Albions chase Atlantic baseball title


STELLARTON – Heads coach Erik Fraser says he feels confident the Stellarton Albions will do well at the Atlantic bantam baseball championship.

The Albions were to leave on Thursday for games Friday through Sunday at Conception Bay, N.L. They had one last practice on Tuesday afternoon.

“We haven’t lost since mid-July,” he said.  “We’re feeling pretty good. I expect our team to pick up where they left off.”

The Albions went unbeaten en route to winning the provincial title. They capped the weekend by shutting out New Glasgow 3-0 in their semifinal and defeating Bridgewater 4-2 in the championship game.

Lucas Canning and Cameron Young were the winning pitchers, but the Albions also boast Cameron MacKinnon and a solid relief corps, Fraser said.

Throwing strikes will be a key element in the Albions’ success, he said.

“We have a high strike percentage, and we want to make sure it is this weekend,” he said.  “I like to get ahead in the count. We have a good infield and putting the ball in play makes it easier for them.”

The Albions did not play after winning the provincial honours, but some players were active.

“More than half the players are on high school teams, so they have practised,” he said.

The Albions’ schedule includes facing the Fredericton Royals at 11:30 a.m. and the host Conception Bay North Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. local time on Friday.

They will play the Mount Pearl, N.L. Blazers at 8 a.m. and the Stratford, P.E.I. Athletics at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The championship game is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday.”

Member of the Stellarton Albions are contesting an Atlantic bantam baseball championship this weekend in Conception Bay, N.L. after winning the provincial championship they hosted in Stellarton. Front row, from left:  tournament most valuable player Joseph Mason, Blaise MacDonald, Andrew Fraser, Chase Roberts, Alex Cathcart and Riley Farrell. Back row: head coach Erik Fraser, Zachary MacInnis, Mike Law, Cam MacKinnon, J.D. MacKenzie, Lucas Canning, Cameron Young and assistant coach Jason MacKinnon. (Goodwin photo)