New­found­land wins na­tional fast­pitch ti­tle

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SALTWIRE NET­WORK

The Gal­way Hit­men reclaimed the Cana­dian se­nior men’s fast­pitch ti­tle last week in con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

The New­found­land team de­feated B.C.’s Sooke Log­gers 8-0 in the gold-medal game on Sun­day to win its sixth na­tional ti­tle in seven years.

Ryan Boland of the Hit­men belted a grand slam in the fifth in­ning to bring the seven-run mercy rule into ef­fect and end the game. Boland was named play­off MVP.

The Hit­men were dom­i­nant at the tour­na­ment, post­ing a per­fect 9-0 record and outscor­ing the op­po­si­tion by a jaw-drop­ping 68-2 mar­gin. The Log­gers fin­ished 7-3 with all three of their losses — one in the round robin and two in the play­offs — com­ing at the hands of the Hit­men.

The teams en­gaged two bench clear­ing in­ci­dents dur­ing their sec­ond meet­ing.

The defending champion East Hants Mastodons, who de­feated the Hit­men in the 2017 gold-medal game, went 4-2 in the round robin, be­fore los­ing back-to-back play­off games on Satur­day — 2-0 to Sooke and 3-2 to the Saska­toon An­gels.

Mastodons pitcher Justin Schofield was named round-robin MVP.

The Elmira Ex­pos from On­tario won bronze.

Mean­while, at the Cana­dian mas­ters tour­na­ment, which was also played in St. Croix, the Saska­toon 222’s edged the On­tario’s Welling­ton Sox 2-0 in the fi­nal to claim gold. The Sydney Car­di­nals won bronze.

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