ST. PETER’S: The third time was a charm for Ellie MacAulay.
The 15-year-old from St. Peter’s recently returned from Vaughn, Ontario where, for the third consecutive year, she represented the province alongside the other members of Baseball Nova Scotia’s team at the National Girls U16 Invitational Tournament.
“We came fourth, but we had the toughest route to getting there,” MacAulay told The Reporter last Wednesday.
“We had to play one more game that everyone else for a tie-breaker, and we lost by one in the bronze medal game. I think we improved overall as a team from last year. We made it to the bronze last year, but we lost by a significant number of runs. We only lost by one this year.”
The bronze medal game was a 5-4 loss to Team Manitoba.
Prior to that, Nova Scotia started the tournament with a 6-4 loss to Ontario. That was on Thursday, August 17, and the following day Nova Scotia dropped Alberta 6-5.
The game against Alberta was started on Thursday but postponed due to rain. Nova Scotia trailed 4-1 in the fifth, when the game was halted. Nova Scotia battled back the next day, largely due to MacAulay.
“When we resumed the game, I got a double to score the winning run,” she said.
Nova Scotia’s second Friday victory came against PEI. The final was 21-10.
On Saturday, August 19, Nova Scotia managed a big win over Newfoundland and Labrador, as the final was 20-1. Later that day, Nova Scotia beat Ontario in a tie-breaker to see who would advance. MacAulay was pitching, and the final was a 15-9 Nova Scotia win.
In semi-finals, MacAulay and company lost 11-1 to Quebec. That game put Quebec into the gold medal game, and Nova Scotia into the bronze. Quebec ended up taking gold in a 4-1 victory over Alberta.
While Team Nova Scotia came just short of taking home medals, the same can’t be said of MacAulay. Her phenomenal performance saw her lead the entire tournament in batting average (.704), hits (19), at bats (27), runs scored (14), and stolen bases (9).
With that, she was named Game MVP in her games against Quebec and Ontario, and she was presented the top offensive award when battling Alberta. At the closing ceremonies, she was named Overall MVP for Nova Scotia. She was also named to the all star team as top center fielder.
“It was my best year at nationals,” MacAulay said. “I came home with a bunch of awards, and that was great.”
When not helping the provincial team, MacAulay is a member of the Bantam Strait Area Sting. The local team recently won a provincial qualifying tournament in Westville. MacAulay picked up the win on the mound in the championship game.
The Sting attended the provincial championship last weekend.