Sen­tinels ready for provin­cials

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate host­ing AAAA boys’ cham­pi­onships

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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.

Home cook­ing

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

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.

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