Local Sports Roundup
Harbour Main’s Brad Ezekiel, Jason Hill of St. John’s, and Freshwater, Placentia’s Stephen Mullaley played key roles in helping the Hill United Chiefs securing a second straight Amateur Softball Association (ASA) championship this past weekend in South Bend, Indiana.
The Chiefs, representing Machias, N.Y. ,and coached by St. John’s native John Hill, went undefeated through a three-game round robin, and defeated the New York Gremlins 7-4 in the championship game.
In the title match, Hill was two-for-three with a home run and four RBI while Mullaley was two-for-two with a walk and RBI. Blair Ezekiel, Brad’s brother, and Petty Harbour native Sean Whitten, who now calls Calgary home, competed for the Gremlins, who made it to the final by playing from the losers bracket.
Placentia’s Jeremy O’Rielly played for the Bloomington Stix.
The Chiefs edged the Gremlins 3-2 in the semifinal matchup, with Hill scoring the tying run in the 4th inning.
Mullaley was seven-for-10 with seven RBI, earning the tourney’s MVP award, top batter honours and a spot on the All-American Team.
Up next for the Chiefs is the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Fastball Tournament in Kitchener, Ont., starting this weekend. The Chiefs are the defending champs, having bested the Gremlins 1-0 in a10-inning game last summer in Quad Cities, Iowa.
Selects begin play at 17U tourney today
Newfoundland and Labrador’s 17U Selects baseball team begins play today at the Baseball Canada Cup in Saskatoon, Sask.
The championship will see provincial all-star teams from all 10 provinces vying for the national championship and showcasing their talents in front of Canadian national team staff, major league scouts, and United States and Canadian college coaches.
The Newfoundland Selects are in a six-team pool and will play a round-robin format series against Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. The Selects play P.E.I. in their first game today.
The Selects roster includes Matthew Colbourne, Christopher Kelly (Corner Brook); Riley King (Gander); Nicholas Parsons, Tyler Hennessey (Conception Bay South); Zach Snook, Daniel Toope, Colin Hunt (Mount Pearl); Jonathan Cooper, Keegan Spurrell (Torbay), Diego Lopez-Thompson, Daniel Lopez-Thompson, Parker Gulliver, James Locke, Ben Murphy, Daniel Rice and Dylan MacKenzie (St. John’s).
Stephen Donahue of Mount Pearl is the head coach. Assistant coaches include Trevor Murphy of Mount Pearl and Michael Lenz of Torbay. The team’s chef de mission is Randy Hennessey of Conception Bay South.
Games results and other information will be available at the Baseball Canada website old.baseball.ca/cup/index_eng.cfm?content=schedule
Crawley pitches Holy Cross to victory
Justin Crawley (7IP, 1R, 4H) struck out five and Mike Janes and Dean Hammond had three hits apiece as Holy Cross Trinity Pub defeated Gonzaga Roebothan McKay Marshall 3-1 in St. John’s Molson senior baseball Tuesday night at St. Pat’s Ball Park.
David Lahey (7IP, 3R, 12H, 2W, 3K) took the loss. Nobody on the Vikings had more than a hit off Crawley.
Team GP W L GB
Shamrocks 11 9 2 -
Feildians 9 7 2 1
Holy Cross 10 7 3 1.5
Gonzaga 11 5 6 4
Knights 10 2 8 6.5
Storm 9 0 9 8
Vikings win big
Tyler Boland (3IP, 1R, 1H, 3W, 5K) earned the win in relief of Andrew Paul (4IP, 2R, 2H, 2W, 4K) as Gonzaga pounded Holy Cross 9-3 in St. John’s Molson intermediate baseball Tuesday night.
At St. Pat’s Ball Park, Steve Adams led the Vikings with two hits in three trips to the plate.
Michael Glynn (4IP, 6R, 4H, 4W, 5K) started and took the loss with Elliot Phillips (3R, 1H, 1W) tossing three innings in relief.
Nobody on the Crusaders had more than a hit.
Team GP W L GB
Shamrocks 9 7 2 -
Feildians 6 4 2 1.5
Storm 6 3 3 2.5
Knights 6 2 4 3.5
Gonzaga 7 3 4 3
Holy Cross 10 3 7 4.5