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Game On Gear puts it all together in provincial intermediate fastpitch tourney

Waterford Valley team takes championship in comeback style


Published on July 17, 2017

Ryan Kenny (6) of Game On Gear crosses the plate behind Lafontaine Club catcher Troy Leonard as teammate Nathan Kenny (22), who had scored earlier, waits to congratulate him during the seventh inning of the provincial intermediate men’s softball final at Lions Park in St. John’s. The runs were part of a Game On rally in the seventh that gave the Waterford Valley team a 4-3 win and the title in the eight-team tourney.

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In what has to be considered a bit of an upset, Game On Gear shaded Lafontaine Club 4-3 Sunday in the final of the provincial intermediate softball championship at Lions Park in St. John’s.

Game On, which trailed 3-0 at one point in the game, got the win in walk-off fashion — on a sacrifice fly — with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The champions were undefeated in the eight-team provincial tourney, going 5-0 overall. 

Contrast that with Game On Gear’s record in the St. John’s intermediate league, where the Waterford Valley-based team is 3-4, with one of its losses being a 7-1 setback at the hands of Placentia’s Lafontaine Club 10 days ago.

But it was a different story in a much-tighter game Sunday at Lions Park, where player-coach Stephen Dobbin drove in two runs for Game On.

Shane Dobbin got the win with one innings of scoreless work in relief of tournament MVP Jordan Noftall (1W, 2K), who scattered eight hits in his six innings on the mound.

Johnny O’Reilly (7H, 0W, 5K) suffered the loss for Lafontaine, which got two RBIs from Mike Gambin.

Noftall pitched three wins, allowing just six earned runs in 27 innings of work while striking out 19. He was also the tourney’s top batter, with a .529 average and five RBIs.

Andrew Kelly of Game On, who hit .429 and drove in a half-dozen runs, won the sportsmanship and ability award.

Other members of the championship team include Brad Budden, Shane Dobbin, Patrick Heffernan, Nathan Kenny, Ryan Kenny, Mark King, Mike King, Ryan Noftall, Brandon Pomroy and Tyler Wall.

Game On had downed Carbonear’s MJR Masonry 5-1 in one semifinal, while Lafontaine edged Bay Roberts Coors Light 4-3 in other.

 

Preliminary-round results

• Lafontaine Club 5, C.B.S. Storm 2

• Bay Roberts Coors Light 7, Roebothan McKay Marshall Republic 3

• MJR Masonry 9, C.B.C. Junior Canadians 2

• Game On Gear 6, Chayee Bourras NL Selects 0

• MJR Masonry 5, C.B.S. Storm 3

• Chayee Bourras NL Selects 11, Roebothan McKay Marshall Republic 2

• Lafontaine Club 7, C.B.C. Junior Canadians 1

• Game On Gear 5, Bay Roberts Coors Light 4

• Lafontaine Club, 6 MJR Masonry 4

• Bay Roberts Coors Light 12, Chayee Bourras NL Selects 0

• C.B.C. Junior Canadians 4, C.B.S. Storm 10

• Game On Gear 13, Roebothan McKay Marshall Republic 2

 

Note: Photo caption corrected to show that it was Ryan Kenny scoring the Game On Gear run.