As­cen­sion, Laval fal­ter in fe­male soft­ball ti­tle bids

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

A pair of fe­male soft­ball teams from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion re­cently had their provin­cial cham­pi­onship dreams dashed.

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros and the Laval High Cava­liers par­tic­i­pated in the AAAA fe­male soft­ball provin­cial tour­na­ment Oct. 17-18 at the Langdon Critch Memo­rial Field in Bay Roberts.

The tour­na­ment also fea­tured Bot­wood Col­le­giate, Stephenville High, St. Kevin’s High in the Goulds and Mount Pearl Se­nior High.

The Pla­cen­tia-based Cava­liers were con­sid­ered one of the favourites to win the whole thing after they cap­tured their re­gional tour­na­ment by de­feat­ing the Ron­calli Car­di­nals.

Laval fin­ished the high­est amongst the lo­cal en­tries. They fell in the semi­fi­nals to the even­tual tour­na­ment run­ner-ups Mount Pearl Se­nior High Huskies by a score of 5-1.

Prior to that, they met the Astros in the first of two quar­ter­fi­nal matchups on Oct. 18. The Cava­liers downed the home­town team 9-2 to ad­vance.

Both the Astros and Laval had a solid tour­na­ment.

Laval started the com­pe­ti­tion with a tilt against the Huskies that ended in a 10-10 tie.

The Cava­liers then squared off with Bot­wood Col­le­giate in the fi­nal round robin game. Laval lost 7-3. This meant a third-place fin­ish in the gold di­vi­sion for the team.

The Astros started the tour­na­ment on the wrong foot by drop­ping a 5-2 game to Stephenville High.

How­ever, the team bounced back with a 5-2 vic­tory over St. Kevin’s. This put the team in a three-way tie for first place in the blue di­vi­sion.

Each of As­cen­sion, St. Kevin’s and Stephenville had a win and a loss. Run dif­fer­en­tial meant St. Kevin’s fin­ished in first, the Astros in sec­ond and Stephenville third.

This set up the quar­ter-fi­nal clash with Laval, which As­cen­sion dropped.

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