Bay Roberts girls’ soft­ball bring home pro­vin­cial ti­tle

Go undefeated in six games at Avon­dale tour­na­ment

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

Play­ers and coaches from the Bay Roberts un­der-12 Girls Squirt team had a good rea­son to cel­e­brate af­ter coming home from Avon­dale with a pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

A group of young fe­male soft­ball play­ers from Bay Roberts were dom­i­nant on the field ear­lier this month.

Hav­ing won every game played prior to the cham­pi­onship fi­nal on Sun­day, Aug. 20, the Bay Roberts un­der-12 Squirt team de­feated Con­cep­tion Bay Cen­tral 12-5. The win gave the girls a Soft­ball New­found­land and Labrador pro­vin­cial slo-pitch ti­tle.

“The girls were to­tally dom­i­nant in terms of pitch­ing, hit­ting, field­ing, and they ended up be­ing the team to beat and proved in the end that no one was go­ing to beat them,” said Chris Fo­ley, trea­surer of Bay Roberts Mi­nor Soft­ball.

It’s not a win we take for granted. It’s just great that it hap­pened.

— Chris Fo­ley

Play­ing in a seven-team tour­na­ment, Bay Roberts notched six wins in a con­vinc­ing fash­ion, outscor­ing op­po­nents 75-33. The big­gest chal­lenge among those six games came in the semis. Bay Roberts squeaked out a vic­tory in that game against Kelly Park Sports As­so­ci­a­tion of Logy Bay-Mid­dle Cove-Outer Cove 17-14.

The strong re­sults Aug. 18-20 came a week af­ter many of the same girls played in the un­der12 fast pitch provin­cials, which were also in Avon­dale. The team went 1-4 in that tour­na­ment, los­ing in the semi-fi­nal round to the Kelly Park Sports As­so­ci­a­tion 17-10.

“They were re­ally ma­ture for 12 years of age and un­be­liev­able, the way they han­dled the pres­sure, es­pe­cially from the pitch­ers we had,” said Fo­ley, whose 10-year-old daugh­ter Lau­ren also suited up for the team. “It was just a re­ally high­en­ergy week­end, and the girls didn’t let the pre­vi­ous week­end get them down. They just went out there and per­formed every game. Their par­ents were, of course, su­per proud of them. And, of course, Bay Roberts Mi­nor Soft­ball was su­per proud.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fo­ley, this could be the first pro­vin­cial ti­tle for a girls’ team from the Bay Roberts mi­nor pro­gram since the 1980s.

“It’s not a win we take for granted,” he said. “It’s just great that it hap­pened.”

Some play­ers from the un­der12 girls team were sched­uled to travel to Clarenville this past week­end for a mixed tour­na­ment. Two mite teams from Bay Roberts Mi­nor Soft­ball were also set to join other lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions in Car­bon­ear for what was billed as a “Fun­tas­tic” tour­na­ment. All play­ers in­volved would re­ceive medals at the event.

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Play­ers and coaches from the Bay Roberts un­der-12 Girls Squirt team that claimed a pro­vin­cial ti­tle in Avon­dale. Back row (l-r): coach San­dra Par­sons, Jenna Snow, Ju­lia Martin, Tianna Street, Al­lana Roach, Sky­lar Reg­u­lar, Lau­ren Fo­ley and coach Terry Walsh. Front row (l-r): Sa­van­nah Boutcher, Macey Par­sons, Alexis Par­sons, Rachel Mor­gan, Tyra White and Mor­gan Os­borne.

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Play­ers cel­e­brate fol­low­ing their big win in Avon­dale.

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