Astros claim AAAA soft­ball ti­tle in thriller

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate de­feats Queen El­iz­a­beth 13-12

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

It was the throw player’s wait their en­tire soft­ball lives for.

With the game on the line and the ty­ing run round­ing third base, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate out­fielder Colin Pot­tle cor­ralled a line drive with one goal in mind — throw the run­ner out at the plate.

The Bay Roberts-based Astros were com­pet­ing in the fi­nals of the AAAA male soft­ball cham­pi­onship against ri­vals Queen El­iz­a­beth Pi­o­neers of Fox­trap at the Langdon Critch Memo­rial Field in Bay Roberts on Oct. 4.

Cling­ing to a one-run lead hav­ing given up six al­ready in the top of the sev­enth in­ning Pot­tle came up with the ball, un­coil­ing his six foot two inch frame and ri­fling the ball to­wards home plate.

“It was the hard­est ball I’ve ever thrown,” Pot­tle said after.

In any soft­ball play, there is a thrower and a catcher. In this in­stance, Astros catcher Jeremy Snow was wait­ing for the well-thrown ball.

A run­ner bar­rel­ing down on him, Snow knew he had to catch the ball as it tailed away from the plate.

“I didn’t know how I was go­ing to catch it, so I just lay down and hoped it went in the glove,” he said.

Stretch­ing the length of him­self, Snow watched as the ball bounced into his glove just be­fore the Queen El­iz­a­beth run­ner crossed the scor­ing line.

“I waited for the um­pire to call him out and then I ex­ploded (with emo­tion),” he said.

The do-or-die throw from Pot­tle and the against-all-odds catch from Snow gave the Astros the 13-12 vic­tory and the school’s third AAAA ti­tle in the last four years.

Mem­bers of the team are: Colin Pot­tle, Jeremy Snow, Ni­cholas Par­sons, Josh Par­sons, Bradley Adams, Brady Ryan, Jor­dan Coombs, Jeremy Penney, Lu­cas Reid, Colin Par­sons, Noah Dono­van, Darcy O’Reilly, Josh Crane

and Justin Hussey.

A sim­i­lar feel­ing

For coach Trevor Dixon, the fi­nals re­match with Queen El­iz­a­beth had sim­i­lar end­ings. Both games ended in im­prob­a­ble fash­ion. “It was sim­i­lar to last year for sure,” he said. In the 2013 fi­nal, the Pi­o­neers fin­ished the game with a dra­matic homerun in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

I didn’t know how I was go­ing to catch it, so I just lay down and hoped it went in the glove.

— Jeremy Snow

“It’s a nice feel­ing to beat them this time,” said Dixon.

The tour­na­ment

The Astros started the tour­na­ment with a lop­sided 14-4 vic­tory over Stephenville High. That was fol­lowed by a 8-8 tie with Gan­der Col­le­giate.

Next up was Holy Trin­ity High of Tor­bay. The Astros de­feated the Tigers 18-13 to clinch first in the tour­na­ment.

Clarenville was wait­ing for them in the semi­fi­nals. As­cen­sion came back twice in the game and fi­nally took the vic­tory by a score of 12-10.

The fi­nal against Queen El­iz­a­beth will go down as a clas­sic. It fea­tured lead changes, mo­men­tum swings, big de­fen­sive plays and clutch hit­ting.

The Astros got con­tri­bu­tions up and down the or­der, with fresh­man Lu­cas Reid spark­ing the key five-run sixth in­ning that pushed the lead to seven with a two-run dou­ble.

“It was a team ef­fort,” said Dixon.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros cap­tured its third AAAA male soft­ball provin­cial ti­tle in four years after a thrilling 13-12 de­feat of the Queen El­iz­a­beth Pi­o­neers at the Langdon Critch Memo­rial Field in Bay Roberts on Oct. 4. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — Justin Coombs, Noah Dono­van, Jeremy Penney and Brady Ryan; back — coach Trevor Dixon, Jeremy Snow, Darcy O’Reilly, Bradley Adams, Colin Pot­tle, Ni­cholas Par­sons, Josh Par­sons, Justin Hussey, Colin Par­sons, Josh Crane, Lu­cas Reid and coach Dave Butt.

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