Trinity-Conception players have a ball
Go undefeated in nine games at Moncton tournament
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
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.
Nick Parsons was named tournament MVP at the Slo Pitch National Mens E championship.