STELLARTON – The Pictou County MacLeod Lorway Intermediate Royals are still basking in the glow of winning annual Stellarton Homecoming baseball tournament over the weekend.
The Royals entered the championship undefeated and first overall before edging the second-place Pictou County Molson Canadian Albions 5-4.
After trailing 2-0, the Royals tied the game in the third inning after Matt MacLean walked, Lukas MacDonald singled and Dylan MacKay hit a shot up the middle to drive them home.
The Albions took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Royals rallied for three runs in the bottom half.
Tim MacKinnon had a lead-off walk, Jesse Hubley reached on an error and MacKay reached on an error. Josh Fustey had a single to bring the Royals within one and Joel MacLean had a clutch two-out single to score two more for the lead.
Starting pitcher Kieran MacGillivray went five innings before reliever Cole Heighton retired all three batters he faced in the sixth.
The Albions loaded the bases with none out in the top of the seventh, but Brandon Heighton replaced Cole Heighton and ended the threat by striking out two batters and getting the final out on a pop up to first base.
Steven Conway tossed a one-hitter and fanned five as the Royals opened with a 14-1 victory over the Eastern Passage Pirates in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Fushtey surrendered four hits as the Royals upended the Albions 4-2.
Ryan Camp scored the only run on Fushtey’s single as the Royals nipped the Windsor Knights 1-0 in their other game. Blair Dewtie shut out the Knights on four hits and seven strikeouts.
The Royals resume their schedule in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League by hosting the Truro Bearcats starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Royals’ catcher Joel MacLean awaits a throw to home plate in an effort to tag out Albions runner Guy Pellerine. Pellerine beat the tag to give the Albions a 1-0 lead, but the Royals ended up winning 5-4 to take the Homecoming baseball tournament championship. (Goodwin photo)