Mariners bring home the gold

Marys­town Un­der 12 soft­ball team cap­tures provin­cial cham­pi­onship

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L. colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

The Marys­town Mariners un­der 12 soft­ball team went un­beaten in six games to bring home the Soft­ball NL Provin­cial ti­tle fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment held in Car­bon­ear the week­end of July 13-15.

The team, who were rep­re­sent­ing the town for the first time in 15 years at the tour­na­ment, had a record of 5-0 go­ing into the cham­pi­onship game against the Burin Ea­gles, who were also rep­re­sent­ing their home­town at the tour­na­ment for the first time in al­most two decades.

Dale Foote, one of the coaches for the Marys­town team, said both teams played a high cal­iber of ball dur­ing the fi­nal matchup.

“I thought the play­ers played phe­nom­e­nal,” said Foote “We didn’t know what to ex­pect go­ing in there, we’ve only been play­ing lo­cally be­tween us and Burin so far this year af­ter our team was picked.”

Foote added that 19 teams from across the prov­ince took part in the three-day tour­na­ment, “…so we re­ally didn’t have an idea what to ex­pect go­ing in, but our team ended up go­ing in there — fin­ish­ing (with a record of) 6-0, win­ning the cham­pi­onship, so ob­vi­ously we we’re ec­static about their per­for­mance.”

Foote said all to­gether it was a well-or­ga­nized tour­na­ment, with skilled play­ers on all teams tak­ing part, “but at the end of the day our kids pulled it all to­gether from begin­ning to end and played some awe­some soft­ball.”

The team played the Burin Ea­gles in the cham­pi­onship game held on Sun­day, July 15 de­feat­ing them by a score of 17-10 to take home the ti­tle.

Player Lyam Han­ra­han said it was an ex­cit­ing mo­ment when they won their fi­nal game of the week­end.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “See­ing how it is the first time the tro­phy has left the Avalon (Penin­sula) in 25 years, and for Marys­town to be back in the tour­na­ment for the first time in 15 years, it feels good to win.”

He added that go­ing into the cham­pi­onship game against Burin they used the knowl­edge they had gath­ered on the team from past games held lead­ing up to the tour­na­ment.

“I felt pretty good see­ing how (we) knew what our com­pe­ti­tion would be like,” he said.

He added that given that many of the play­ers on both teams were friends they were root­ing for each other, “see­ing your friend and not be­ing up­set if you lose be­cause you know it is your friends (that) you played.”

Lan­don Foote added that it was an ad­van­tage to the team tak­ing on Burin for the ti­tle, “be­cause you knew where to place the ball to.”

The three play­ers The South­ern Gazette spoke with said there were plenty of big plays in the fi­nal game. Ni­cholas Mur­ray re­called one such play that came in the fourth.

“One of the big mo­ments was when (Burin) had one out and we had a dou­ble play to end the in­ning cause if they had of scored an­other run they would have took the lead,” he re­called.

Cel­e­bra­tion

The team re­turned home to a mo­tor­cade on Sun­day fol­low­ing the win. The play­ers agreed it was a fun way to have their ac­com­plish­ment rec­og­nized.

“I liked it,” said Lyam Han­ra­han, “es­pe­cially where we got to have a party at Ni­cholas’s house at the end.”

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Marys­town Mariners U12 Soft­ball team were proud to be the first team in 15 years to rep­re­sent the town at the Un­der 12 provin­cial soft­ball NL Provin­cial Tour­na­ment held in Car­bon­ear, July 13-15. Pic­tured, front, Liam Han­ra­han, Lan­don...

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