But­lerville claims un­der-16 Moss tour­na­ment ti­tle

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA BALL HOCKEY nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

With a name like the Bombers, the teams from the But­lerville mi­nor soft­ball as­so­ci­a­tion had bet­ter be able to swing the bat.

If the results from the Cst. Wil­liam Moss Me­mo­rial Soft­ball Tour­na­ment are any in­di­ca­tion, they cer­tainly have no prob­lem do­ing just that.

The But­lerville un­der-16 male fast­pitch team made full use of their nick­name in push­ing 53 runs across the plate in just six games at the an­nual tour­na­ment held July 4-8 at var­i­ous fields in the Metro re­gion.

Those im­pres­sive run to­tals, cou­pled with ef­fec­tive pitch­ing and de­fence — they only al­lowed 13 runs all tour­na­ment — made sure the team had a note­wor­thy show­ing.

It helped the un­der-16 team cap­ture its sec­ond Moss tour­na­ment ti­tle in as many years af­ter a 1-0 de­feat of CBS in the fi­nal held at Li­ons Park in St. John’s.

“Ev­ery­thing came to­gether,” said coach Johnny Par­sons. “It was a team ef­fort.”

Mem­bers of the team are: Josh Mercer, Eu­gene Rose, Ja­cob Costello, Bren­don Mercer, Steven Keefe, Noah Par­sons, Jake Gill, Alex Wil­liams, Luke Strick­land, Adam Smith, Justin Snow, Blake Snow, Adam Smith, Wil­liam Sey­mour and Des­mond Snow.

Ge­off Sey­mour and Jimmy Par­sons joined par­sons on the bench.

In­stant classic

The cham­pi­onship game could be called a classic matchup be­tween two of the best teams in the prov­ince.

A pitcher’s duel to the fi­nal in- ning, there wasn’t much of­fense to be had for ei­ther team. But­lerville’s Josh Mercer opened the scor­ing in the first in­ning with an in­side-the-park home run, and that was all any team would get.

Both pitch­ers dug in their cleats and stymied the bats across the re­main­ing six in­nings. The clos­est any team came to scor­ing af­ter that was in the top of the sixth when CBS had the bases loaded with one out.

“That was a big in­ning for us,” said Par­sons. “When we got the sec­ond out, we gath­ered on the mound and I told them, ‘C’mon get this out and we’ll worry about the next in­ning, next in­ning.’ “It was pretty ex­cit­ing.” As it turns out, once the Bombers es­caped the jam in the sixth, the sev­enth fell into place and the team picked up the cov­eted ti­tle.

The tour­na­ment

The Bombers had a heck of a tour­na­ment lead­ing up to the cham­pi­onship game. The team went a per­fect 6-0, in­clud­ing play­offs and the fi­nal.

In the first round robin game, But­lerville downed CBC 7-2 and fol­lowed that up with a 17-2 drub­bing of Kelly’s Park.

That was fol­lowed by a 8-3 vic­tory over the Goulds. To fin­ish the round robin, the Bombers dou­bled Pla­cen­tia 10-5.

They squared off with the Goulds again in the semi­fi­nals. But­lerville blasted their op­po­nents 10-1 to punch their ticket to the fi­nals.

“We knew we’d get bet­ter every game,” said Par­sons.

The Cst. Wil­liam Moss Me­mo­rial tour­na­ment is a named af­ter the mem­ber of the RNC who lost his life dur­ing the Bagder ri­ots in 1959. It’s an im­por­tant tour­na­ment that Par­sons makes sure he has teams at­tend­ing every year.

He holds it in high re­gard say­ing its close to the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment in stature.

“It’s some­thing I like to take the boys into,” he said. “(The win) was for sure spe­cial. We didn’t ex­pect to win this.”


The But­lerville Bombers un­der-16 fast­pitch team cap­tured the gold medal at the Cst. Wil­liam Moss Me­mo­rial Soft­ball Tour­na­ment held July 4-8 at fields across the Metro re­gion.

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