Butlerville claims under-16 Moss tournament title
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.
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 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.