Sentinels ready for provincials
Carbonear Collegiate hosting AAAA boys’ championships
Carbonear Collegiate is set to welcome the province.
The Sentinels are hosting the AAAA boys’ softball provincial championship on Oct. 18-20 at the Carbonear Recreation Complex.
Utilizing both fields at the complex, the tournament will feature teams from Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, Stephenville High, Laval High in Placentia, Holy Trinity High in Torbay, Queen Elizabeth High in Foxtrap, Gander Collegiate and Clarenville High.
Ascension Collegiate would have to be considered the favourites, having captured the two previous AAAA banners.
However, Sentinels coach David Kennedy said his squad has been getting better since going winless at the regional tournament.
“We went into the regional tournament as an exhibition. We knew win or lose, we were going to provincials, although it would’ve have been nice to win,” he said.
Since that tournament on Sat. 28 at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex in Bay Roberts, Carbonear has been constantly at the field preparing themselves for the provincial tournament.
“We’ll have another three weeks under our belt before provincials and we’ve made good improvements,” said Kennedy.
It is not hard to see the improvement, either. Players are swinging the bat with more confidence, fielding the ball cleaner and communicating better on the diamond.
“We’ve got a lot of practice in, and we’ve come along way since regionals,” said player Michael Dooley.
The Sentinels have a young team. The majority of the squad are in Level I and II, but features only a few graduating players.
Kennedy said this year has been about experience for those players as they move forward.
“It’s a building year,” he said.
The team will be going up against powerhouses like the Astros, as well as Clarenville, Laval and Queen Elizabeth.
“If we win a ball game or two, that’s not bad ether,” said Dooley.
Carbonear Collegiate are hoping for a good showing in front of their hometown fans. There always comes added pressure when a team is hosting a provincial tournament. It allows more fans to come out and support you, and at the same time, players feel the need to perform better for those fans.
However, Dooley said the team is looking forward to playing in front of family and friends.
“It’s always better when you get to play at home,” he said.
Carbonear Collegiate kicks off the tournament against Clarenville High at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.
Carbonear Collegiate’s Michael Dooley gets ready to hit during regional play in Bay Roberts on Sept. 28. Dooley and the rest of his teammates are preparing for the AAAA provincial championships Oct. 18-20.