NEW GLASGOW — The host New Glasgow Dairy Queen Blizzard have some more baseball to play.
New Glasgow went 4-0 over Friday and Saturday to win the Baseball Nova Scotia 13-and-Under Tier I banner at the Kinsmen Field. The hosts won the event outright without requiring a championship game when three other teams posted 2-2 marks from their scheduled games.
The Yarmouth Gateways ended up second after winning the tie-breaker with the same 2-2 record as the Hants North Blue Jays and Springhill Fencebusters. The Kentville Wildcats were winless in five games.
New Glasgow’s win means it will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic 13-U championship tournament to be played on September 14 to 16 in Fredericton, N.B.
New Glasgow has a history with the host Fredericton team this year. The Blizzard lost to Fredericton before defeating Fredericton in the championship game of a tournament in Moncton.
“It’s going to be exciting for the kids to pay against provincial champions,” Blizzard head coach Mike Lochead said. “It was a fantastic weekend here. The level of play was really good by most accounts. There was excellent work by the parents who organized the tournament.”
New Glasgow opened its quest on Friday with an 8-5 victory over the Jays, scoring four runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings. Cory MacGillivray, Marshall Brown and Lane Lochead delivered hits.
Keinon DeCoste hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, while Carter Dickson added a solo shot as New Glasgow outlasted Yarmouth 10-7.
New Glasgow scored four runs in the second and Dickson’s homer gave the Blizzard an 8-2 lead before Yarmouth put up a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth inning to trail 8-7. New Glasgow added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
New Glasgow needed just six innings to defeated Kentville 12-2 by the 10-run rule on Saturday.
Gage Connors and Brown had hits in the second inning, while Connors doubled and Dickson and Cole Battist singled in the four-run fourth inning.
Connors doubled and DeCoste and Dickson singled in New Glasgow’s four-run fifth inning.
Dickson homered, while MacGillivray added a triple and DeCoste doubled as New Glasgow blanked Springhill 9-0 later on Saturday.
Winning pitchers in the four games were Landon Steele, Dickson, Battist and Lochead. In the later game, Jax Graham relieved Lochead in the third inning and struck out 12 batters.
Both teams entered the game with 2-0 won-loss records, but Springhill followed the loss on Sunday with a 12-6 setback against the Jays that ended the tournament. BNS rules state that New Glasgow would only have had to play a championship game on Sunday if another team had a 3-1 record.
The Stellarton Albions were eliminated from the 15-U AA Tier I championship in Kennetcook despite winning two of their three games in the preliminary round and finishing first in their pool.
The Albions drew the Clark’s Harbour Foggies, who defeated the Albions 8-1 in their semifinal and drubbed the Weymouth Firebirds 15-1 in the championship game.
The Albions on Friday had a 3-1 victory over Weymouth and followed it with a 6-1 victory over the Dartmouth Drillers to clinch first place.
Hammonds Plains defeated the Albions 14-6 on Saturday in a game that had no bearing on either team’s fate.
“We couldn’t buy a break,” Albions coach Erik Fraser said, regarding the semifinal game.
“Overall, however, it was a really good weekend and we had a good season. Clark’s Harbour was full value for winning the tournament.”
The host Pictou County MacLeod-Lorway Royals went 1-2 at the Intermediate AA provincial championship won by the Dartmouth Arrows over the weekend in Stellarton.
The Royals lost 10-7 to the Truro Bearcats in their opener on Friday, despite making it respectable with six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Royals’ fate turned on their 2-1 loss to Dartmouth on Saturday in a pitching duel involving the Royals’ Josh Pushtey. Royals’ coach Al Conway noted they had 11 base runners to Dartmouth’s four but could not get the big hits.
Brandon Heighton was in top form on Saturday, firing a two-hit shutout in the Royals’ 9-0 thrashing of the Tri-County Rangers 9-0.
Truro topped Dartmouth on Saturday to force a championship game on Sunday. There, Dartmouth erased a 5-3 Truro lead with 11 runs in sixth inning and the Arrows went on to post a 19-9 victory to win the title.
The New Glasgow Dairy Queen Blizzard won the Baseball Nova Scotia 13-U Tier I championship on September 2 in New Glasgow and will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic championship on September 15 and 16 in Fredericton, N.B. Front row, from left: Marshall Brown, Landon Steele, Jax Graham, Lane Lochead, Ethan MacKay, Cory MacGillivray and Keinon Bourque-Decoste. Middle Row: Cole Battist, Gage Connors, Carter Dixon, Blake MacLennan and Jeffrey Quinn. Back Row: coaches Ray MacGillivray, Mike Lochead and Drew Graham. (Goodwin photo)