The quest for three

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate boys’ soft­ball look­ing to three-peat at provin­cials

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MER­CER nmercer@cb­n­com­

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.

The tour­ney

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mer­cer/The Com­pass

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.

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