Team goes undefeated in tournament, now heading to provincials
Above, the PeeWee A Hurricanes gather for a photo after winning the Zone 2 tournament in Miramichi on the Aug. 16-18 weekend. The team includes: back row, left to right, coaches Chris Vogels, Darren Estabrooks, Stirling Hall, Fernand Richard, Jon Estabrooks; centre row, left to right, Eric Lapointe, Bradley Ogden, Justin Vogels, Alex Hall, Tristan McCluskey; front row, left to right, Jackson Spencer, Emily Tower, Lucas Cormier, Jack Estabrooks, Jacob Estabrooks, Nic Richard, Jaden Troop, and Seth Smith (lying down). Below, Jackson Spencer keeps his eye on the ball during the final game against Dieppe.
The Sackville PeeWee A Hurricanes recently won the Zone 2 tournament held in Miramichi.
The first game of the tournament had the ‘Canes pitted against a strong Miramichi Twins Girls team. The Sackville team struck early, scoring two runs, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Justin Vogels and Jack Estabrooks. Vogels double plated Jacob Estabrooks, who had drawn a walk to start the game.
Emily Tower pitched five outstanding innings and was backed by a very dependable defense in the field. The game was eventually tied at 3-3 in the seventh and final inning when the Hurricanes managed to score two more runs. Jayden Troop and Nicolas Richard pitched great in relief of Tower to preserve the Hurricanes’ 5-3 victory.
The next game saw the Hurricanes facing the Sussex Royals. The ‘Canes’ bats were on fire as they scored nine runs to start the game before the Royals had even recorded an out. At the end of the first inning, the score was 11-0; and with Jack Estabrooks firing strikes on the mound, the game was well in hand.
At the plate, the Sackville team had 11 hits led by Eric Lapointe, Jack and Jacob Estabrooks, who all had two hits each, while Seth Smith crushed a double. Jack Estabrooks ended up getting a complete game 12-1 victory while giving up only two hits.
The New Maryland Red Sox were the next opponent for the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes’ bats remained red hot in this game as they hammered out 14 hits en route to a 16-4 victory. Alex Hall led the hit parade with three hits, including a double, and Bradley Ogden also contributed with a double of his own. Richard pitched for the Hurricanes and threw his second complete game of the season.
The final game of the tournament was against the Dieppe Cardinals. Despite great pitching by Troop, solid defensive play by Tristan McCluskey at third base, and a strong hitting performance by Jackson Spencer, the Cardinals had a 6-3 lead going into the final inning.
True to form, the ‘Canes did not give up and came out strong in the last inning. Led by a clutch two-RBI triple by Lucas Cormier and an RBI single by Tower, they scored five runs to eventually make the game 8-6 for Sackville. Lights-out relief pitching by Cormier and Vogels preserved the victory for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes’ undefeated effort at the tournament was a result of many elements. The starting pitching was outstanding as each starting pitcher went at least five innings. The pitching was supported by fantastic defense as routine ground balls and fly balls were consistently turned into outs and the catchers continued to throw out would-be base stealers. The Hurricanes scored a ton of runs due to clutch hitting and hitting for power as they pounded out 42 hits over the four games with 12 of those being for extra bases. Attitude was never an issue as the team continued to play sound fundamental baseball regardless of the score.
The team now moves on to proudly represent Sackville at the provincial tournament in Caraquet on the Labour Day weekend in September.