Midget AA Atlantic championships with the St. John’s Capitals on Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Napan, New Brunswick.