Ban­tam elim­i­na­tions be­gin play on Fri­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Four teams are vy­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Prince Ed­ward Is­land at the Cana­dian ban­tam base­ball cham­pi­onships in Vaughan, Ont., in Au­gust.

The first step is to win the Base­ball P.E.I. ban­tam AAA elim­i­na­tions this week­end at Le­gends Field in Summerside.

All four teams in the Base­ball P.E.I. Ban­tam AAA League are com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment, which starts Fri­day night.

“It’s a close league,” said Al­li­son Mac­don­ald, di­rec­tor of ban­tam com­pe­ti­tions at Base­ball P.E.I.

“These four teams are strong one through 12. It’s not a stretch to say that any one of these teams could win this tour­na­ment if they put it all to­gether this week­end.

“This should be some of the best base­ball be­ing played on P.E.I. this sum­mer.”

Char­lot­te­town is head­ing into the elim­i­na­tions with a 5-0 league record, fol­lowed by MidIsle (3-2), Summerside (2-3) and Cardi­gan (0-5).

Char­lot­te­town’s five wins in­clude three de­cided by two runs or fewer.

The Summerside Chevys rep­re­sented P.E.I. last year at the na­tion­als.

This year’s Cana­dian cham­pi­onships are set for Aug. 20 to 24.

The fol­low­ing is sched­ule for the pro­vin­cial elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment:

Fri­day - 2:30 p.m., Summerside vs. Cardi­gan; 5 p.m., MidIsle vs. Char­lot­te­town.

Satur­day -9 a.m., Summerside vs. Char­lot­te­town; 11:30 a.m., Mid-Isle vs. Cardi­gan; 2 p.m., Summerside vs. Mid-Isle; 5:30 p.m., Char­lot­te­town vs. Cardi­gan.

Sun­day - 11 a.m., cham­pi­onship game (if nec­es­sary).

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