Avalon Ball Hockey ready for championship
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Team Avalon first baseman Bradley Riggs slides safely into home as Western catcher Tyler Gardner waits for the throw home. Avalon took the match up 12-1.
The Team Avalon boys’ baseball team are one win away from claiming the 2012 NL Summer Games title. The team,featuring players from Conception Bay North, ran its record to 4-0 with a 12-1 demolition of the representatives from Western.
Earlier in the day, Avalon beat St. John’s/North by a score of 12-4. Shortstop Stewart Brazil, of Spaniard’s Bay, and catcher Zack Coombs, of Upper Island Cove, led the offensive charge for Avalon, picking up four hits apiece.
Blake Fudge toed the rubber for the victory.
Chris Kelly scored the only run for Western, and also led his team at the dish, going two for two with two singles.
The final for the baseball is set to go 11 a.m. Wednesday at Moriarity Park in Harbour Grace.
Avalon coach Scott Adams said his team is really starting the “put everything together.”
“We’re in good shape, we have lots of arms left and we’re okay with whoever we face,” he said.
Offense has not been a problem for the Avalon team. The team has scored 52 runs, and the defence has held up for the club, allowing just 11 opposing runners to cross home plate.
“We’re playing excellent as a team,” said Brazil. “We’re playing good defense and we have good offense.”
Adams attributed some of the success his team has been having to having an experienced roster.
“We’ve got a couple of older players on the team, and they’ve really taken on a leadership role with the rest of the 13 guys,” said Adams.
Team Avalon has reached the finals of the boys’ ball hockey competition after dumping the host team, 7-0 in the first crossover game at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, tonight (Aug. 20).
Scorers were unknown at press time.
Earlier in the day, Avalon beat the team from Central by a score of 3-1.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Jordan Maher, head coach Neil Shute said he could see the Central team begin to fade and that worked to his team’s advantage.
Avalon scored three times in the second half on goals from Andrew Roberts (2) and Jordon Coombs.
The host team finished Day 2 of competition with a record of one win and two losses.
Earlier in the day, Carbonear-Harbour Grace lost a tight 3-2 game to St. John’s/North. Mark Ryan and Ryan Slade scored for the losers, while Jarod Brazil (2) and Mark Taplin scored for the winner.
In the second game, The host beat Labrado by a score of 4-3. Picking up singles for the host were Nick O'Neil, Mark Ryan, Eddie Donnelly and Brian Tetford. Christian Kelly, Jeff White and Evan Power scored for Labrador.
After losing to Avalon in the semifinals, the host team will now play for the bronze medal Wednesday morning.
Sarah Hiscock continued her hot streak in the pool, qualifying for the Girls 11-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle with preliminary time of :31.99.
Hiscock also qualified for the Girls 11-14 100 SC Meter Backstroke with a prelim time of 1:24.48.
Team Avalon’s Morgan Kearley barely missed qualifying with a time of :32.28.
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In the Girls 15-18 50 SC Meter Freestyle, Carbonear’s Allison Somers went in search of a third medal at the Games, qualifying for the finals with a prelim time of :30.74.
Dylan Hoben qualified for the finals in the Boys 11-14 50 SC Meter Freestyle with a time of :30.17. Teammate Andrew Churchill missed qualifying for the finals with a time of :30.32.
Hoben also qualified for the Boys 11-14 100 SC Meter Individual Medley with a prelim time of 1:17.86.
Mark Peddle tied for the final qualifying spot in the Boys 15-18 50 SC Meter Freestyle for the host team with a prelim time of :28.61.
Haley O’Driscoll, of Team Avalon, was able to reach the final of the Girls 11-14 100 SC Meter Breaststroke with a time of 1:32.89.
Andrew Churchill, representing the home team and Roaches Line, reached the final in the Boys 11-14 100 SC Meter Breaststroke after posting a prelim time of 1:37.97.
Joining him will be Kyle Downey of Brigus. Downey posted a prelim time of 1:30.99.
Two Bay Roberts swimmers finished at the top of the qualifying swimmers for the Girls 11-14 50 SC Meter Butterfly. Haley O’Driscoll and Morgan Kearley posted times of :35.22 and :35.40, respectively.
Somers qualified for her second final of the evening after posting a prelim time of :32.65 in the Girls 15-18 50 SC Meter Butterfly.
The finals occurred Monday evenig, and results were not available at press time.
At the Aero Tennis Club in Harbour Grace, the host boys’ team dropped its first match of the day to Western, 3-1.
Next up for the boys was a consolation match with Mount Pearl/South. The home team took the match through the tie-break procedure after the two teams finished 2-2.
The host girls’ team had one match on Day 2, also a consolation match, with Eastern. Eastern team took the tie-breaker procedure after the teams also finished 3-1.
The host team had one match in girls’ soccer, dropping a 6-0 decision to Labrador.
The next match for Carbonear-Harbour Grace is set for 11 a.m. in Carbonear against Western.
The scores for the host game against Avalon 3 were not available at press time.
The host boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball teams were unable to pick up a victory on Day 2 of competition, each dropping matches to Central in straight sets, 2-0.
The Avalon boys’ team failed to advance past the round robin portion of the tournament after dropping its only match to Eastern, two sets to one.
The girls’ team had better success, producing one win and one loss, gaining a berth in the next round as a result.
First up for the Avalon team was Mount Pearl/South. Avalon took the match two sets to none. Next was Western, which Western won, two sets to none. In the next rou, Avalon lost to St. John’s/North, two sets to none.