Sackville PeeWee AA Hurricanes earn silver at provincials

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PeeWee AA Hurricanes

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Sackville PeeWee AA Hurricanes brought home the silver from the provincial tournament over the weekend in Fredericton.

The first game of the tournament saw the Hurricanes matched up against the Miramichi Twins. The Twins, who were missing several key players, were overmatched by the Sackville club who easily won the game in four innings.

Emily Tower got the start on the mound for Sackville and pitched two strong innings to earn the win. Offensively, the Hurricanes were led by the player of the game Ashley Sherwood, who had two singles, a double and a triple.

With a game one victory under their belts, the team faced the Elsipogtog Indians in game two. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 11-1 lead after two innings; however, the Elsipogtog club continued to battle and after the fourth inning, they had cut into the lead to make the score 12-8.

With a “bend but don’t break” effort, the Hurricanes pitching and defense kept the Indians off the board in the final three innings while the offense erupted for five much-needed insurance runs in the sixth inning to give the Hurricanes the victory 18-8. 

The starting pitcher Bradley Ogden was solid on the mound with Justin Vogels and Jacob Estabrooks coming on in relief. A couple of key defensive plays by the Sackville club kept the Indians in check. The first was a “strike-em out, throw-em out” double play with Ogden getting the strikeout and catcher Lucas Cormier delivering a perfect throw on the pitch to Tower at second base to nail a would-be base-stealer. The second defensive gem was initiated by shortstop Vogels who gobbled up a hard groundball, flipped to Tower at second who turned and fired to Jacob Estabrooks at first who dug the throw out of the dirt to complete the gorgeous 6-4-3 double play.

At the plate, Marco Cormier had a great game with a walk, a hit by pitch, a single and a triple, his brother Bruno chipped in with a double and a single, and Estabrooks had a double and a triple at the plate and was named player of the game. 

The third game pitted the Sackville club against the Lancaster Stingrays, where a victory would assure them a spot in the semi-finals.

The Hurricanes came out strong with an awesome offensive display in the first inning, where a monster ground-rule double to straight-away centerfield by Ogden, a triple by Vogels, a double by Estabrooks, another double by Lucas Cormier, and a single by Sherwood would give the Hurricanes an early 4-0 lead. The Canes continued to chip away offensively throughout the game and by the end of the sixth inning, the score was 11-2.  The Stingrays made it interesting, scoring four runs in the seventh inning; however Sackville held on to win 11-6 to move onto the playoffs.

Vogels, who was the player of the game, was a force on the mound, pitching four shutout innings in which he struck out the side twice. He also delivered at the plate with a single, double, and triple.

The opponent in the semi-final game was the home squad Fredericton Royals and Nicolas Richard got the start for the Canes. Richard, who often gets the pitching assignment in key games for the Hurricanes, didn’t disappoint as he pitched a masterful game allowing only one run over six and one-third innings. Richard, who was the easy selection for player of the game, also had a great game at the plate with a triple and a single.

The Hurricanes scored six runs over seven innings, played excellent defense and Estabrooks pitched in the pressure-packed final inning to preserve the 6-2 victory for the Sackville squad.

The final game saw the Hurricanes matched up against a very strong Western Valley Shiretowners squad. On this day, the Hurricanes were no match for the Shiretowners and lost the game 17-2. This was the fifth game of the tournament the Western Valley team had won by more than 10 runs and they also finished the entire season undefeated.

Although the Sackville squad put up a valiant effort, led by Estabrooks and Lucas Cormier on the mound and at the plate by Vogels with two doubles, Tower with a single and Tristan McCluskey with a walk, they were simply beat by a better team.

Lucas Cormier, who proved over the weekend that he is one of the premier catchers in the province and showed strong leadership skills throughout the game by constantly encouraging his teammates to never quit until the last out, earned player of the game.

Since the Shiretowners are hosting the PeeWee AA Atlantic tournament, the Hurricanes earned the right to represent New Brunswick at the tournament in Woodstock in mid-September.

 

Organizations: The Twins

Geographic location: Atlantics, Fredericton, New Brunswick Woodstock

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