Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion play­ers have a ball

Go un­de­feated in nine games at Monc­ton tour­na­ment

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A group of soft­ball play­ers who usu­ally suit up for games in the Bay Roberts league de­cided to come to­gether and en­ter a team in a na­tional slo-pitch tour­na­ment in New Brunswick. The de­ci­sion to fly to Monc­ton paid off, as the team re­turned home champions.

A team of soft­ball play­ers from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion area came and con­quered at a re­cent na­tional tour­na­ment in New Brunswick.

The Chalet Pi­rates men’s team, fea­tur­ing play­ers from Up­per Is­land Cove, Bay Roberts, Shearstown, Bryant’s Cove and White­way went un­de­feated at the Slo Pitch Na­tional Mens E cham­pi­onship.

“It was a bit over­whelm­ing,” team mem­ber Brian Gree­ley told The Com­pass. “We’re still on a high I guess.”

The Chalet squad reg­u­larly com­petes in the lo­cal Bay Roberts soft­ball league with a team con­sist­ing en­tirely of play­ers from Up­per Is­land Cove. For this tour­na­ment, they picked up a few play­ers from other ar­eas. Gree­ley took part in the tour­na­ment last year with a dif­fer­ent team. This was the first year he went with his own group.

“We thought we had put to­gether a pretty good team,” Gree­ley said. “We had seven or eight of our core guys from our league team, and we also picked up some other play­ers within the league that were pretty good play­ers, so we def­i­nitely thought we were going to be com­pet­i­tive up there.”

How­ever, he didn’t an­tic­i­pate the team would finish with a 9-0 win-loss record. It was a dom­i­nant show­ing for the club in a field of 45 teams from Al­berta, Que­bec and At­lantic Canada. Com­bined, the Chalet team scored 46 more runs than it gave up to op­po­nents. The club came from be­hind in the de­cid­ing sev­enth inning in four of nine games.

“It was a big tour­na­ment, I must say. Good ball,” said Gree­ley.

Fac­ing a team from Monc­ton in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal, Chalet was down 8-7 head­ing into the top of the sev­enth inning. They went on to score nine runs, pro­pel­ling the team to a 16-8 win.

“Some peo­ple bat­ted twice in the inning. A lot of clutch hit­ting,” said Gree­ley, adding team de­fence was im­por­tant through­out the tour­na­ment as well.

“It was weird re­ally. Even when we’re los­ing, I knew we were going to win,” added Robert Mercer, an­other player on the team.

Nick Parsons, who caught the fi­nal out to seal the cham­pi­onship vic­tory, was named tour­na­ment MVP. Gree­ley said fan sup­port was tremen­dous through­out ev­ery game. He reck­ons the crowd that came out for the cham­pi­onship was the largest he’s played in front of for a slo-pitch game.

The team shared a cot­tage 30 min­utes from where the tour­na­ment took place.

“We had a lit­tle va­ca­tion of it and just en­joyed ev­ery­thing while we were up there for five or six days,” said Gree­ley.

We thought we had put to­gether a pretty good team.

— Brian Gree­ley

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Mem­bers of the Chalet Pi­rates soft­ball team. Top row (l-r): John Fitzger­ald, Bradley Pen­ney, Bradley Sparkes, Robert Mercer, Mor­gan Har­num, Stephen Mercer, Ryan Crane, Bran­don Mercer; (bottom) Nick Parsons, Jor­dan Thomp­son, Brian Gree­ley, Tyler Thomp­son and Justin Coombs.

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Nick Parsons was named tour­na­ment MVP at the Slo Pitch Na­tional Mens E cham­pi­onship.

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