Make it five straight titles for St. John's after it edges Mount Pearl in Sunday's final
Mount Pearl baserunner Andrew Mercer comes sliding into home ahead of the throw to St. John's Capitals' catcher Redmond Hunt in the championship game of the Newfoundland and Labrador junior baseball final at Corner Brook's Jubilee Field Sunday. St. John's won the game 5-4. — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/TC Media/The Western Star
The St. John's Capitals posted an unbeaten record in winning the 2013 provincial junior baseball crown Sunday at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook.
The Capitals completed their perfect weekend by downing Mount Pearl 6-5 in the gold-medal game to take the AJ "Ank" Murphy Memorial Trophy.
It's a fifth straight provincial title for the Capitals, who earn the right to play in the 2013 national junior championship Aug. 15-19 in Dartmouth, N.S.
Matt Murphy, who was the tournament's most valuable player, was the winning pitcher Sunday, allowing five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in six innings on the mound,
Brandon Jackson, who allowed four runs on three hits and one walk in just over two innings of work, took the loss,
The Caps finished in first place in the four-team tournament with a 3-0 record in round-robin play. Mount Pearl was second in round-robin play with a 2-1 record to earn a shot at the undefeated Capitals, while the host Corner Brook Junior Barons finished with a 1-2 record and Gander finished in the cellar at 0-3.
Members of the Capitals include Ryan Hodder, Daniel Phillips, Elliott Phillips, Bryan Kirkpatrick, Michael Glynn, Chad Kerrivan, Aaron Brown, Bernie Morgan, Alex Comeau, Ryan Dooley, Murphy, Kevin Cashin, Andrew Paul, Redmond Hunt, Randy Reid, Tyler Boland and Zack Fitzpatrick.
Steve Phillips and Charlie Kelly are the coaches.
Individual awards winners
Top Batter: Davis Hearn of Corner Brook
Top Pitcher: Nick Rose of Mount Pearl
MVP: Matt Murphy of St. John's
Corner Brook 15, Gander 1
St. John's 6, Mount Pearl 4
Mount Pearl 7, Gander 1
St. John's 7, Corner Brook 5
St. John's 7, Gander 1