Placentia under-14 softball team provincial champs
Placentia under-14 take provincial fastpitch crown
It might have taken the Placentia under-14 softball team a couple of cracks to claim the provincial title, but they got over the hump this summer. The team rolled through the under-14 provincial tournament en route to the coveted title. They now qualify for the Eastern Canadian Championships.
The Placentia under-14 softball team had been in the provincial championship before.
The previous two summers, they’d challenged for the right to call themselves champions but faltered in the crucial game.
This summer was different, however. They rolled through the tournament held July 8-10 at the Carbonear Recreation Complex and headed into the championship with a perfect 5-0 record.
Then they were faced with the daunting task of knocking off the home Carbonear squad at the Carbonear Recreation Complex on July 10. Placentia finally got over the hump with an 11-4 victory.
“The tournament went really well,” said coach Francis Webber.
As the final out was called, the coach said his players were “ecstatic with the victory.” For many, it meant a sliver of redemption for the past two prov- incial tournaments, which ended in defeat.
With each game, the Placentia players gained more and more confidence in their abilities. That coupled with a strong showing at the Cst. William Moss Memorial Softball Tournament, the athletes must’ve been pretty good heading into provincials.
“As a coach, you’re just happy for the kids,” said Webber.
Members of the team are: Christopher Clarke, Douglas Duke, Owen Edison, Arron Hussey, Brady Judge, Blake O’Keefe, Brady Power, Mason van Puymbrocek, Luke Wadman, John Webber, Jacob Whittle and Bradyn Williams.
Placentia had a heck of a run to the finals. They finished the round robin portion of the tour- nament with a perfect 4-0 record.
They opened the tournament with a 14-1 victory over Butlerville, which was followed by an 18-6 drubbing of Southern Shore.
Day 2 opened with an 11-6 win over Clarenville. A narrow 4-3 victory over the Goulds came after that.
In the semis, Placentia shut out Conception Bay South 7-0 before winning the final over Carbonear.
“There were always improvements by players,” said Webber of how his charges progressed through the tournament. “How you improve is by playing games.”
Pitching a key
In the fastpitch softball world, having a stable of strong, consistent pitchers can be a key to a strong tournament run.
If they can get on a roll, teams find themselves in a favourable position going forward. That’s a thing the Placentia team had in spades. Being able to run out a strong arm every game gives the rest of the team confidence in the field and at the plate.
“We had some really good pitchers,” said Webber. “It was one of our strengths.”
Pitching aside, Placentia were just as good at the plate and in the field. They scored 65 runs, while allowing just 20 opposing players to cross home plate. That’s a pretty good ratio for any team.
“It was 100 per cent a team effort,” said Webber. “We’ve got strong players. Everyone played their role.”
With their victory, the Placentia squad earned themselves the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the upcoming Under-14 Eastern Canadian Softball Championships being held in Bellechasse, Quebec Aug. 15-28.
Meanwhile, the Carbonear team that Placentia faced in the finals is also being given that same opportunity.
As a coach, you’re just happy for the kids. Francis Webber
The Placentia under-14 softball team are provincial champions after defeating Carbonear 11-4 in the finals of the provincial championships held at the Carbonear Recreation Complex July 8-10. Members of the team are: front (l-r) — Luke Wadman, Bradyn Williams, Blake O’Keefe, Mason van Puymbroeck and Arron Hussey; back — Christopher Clarke, Brady Judge, Douglas Duke, Owen Edison, Jacob Whittle, John Webber, Brady Power and coach Francis Webber.