The Stellarton peewee A Albions pose with their gold medals from provincials over the weekend. Back row from left: Craig MacKay (assistant coach), Wayne Denny, Tyler Watters, Spencer Murray, Luke MacLeod and Mark MacCallum (coach). Middle row from left: Logan MacKay, Jack Finley, Cameron MacCallum, Kade Mason, Cameron MacKay and Alex Mackinnon. Front row from left: Evan Borden.
The Stellarton peewee A Albions ended their season Sunday with their heads hanging a little lower - from the weight of their provincial gold medals around their necks.
After going 4-0, winning all but one by the 10-run rule, the Albions defeated the Prospect Mariners 18-16 in the championship game.
Facing some excellent pitching, and a few big batters, the Albions found themselves trailing 6-0 after the third inning, with only four Albions landing on base in those three innings. Luke MacLeod was left on after hitting a nice double in the first, Cameron MacKay and Alex MacKinnon were walked in the third and Jack Finley will have a nice stitch imprint in his back from the pitch that walked him in the third.
A single by Luke MacLeod got the Albions started in the fourth. Kade Mason followed with a double before and two more singles by Logan MacKay and Evan Borden. At the end of the inning the Albions found themselves down 6-4. RBIs were attributed to Mason, MacKay and Borden, as well as a run scored on a passed ball by Borden.
Trailing 10-4 after five innings, the Albions again showed their will to battle back. MacLeod, again, started them off, this time getting to base by being hit by a pitch. Following him were Mason and MacKay with singles. Borden and Wayne Denny hit triples with RBIs that inning by MacKay (1), Borden (2) and another run scored on a passed ball by Borden.
Starting the seventh and final inning the Albions trailed by three. They would not be counted out, however, as Alex MacKinnon took a hit by a pitch and landed on first. He was followed by a single from Cameron Maccallum, a triple from Mason and singles from Mackay, Borden and Denny. This inning saw the Mariners losing the wind in their sails, with four of five runs being scored on passed balls or wild pitches and the lone RBI attributed to MacKay. The Mariners scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game to an extra inning.
The eighth inning saw only one player make it to base, a walk for the Mariners, but the Albions kept the game tied to force a ninth inning.
The first batter up in the ninth inning, Spencer Murray, started with a single. MacCallum followed with a single before a walk for MacLeod, a triple from Mason, a single from MacKay and a pitch that hit Borden, sending him on a trip to first.
The Mariners sent Murray home on a passed ball and MacCallum home on a balk. Mason and MacKay each earned RBIs.
The Albions now held a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. With Logan MacKay on the mound, the strikeout of the first batter and the quick grab of a hit off the second batter by MacKay to throw him out at first had the Albions one out away from the win.
The Mariners then put three singles and two runs together. The next batter lined the ball on the ground to second with Murray throwing it to MacLeod at first for the final out and an 18-16 victory.
Cameron MacCallum was the starting pitcher of this game, followed by Logan MacKay and finishing up with Cameron MacKay, while the player of the game was Logan MacKay. Kade Mason was awarded best overall pitcher of the tournament.
To get to the final the Albions opened with a 13-3 win over Hammonds Plains A’s before a 19-14 victory over the Dartmouth Arrows. On Saturday afternoon they then defeated the Hants North Jays 11-1, which put them into the semifinal game against the Bridgewater Bulldogs.
They booked their ticket with another crushing victory, 14-3 over the Bulldogs.