Astros claim AAAA softball title in thriller
Ascension Collegiate defeats Queen Elizabeth 13-12
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 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.
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.