Burin Ea­gles cel­e­brate sil­ver medal

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BURIN, N.L

There was a sense of the un­known as the Burin Ea­gles U12 team headed to Car­bon­ear July 13-15 provin­cial soft­ball cham­pi­onship.

Head Coach Danny Lough­lin ex­plained it had been about 17 years since a team from the town had taken part in the Un­der 12 provin­cial event.

“We went with no ex­pec­ta­tions,” said Lough­lin. “We knew there were 19 teams in­volved so we didn’t know what to ex­pect. We just went with an open mind, hop­ing to have a fun week­end and if we (won) a game or two then that would be great…”

Af­ter the first day of play the team had a record of 4-0.

That put them in a semi­fi­nal game against But­lerville.

“We got the win there to move on to the cham­pi­onship against Marys­town.”

Lough­lin said the cham­pi­onship match was a close game.

“We were tied up un­til the bot­tom of the fifth, and then Marys­town moved ahead and there was no turn­ing back af­ter that. But it was a close one; it was a good game.”

He added the play­ers were ex­cited to be play­ing an­other team from the Burin Penin­sula in the fi­nal.

“Some of these kids go to school to­gether, they play hockey to­gether, and they’re bud­dies, so it was nice to see . . . Burin/Marys­town friendly ri­valry, which al­ways makes it ex­cit­ing…”

Team mem­ber Lo­gan His­cock said for him is was about more than just the game.

“The whole week­end was a lot of fun be­cause I got to play a game that I love with all my close bud­dies and then hang out with most of them at the ho­tel.”

He added one of the high­lights of the tour­na­ment came in the fi­nal in­ning of the semi-fi­nal game, “. . . when our team got the last bat­ter out on But­lerville and we knew that we were go­ing to play in the cham­pi­onship game.”

Danny Lough­lin said they’ve come a long way in just a few short years since the mi­nor soft­ball pro­gram was re­vived in Burin.

“It was the vi­sion of Myrna Broy­dell, Jen­nifer Matthews and Les­lie (Ann) Lambe, who were the three that ini­ti­ated this back three years ago.”

Since then, he says, many coaches and vol­un­teers have joined the pro­gram and over 160 young peo­ple play soft­ball.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Burin Ea­gles U12 Soft­ball team were also rep­re­sent­ing their home town for the first time in al­most 20 years at the provin­cial tour­na­ment. Front (left to right) are: Jack Myles, Owen Bil­lard, Jax­son McLaugh­lin, Lu­cas Power, Joel Lough­lin, and Lan­don...

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