Pee­wee Bearcats strike sil­ver at provin­cials

Truro Daily News - - Sports -

The Truro Stu­art Kia Bearcats U13 pee­wee AAA base­ball team cap­tured sil­ver at the re­cent pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in Dart­mouth.

The Bearcats went un­de­feated in pre­lim­i­nary ac­tion and de­feated Hantsport 6-2 in a semi­fi­nal game be­fore a 4-2 loss to Hal­i­fax in the fi­nal.

Truro’s pitch­ing staff gave up 21 runs in five tour­na­ment games, no small feat in pee­wee base­ball. The staff was led by Ai­den McBurnie and Cam­den Weather­bee, who were out­stand­ing all week­end.

De­fen­sively, the Bearcats had high­light reel plays from Spencer Dowe, in the out­field, and Si­mon Mullen, while lead­er­ship was pro­vides by Carter Sharp and Seth Macpher­son be­hind the plate.

Of­fen­sively, Truro had a very bal­anced at­tack with var­i­ous play­ers con­tribut­ing through­out the tour­na­ment.

In the gold-medal game, the Bearcats ran in to a hot pitcher – Rory Mac­don­ald of Hal­i­fax – in the fi­nal. Trail­ing 4-0, Truro bat­tled back to within two runs and fin­ished the game with the ty­ing run at the plate and Mac­don­ald hav­ing maxed out his pitch count. The Bearcats had five hits in the game, in­clud­ing an RBI sin­gle by Weather­bee.

The Bearcats opened the tour­na­ment with an 8-1 vic­tory over Hantsport. Truro scored seven runs in the third in­ning to put the con­test out of reach early. Alex Field sin­gled, dou­bled and drove in a run, while Sharp had two sin­gles and two RBI and Mullen went 1-for-2 with a walk, dou­ble and two RBI.

In a 16-9 win over Ham­monds Plains, Carter Hig­gins knocked out three sin­gles and drove in three runs, while Mullen went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Sharp was the win­ning pitcher, pick­ing up three strike­outs over four in­nings.

The Bearcats then de­feated Dart­mouth 7- 5, scor­ing four times in the sixth in­ning on their way to vic­tory.

Kae­lan Bakker had a pair of sin­gles and knocked in a run and Eli James went 2-for-3. James was the win­ning pitcher and Dowe earned the save.

In a semi­fi­nal, the Bearcats ral­lied with three runs in each of the fifth and sixth in­nings in a 6-2 tri­umph over Hantsport. James belted a solo homer and Mcburnie earned the win on the mound, strik­ing out eight over five in­nings. Weather­bee got the save.

Bearcat play­ers of the game for the week­end were Field, Mullen, James, Weather­bee and Bakker.

Truro and Hal­i­fax will com­pete at the At­lantic cham­pi­onship Sept. 13 to 16 in Sum­mer­side. The tour­na­ment will fea­ture he top two teams from each of the four At­lantic provinces.

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