LOUISDALE: The Richmond Academy Hurricane girls earned provincial silver when facing host Barrington in the NSSAF Division II championship game last Saturday evening. The final was 12-5 for the hosts.
“The girls did awesome,” said coach Leon Burt. “They hit the ball like crazy, and they did very well defensively, but we came up against a strong Barrington team that really showed up for that game.”
The loss in the championship game was the first time the Hurricane lost all year, as the girls were undefeated in regular season play, at the Highland Regionals, and in preliminaries at the provincials. Indeed, several of the Hurricane’s wins at provincials were by the 10-run rule.
“We went 3-0 in our pool, and we ended up finishing first,” Burt said of the provincials. “We beat North East Kings Friday morning, Middleton in the afternoon, and Saturday morning we went up against St. Mary’s, who were also 2-0. We beat them, and then we played Amherst in the crossover game.
“We got into the championship game against Barrington, who also went 4-0. They beat us in the crossover last year by one run, and this year they were a strong team once again.”
Barrington came into the championship flying high, after overturning a 9-6 deficit in the bottom of the seventh in their crossover game. Barrington scored four unanswered runs to win 10-9.
“They were pumped up and they had their home field, and they came out strong,” Burt said, who noted the Hurricane did manage a 3-0 lead early in the game. With that, the Hurricane had an 18-7 win over Amherst in crossovers, which wasn’t the sort of win that generally fires up a squad.
“This group of girls were to provincials the last three years,” Burt said, noting that the team had two championship game appearances in that time and once lost in the crossovers. “They had a great run at it, and they should hold their heads high. I’m very proud of them, and it was a true team effort.
“It would have been nice to come home with the banner, but I’m still awfully proud of them.”
Burt said he’s pretty sure the other coaches, Melissa and Greg Rioux and Kevin Boudreau, are equally proud. He added that he’s thankful to have coached with them.
On Monday of last week, the Hurricane earned their third regional banner when hosting the Dalbrae Dragons. The two squads faced off for the Division II Highland Regional banner, and Richmond won 8-3.
The Dragons also qualified for provincials, and they came just a couple runs from making it to the crossovers.