3Cheers and Don Cherry’s each have eight games in round-robin
Two Newfoundland clubs defending champion 3Cheers Pub Bud Light and Don Cherry’s St. John’s — begin play at the national senior men’s softball championships in Stratford, Ont today.
3Cheers won the province’s first-ever national senior men’s title last summer in Fredericton and the bulk of the 2012 championship roster returns, including eight players who played with the Canadian national team this year: Sean Cleary, Brad Ezekiel, Ryan Boland, Sean Whitten, Steve Mullaley, Jason Hill and imports Jeff Ellsworth and Ian Fehrman.
The rest of the roster includes Lee Cose (player-coach), Blair Ezekiel, Colin Walsh, John Farrell, Shane Boland, Justin Gill and Liam O’Keefe, with coaches John Hill and Colin Abbott.
Don Cherry’s, the reigning provincial champs, also added a pair of imports in Trevor Ethier, a former national team pitcher, and infielder Brennan Pokoyoway, who played with the bronze-medal winning Imagewear Custom Apparel Hitmen from Newfoundland at the 2012 Canadian championships. Also on board are Geoff Evely and Kyle Ezekiel, both of whom suited up for 3Cheers in the 2012 tourney.
Other members of Don Cherry’s are Donny King, Robbie Greene, Mark Power, Bryan Clarke, Steve Jesso, Jon Kelly, Shane Kelly, Ryan Kirk, Mark Lewis, Joe Maynard, Keith Maynard, Jeremy O’Reilly, Stephen Strapp and coach Hughie Clarke.
Both teams will play eight games — two a day — in the round robin. Don Cherry’s meet Quebec Senior in the tournament opener this morning and face the Charlottetown, P.E.I. Fawcetts this afternoon. 3Cheers gets started with an afternoon tilt against the Kitchener, Ont. Outlaws, before closing out the day against the Scarborough, Ont., Force.
The full schedule and up-to-date results: championship.softball.ca/seniormens
Remaining round-robin schedules
3Cheers Pub Bud Light
Wednesday: vs. Quebec Senior and Shakespeare, Ont., Falcons (host)
Thursday: vs. Kitchener, Ont. Cubs and Don Cherry’s
Friday: vs. East Hants, N.S., Mastadons and Charlottetown, P.E.I., Fawcetts
Don Cherry’s St. John’s
Wednesday: vs. Kitchener, Ont., Cubs and Kitchener, Ont., Outlaws
Thursday: vs. Shakespeare, Ont. Falcons (host) and. 3Cheers Pub Bud Light
Friday: vs. Scarborough, Ont. Force and East Hants, N.S., Mastadons