Roy­als crowned champs

Nova Sco­tia uses big in­ning for win over P.E.I. in Craswell, MacLean, Step­ple ti­tle game

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The East Coast Roy­als scored seven runs on three hits in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning and downed the P.E.I. Canada Games team 11-7 in the cham­pi­onship game of the re­cent Tan­ner Craswell, Mitch MacLean, Tabitha Step­ple memo­rial base­ball tour­na­ment in Char­lot­te­town.

P.E.I. led the Nova Sco­tia team 7-4 go­ing into the in­ning.

Brett Hunt, in re­lief of starter Tier­nan MacDon­ald and Charly Le­mar­quand, earned the pitch­ing win while Jack Gal­lant col­lected the save.

Joe McKeg­ney led the Roy­als at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, in­clud­ing a whack­ing a triple, scor­ing twice and driv­ing in three runs.

Jack Volpe and Kyle Armswor­thy each picked up two hits.

Team P.E.I.’s Lo­gan MacDougall took the loss with re­lief from Noah Duck­worth and Dy­lan Cameron.

Chan­dler La­porte pro­vided P.E.I.’s big bat, go­ing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while catcher Colin Gaudette (1-3, walk) chipped in a run.

The Roy­als de­feated the P.E.I. Ju­niors 8-3 in the semi­fi­nal, keyed by a four-run fifth in­ning, which gave East Coast at 6-3 edge it never re­lin­quished.

Jack Gal­lant got the win, MacDon­ald the save. McKeg­ney pro­vided of­fence go­ing 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

For the Ju­niors, Porter Smith took the pitch­ing loss with re­lief from Brett Hicken.

Bran­don Watts (2-3)led the of­fence, while Cur­tis MacGre­gor and Ryne MacIsaac each went 2-for-4.

Rain forced an ad­justed sched­ule so only one semi­fi­nal game was played.

Team P.E.I. Canada Games ad­vanced to the fi­nal by fin­ish­ing first out of three teams in its round robin pool.

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