Ravens see con­tin­ued im­prove­ment

Is­land team fin­ishes in sec­ond place at Brook­field, N.S., tour­na­ment

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Re/Max Ravens went 2-1 Satur­day at an un­der-21 soft­ball tour­na­ment in Brook­field, N.S., but their semi­fi­nal Sun­day was rained out.

The Ravens were awarded sec­ond place based on Satur­day’s re­sults.

Head coach Mark Quinn was very pleased with his team’s ef­fort dur­ing their sec­ond tour­na­ment of the sum­mer.

“Boys con­tinue to im­press with the bat and have been mak­ing some out­stand­ing de­fen­sive plays on the field,” he said.

Quinn said the Ravens pitch­ers are work­ing hard de­vel­op­ing their skills dur­ing their first sum­mer of soft­ball pitch­ing.

“Their pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence has been with high school soft­ball and the level of ball that they are cur­rently play­ing is much more com­pet­i­tive with four of the five teams they faced this week­end at­tend­ing Cana­dian cham­pi­onships,” he said. “With con­tin­ued ef­fort and more game ex­pe­ri­ence our pitch­ers will only get bet­ter.”

The Ravens de­feated the Tay­mouth Tigers from New Brunswick 10-6.

Matt Lange and Stephen O’Shea each had two hits, in­clud­ing a home run, for the Ravens.

Avery Arse­nault, Alex MacBain, Shawn Kemp, Ty Ma­cAdam, Alex Gallant and Brett Birt all had sin­gles.

Kemp pitched four in­nings for the vic­tory, while Ri­ley Arse­nault threw three in­nings of re­lief.

The Ravens bats stayed hot in Game 2 against the Stewiacke River Rats from Nova Sco­tia, col­lect­ing 15 hits in a 13-8 vic­tory.

Lange was 2-for-4 with a cru­cial three-run home run in the fifth in­ning to lead the way. Darcy Af­fleck and De­van Arse­nault were both 4-for-5.

Avery Arse­nault and Zach Geldert each had two hits. Lo­gan Gallant, O’Shea, Alex Gallant and Birt all sin­gled.

Ri­ley Arse­nault earned the win with re­lief from Kemp and Lo­gan Gallant.

The Ravens lost their fi­nal game of the day 9-3 to the un­de­feated Brook­field Elks from Nova Sco­tia.

Af­ter scor­ing two runs in the first in­ning off of hits from Avery Arse­nault, Af­fleck and Lo­gan Gallant, the Ravens bats went silent, col­lect­ing just a sin­gle run dur­ing the next six in­nings.

Avery Arse­nault was 2-for-4 to lead the way while Af­fleck, Lo­gan Gallant and De­van Arse­nault each went 1-for-3.

Lo­gan Gallant went the dis­tance and was tagged with the loss.

The Ravens will play the Char­lot­te­town Fawcetts and O’Leary Ea­gles dur­ing the next two weeks, lead­ing up to their own tour­na­ment in Cardi­gan on Aug. 1 and 2.

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