The St. John's Caps, who are competing in the national senior men's championship in Miramichi, N.B., aren’t the only team representing Newfoundland and Labrador in a Baseball Canada tournament this week.
In Bedford, N.S., the provincial representatives are 1-1 after opening-day play at the 16U girls national invitational championship.
The Newfoundland team dropped a 9-1 decision to a Nova Scotia team in its first game, but rebounded in a big way by thrashing Prince Edward Island 20-0.
N.L is one of four teams — all from the Atlantic provinces — in Pool C of the three-tiered event. Just one team will advance from the pool to the quarter-final round. That means Newfoundland needs to beat New Brunswick today while hoping P.E.I. manages an upset against the Nova Scotians, who are 2-0.
If N.L. does advance, it will mark the second straight year it has done so. In 2018, Newfoundland topped its pool and eventually finished sixth.
In its win Thursday afternoon, N.L. got three hits and four runs batted in from Mackenzie Byrne of St. John’s, while Hope Bishop Frizzel of Conception Bay South was named the team’s player of the game after posting two RBIs and scoring twice.
Maddi Healy of St. John’s, who drove in her team’s lone run in the loss to Nova Scotia, started and pitched the win over P.E.I., with Pasadena’s Victoria Hull finishing up with an inning of relief work. Combined, they allowed just three hits while striking out five.
At the Ray Carter Cup, the national boys 15U tournament in Oshawa, Ont., Newfoundland and Labrador is 0-2 after a pair of losses to Atlantic rivals on Thursday.
N.L. opened with a 6-2 defeat to P.E.I. before falling 7-3 to Nova Scotia.
Newfoundland faces New Brunswick today and Alberta on Saturday.