Ravens take flight

Is­land boys win gold at the East Coast Games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Re/Max Ravens rolled off three straight wins to claim the East Coast Games men’s soft­ball ti­tle Sun­day in Saint John, N.B.

The un­der-21 Ravens had dropped their first two games be­fore vic­to­ries over the Brook­field Elks and Tay­mouth Tigers un­der-18 squads and the Fred­er­ic­ton Twins un­der-21 team.

“In our first two games the boys were mak­ing ad­just­ments de­fen­sively, as the ma­jor­ity of the team was com­ing from a base­ball back­ground,” said coach Mark Quinn. “We have a very tal­ented group of ath­letes who have been get­ting bet­ter at at­tack­ing the ball on de­fence. With smaller field di­men­sions on a soft­ball diamond play­ers have less time to re­act to make plays and get run­ners out then they do in base­ball.”

The Ravens de­feated the Twins 6-4 in the fi­nal.

Stephen O’Shea, who was named the tour­na­ment’s MVP, was 3-for-4, in­clud­ing a tow­er­ing fourth-in­ning home­run, in the cham­pi­onship game.

Parker Ron­a­han and Darcy Af­fleck were both 2-for-4 while Matt Lange, Johnny Arse­nault, Shawn Kemp and Alex MacBain all sin­gled.

Johnny Arse­nault scat­tered four hits and struck out five in four in­nings of re­lief for the win.

Quinn said he was pleased with the pro­gres­sion dur­ing the week­end.

“De­fen­sively they made a num­ber a fan­tas­tic plays, in­clud­ing a game end­ing 6-4-3 dou­ble play,” he said.

All 13 play­ers col­lected hits dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

“As a coach­ing staff we knew that one of the ma­jor chal­lenges for our play­ers was rec­og­niz­ing dif­fer­ent pitches from fast­pitch soft­ball, es­pe­cially the rise ball,” Quinn said.

Quinn and as­sis­tant coach Mike Bishop have been throw­ing bat­ting prac­tice to give play­ers a look at both a righty and a lefty, plus they have faced se­nior pitch­ers from the Char­lot­te­town Fawcetts and the O’Leary Ea­gles.

The Ravens play the Fawcetts Thurs­day and July 7 in Char­lot­te­town.


The Re/Max Ravens were the king of the di­a­monds at the East Coast Games in Saint John, N.B. Front row, from left, are Matt Lange, Stephen O’Shea, Zach Geldert, Parker Ron­a­han, Johnny Arse­nault, Alex MacBain, Ty Ma­cAdam and De­van Arse­nault. Sec­ond row, coach Mark Quinn, coach Mike Bishop, Alex Gallant, Brett Birt, Darcy Af­fleck, Shawn Kemp, Ri­ley Arse­nault and coach Glen Kin­ney.

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