The quest for three
Ascension Collegiate boys’ softball looking to three-peat at provincials
Things were going slowly for the Ascension Collegiate boys’ softball team in the regional championship on Sept. 29 at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex in Bay Roberts.
Playing Laval High of Placentia, the Astros were having trouble scoring runs. The game was tied 5-5 heading into the pivotal inning.
Prior to the start of the fifth inning, the team had threatened to score in every inning, having left eight runners on base.
However, the big hit was not coming. That was until infielder Stewart Brazil roped a base hit to break the seal.
“I think it was the turning point of the championship game,” said coach Trevor Dixon.
From there, it was academic for the Astros. The team finished off the challengers in seven innings to claim the boys’ AAA regional banner.
The win also secured the team’s spot in the AAA provincial championship tournament being held at the Carbonear Recreation Complex on Oct. 18-20 and hosted by Carbonear Collegiate.
Ahead of the provincial tournament, the coach said the focus will be on improving their skills in order to compete with the best.
“Heading into provincials, we will continue to work on our hitting,” said Dixon.
The players agree with the coaches assessment.
“We need situational hitting. We need to be able to drive runners in, that’s the main thing,” said shortstop Stewart Brazil.
In the regional tournament, the Astros were perfect.
The team kicked off the tournament by beating rivals Carbonear Collegiate 17-7. They followed that up with 22-7 thumping of Laval.
Next up was last year’s regional tournament winners Roncalli Central High of Avondale. The Astros narrowly defeated the Cardinals by a score of 9-6 to punch their ticket to the championship game.
Quest for three
With the victory, the Astros will be gunning for a third straight provincial softball banner.
“I think the thought of three straight banners has always been in the back of my mind, but it’s not something we’ve focused on as a group,” said Dixon.
There is a certain pressure that comes with trying to pull out a three-peat.
However, it is something the players are welcoming.
“I like the pressure, it gets us pumped up to play,” said second baseman Brandon Moriarity.
This tournament will mark the second year the tourney has been held in the Conception Bay North region. Last year, it was held in Bay Roberts.
Last year gave the players the opportunity to play in front of family and friends, and Dixon is hoping for the same thing this year.
“A lot of students are talking about this team, and I’m hoping they come down to support the boys,” said Dixon.
The Ascension Collegiate Astros boys’ softball team captured the AAAA regional banner after defeating Laval High of Placentia 9-5 at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex on Sept. 29. With the victory, the Astros will be looking for their third straight provincial title when they go to Carbonear for the AAAA provincial championships on Oct. 18-20. Members of the team are: (front (l-r) — Bradley Adams, Stewart Brazil, Bradley Riggs, Stephen Mercer, Brandon Moriarity and Cody Walsh; back — coach Trevor Dixon, Nicholas Parsons, Zack Parsons, Zack Coombs, Johnny Butler, Colin Pottle, Brady Barrett, Michael Critch, Brandon Sparkes and coach David Butt.