Cubs defeat Albions to win provincial championship
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Crofter’s Cubs celebrate winning the Baseball Nova Scotia Mosquito AA Provincial Championship 7-6 over the Stellarton Albions on Monday night.
NEW GLASGOW – What looked like a provincial final that was going to end lopsided came down to the wire between two of Pictou County’s top mosquito baseball teams.
The hosts of the Baseball Nova Scotia Mosquito AA Provincial Championship, the New Glasgow Kinsmen Crofter’s Cubs, ended up holding onto their early lead over the Stellarton Albions to win 7-6.
In the first inning the Cubs opened with a walk to Raymond Lowe-Chisholm, who eventually scored. Brayden Killen would hit a triple after a pair of outs to the Cubs to knock in Lowe-Chisholm before Scott Long brought him home with a double.
Up 2-0, the Cubs held the Albions off the board for a pair of innings before the Cubs’ big third inning.
Nolan Manning led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Nick MacInnis. Lowe-Chisholm brought both of them home with a triple to pick up a pair of RBIs. Jayden Hatchard picked up a single to knock Lowe-Chisholm home. Killen, Long and Cody LeBlanc all followed with singles of their own, with LeBlanc’s bringing in the fourth and fifth runs to reach the five-run rule.
In the fourth Stellarton bounced back, two runs, but it was the fifth that nearly tied the game up.
Marcus MacLeod lead off the inning with a single before four straight walks to Brayden MacKay, Landen McGibbon, Max MacCallum and Luke Young. A double by Cody MacDougall brought in two more runs before the Cubs ended the inning, stranding two runners on base.
In the bottom half of the inning the Cubs only mustered one hit, but that was enough as they shut down the Albions in the top of the sixth en route to their victory.
Both clubs made it to the final by defeating their opponents by one run, although the Cubs took 10 innings to win theirs over Dartmouth. Hickey said that win was more exciting than winning the final.
“The semifinals was more exciting for sure,” he said. “Our coaches just kept on supporting us and telling us that we could do it. It was really exciting because it was so close for so long.”