Richmond Royals win league tournament

The gold medal winners for the 13U Cape Breton Baseball League Tournament were the Richmond Royals with a 13-12 win over the Isle Madame Mariners.

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Richmond Royals managed a narrow one-run win over the Isle Madame Mariners to take home the U13 Cape Breton Baseball House League Championship last Sunday.

“Every game was pretty close,” said Jason Aucoin, coach of the host Strait Area Sting. “Most games, no team won by more than four runs. That’s just one bounce or one error.

“The kids had a great weekend. Everyone performed well, and a lot of kids who never got a chance to pitch did this weekend because of the pitch count and a tournament situation.”

The championship game saw the Royals enter the game undefeated, while the Mariners had lost only one game en route to the showdown. Having said that, the Mariners reinforced their cheering section by having the newly minted Richmond Amateur Baseball Association champs come to Oaklee’s Field to lend their morale support.

The RABA’s Isle Madame Mariners had won their league championship earlier in the day, and the guys brought their league championship trophy to Oaklee’s Field as morale booster.

In the bronze medal game, the Antigonish Angels dropped the New Waterford Dodgers 16-13.

With that, the tournament was also an opportunity for the Sting to win their last game of the season, a 19-18 win over the Creignish Dukes.

“We were down six runs in the seventh inning, and we scored eight in the open inning and pitcher Rory MacDonald went in and shut things down, giving up one run in the bottom of the inning,” Aucoin said. “In the eighth, bases were loaded with a 3-2 count. Rory threw a strike, and we won on Saturday night.”

Atlantic Superstore, Giant Tiger, and United Rentals served as sponsors of the event, and AA Munro Insurance also donated to the event. Aucoin also tipped his hat to The Reporter and the photographic work of Mary Hankey.

“I’d like to thank all the parents from the Strait Area Sting U13 team for all their hard work this weekend,” Aucoin said. “And to coaches Joey MacDonald and Darren Bona for all the hard work they did for these kids all year.”

The weekend of September 7 will have the Strait Area Sting hosting the Pee Wee A provincial championship in Port Hawkesbury. Aucoin said he and the House League U13s send along their best wishes for a good showing from the local players.