A dream sea­son

U11 AA Mos­quito Kentville Wild­cats cap­ture At­lantic Cana­dian cham­pi­onship

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

A group of young base­ball play­ers from the Kentville area have a lot to be proud of af­ter reach­ing the pin­na­cle of play this sea­son.

The U11 AA Mos­quito Kentville Wild­cats base­ball team rep­re­sented the town by host­ing – and win­ning – provin­cials on Labour Day week­end and go­ing on to win the At­lantic Cana­dian cham­pi­onship for their age group.

The Mos­quito Wild­cats faced off against the Syd­ney Soon­ers in the fi­nal of the provin­cial tour­na­ment early last month, se­cur­ing the win and the cham­pi­onship by a score of 13 to 2. This earned the team the right to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at the At­lantic cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment in Monc­ton on Sept. 14-16.

Ev­ery prov­ince played against the oth­ers in the round-robin style tour­na­ment at At­lantics. The Wild­cats lost to New­found­land by a score of 5 to 2 in Kentville’s sec­ond game. How­ever, the Kentville team re­deemed it­self, fac­ing New­found­land again and de­feat­ing them by a score of 12 to 1. This ad­vanced the Wild­cats to the cham­pi­onship game against New Bruns­wick.

Kentville de­feated New Bruns­wick 4 to 3 to take home the At­lantic Cana­dian cham­pi­onship.

The man­agers and coaches are very proud of all 13 boys on the team. Many of them have been play­ing to­gether for sev­eral years al­ready and they’ve be­come a co­he­sive unit.

Coach Matt Pearl said it’s been a dream sea­son in ev­ery as­pect, one the play­ers should be very proud of. He said the coach­ing and man­age­ment this year has been some­thing he’ll never for­get and the sup­port pro­vided by the par­ents has been “noth­ing short of in­cred­i­ble.”

“Our mis­sion from the first time we got to­gether as a group was to be the hard­est work­ing team in the prov­ince,” Pearl said. “We knew as coaches that if we could im­press upon the play­ers the very best work ethic and cre­ate a team at­mos­phere we would have a suc­cess­ful sea­son just on that alone.”

He said the kids bought in, re­sult­ing in a fan­tas­tic sea­son. Their over­all record was 38 wins, 11 loses and one tie.

Team co-man­ager Greg White said the boys were “just ec­static” to win the At­lantic cham­pi­onship, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced some ups and downs mid-sea­son.

“Those boys rep­re­sented their town and their team just like first­class ath­letes,” he said. “It’s quite an achieve­ment.”

The team started the sea­son with a tour­na­ment in Fred­er­ic­ton in June. Some­what iron­i­cally, the first team they played was Fred­er­ic­ton, the same New Bruns­wick team they went on to de­feat in the fi­nal at At­lantics.

“From the minute the boys stepped on the field in Fred­er­ic­ton as a group, we kind of had the feel­ing that some­thing spe­cial was go­ing to hap­pen this year,” White said.

He said the new play­ers gelled well with the more es­tab­lished core and the At­lantic cham­pi­onship is the cul­mi­na­tion of quite a jour­ney for the young play­ers.

The team mem­bers and coaches were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion by Mayor San­dra Snow and Kentville’s town coun­cil Sept. 24.

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The U11 AA Mos­quito Kentville Wild­cats af­ter win­ning the At­lantic Cana­dian cham­pi­onship in Monc­ton.

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The U11 AA Mos­quito Kentville Wild­cats won the provin­cial cham­pi­onship on home turf, earn­ing the right to rep­re­sent the prov­ince at At­lantics.

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