Duffy, Cold­well top two picks in Shoot­ers league dis­per­sal draft

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS -

BROOK­FIELD, N.S. – A cou­ple of Colch­ester County soft­ball play­ers have found new homes in the Shoot­ers Bar and Grill Fast­pitch League.

Stewiacke’s Jay Duffy and Myles Cold­well of Gays River – team­mates last sea­son with the now-de­funct White Rock Rock­ies – were se­lected with the top two picks dur­ing the re­cent Shooter’s league dis­per­sal draft. Duffy, an in­fielder, was taken first over­all by the Guys­bor­ough Trans­fer Se­lects, while Cold­well, an out­fielder, was the sec­ond over­all pick by the reign­ing leaguecham­pion Shu­bie Lions.

The Brook­field Elks had the fourth and sev­enth picks in the dis­per­sal draft and nabbed util­ity play­ers Sean Croft and Nolan Os­bourne.

The Elks were also busy on the trade front, send­ing pitcher Don­nelly Archibald to Guys­bor­ough in ex­change for out­fielder Trent Mack­eil, in­fielder Noah Hawes and a 2021 first-round pick. The moves come af­ter the Elks strength­ened their pitch­ing ro­ta­tion in Novem­ber with the ad­di­tion of Justin Schofield. Schofield has rep­re­sented Canada at the world level, and last fall was named to Soft­ball Canada’s 2020 na­tional men’s team ath­lete pool.

The shoot­ers league con­sists for five teams – Brook­field, Shu­bie, Guys­bor­ough, Prodigy Sports Red Sox (East Hants) and the Colch­ester Roy­als U23 team. League ac­tion be­ings in early June.

In other Shoot­ers news, plan­ning con­tin­ues for the first Tide Fest Clas­sic fast­pitch tour­na­ment July 9 to 12 in Brook­field and Lantz. Tide Fest is an an­nual week­end cel­e­bra­tion that takes place in East Hants and in­cludes con­certs, strong­man com­pe­ti­tions, street hockey and other fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties. Adding a soft­ball tour­na­ment to the mix will give sports fans an op­por­tu­nity to see high-level ball in two lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that have long been con­sid­ered fast­pitch hot­beds. Eight teams have al­ready been con­firmed for the tour­na­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Shoot­ers league, visit the new-look web­site at www. shoot­ers­fast­pitch­league.com.

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