In their inaugural season, the Pictou County Midget A Orioles have completed their Cinderella season as Nova Scotia’s top Midget A baseball team.
Game one opened against the host New Waterford Reds with good pitching performances by James Mackenzie, Eric Pelton, Dylan MacKay, and especially Matt MacLean. But, the Oriole bats slumped. T The Orioles rallied for one run in the 6th, and in the 7th, Mackenzie launched a bomb to the right field fence and then exploded around the base pads for a lead of triple, and would score on an error. However, the Orioles fell short and lost 5-3 to the Reds. Game MVP Honours went to Orioles short stop, Tim MacKinnon for outstanding defensive play.
In a contest that would only last six innings, the Orioles shellacked the North Kings Eagles 16–5. Literally every player scored. Pat Tetreault led the team and would receive the game MVP award; going 5 for 5 at the plate, driving in four runs as well as scoring five times himself. Dylan Hiltz went 3 for 4 at the plate, scored three runs and drove in two. With Holle behind the plate, as he did for every inning of every game in the tournament, and the combination of Mackay and Tyler Baird on the mound, the normally hard hitting Eagle’s batters were completely stymied throughout the entire game.
However, heavy rain overnight forced the tournament to be postponed and then rescheduled to continue the following weekend with all teams tied with a win and a loss each.
Again, the Orioles traveled to New Waterford to face the Windsor Knights on Saturday. The Knights scored early and often and took an 8–2 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning until Oriole bats took control of the game. The Orioles opened up with an onslaught of hits by Tetreault, Pelton, MacKinnon, Mackay, Kieran MacGillivray, and Gerry Holle, scoring six runs to tie the game at 8. The Eagles responded with one run in the top of the 7th and final inning, to take a 9–8 lead. In the bottom of the inning, sparked by a clutch Morgan Peters single, the Orioles once again rallied. Peters stole second base and scored on a Tetreault double to tie the game at 9. Singles by Pelton and MacKinnon loaded the bases with 1 out. With a rocket line drive shot down the right field line, MacKay delivered a dramatic walk off single, driving in Tetreault for the win. Mackay was also awarded the game MVP.
In the final, the Orioles once again faced the host New Waterford Reds who defeated them in game 1. In front of a large pro New Waterford crowd, the Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Through four innings, Pelton was stellar on the mound, allowing only two runs. MacKay took over in the fifth and continued where Pelton had left off. The game was highlighted by great defensive play. The Orioles defeated the Reds 5 – 2, claiming the provincial championship.
The Orioles also took home the individual awards hardware. For the second straight tournament, Kieran MacGillivray was awarded the tournament MVP award for his outstanding play at the plate, defensively, and pitching. Tim MacKinnon was the tournament’s top hitter. Eric Pelton claimed the tournament’s top pitcher award. Brett Quinn, despite, being sidelined by an injury he incurred during the provincial qualifier tournament, was on the bench for every game and practice since his injury. Dylan MacIntosh, although two years too old to play, took on the role as trainer and score keeper, and was a key component in weaving the 13 players into a team.
The Orioles complete their season with a 21-4-1 record against Midget A opponents. They were comprised entirely of kids originating from all 4 baseball associations in Pictou County.