The New Glasgow Kinsmen Thornes Burners bantam AA baseball team wound up in third place after the provincial championship tournament held in Halifax over the weekend to cap off a their season.
The Burners opened their tournament with a 12-6 win over the host Tri-County Rangers. Matt LeBlanc was chosen by the tournament committee as MVP going 2/3 with four RBIs in the game.
Game two put the Burners up against the Shelburne Reds. In what was called the game of the tournament Shelburne scored the winning run on a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the game 3-2. The Burners pressed in every inning with base runners in scoring position but couldn't break the game open. LeBlanc was again chosen as MVP of the game for his batting prowess. Game three saw the Thornes squad take the field against the heavily favored Sydney Mines who had just returned from British Columbia and the Canadian Nationals for Major Little League. The Thornes squad was not to be denied and put on a showcase performance defeating Sydney Mines 10-8. Steven Conway pitched 6.1 innings for the win and was chosen named game MVP.
Sunday had the Burners were up against the eventual tournament champs Amherst Ramblers, who had made short work of most opponents all weekend. It wasn't meant to be as the Burner Bats went silent and the heavy hitting Ramblers won the game leaving the Thornes Burners with third place. Connor Skyrynsky who was sidelined with an injury was chosen as game MVP for his upbeat support during the games.
The Thornes Burners were awarded some tournament hardware with LeBlanc taking home top batter for 2013 provincial championship with an average over .600 for the tournament and Steven Conway won the home run derby title.