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The New Glasgow U13 DQ Blizzards lift the banner. In front from left are: Landon Steele, Robert Hollis, Harley Clarke, Maddux MacKenzie, Corbin MacDonnell, Ethan MacKay, Derrick MacKay and Wyatt Spence. In back are: assistant coach Casey Spence, Ayden Brezinski, Issac Haines, Keinon Bourque-Decoste, Marshall Brown, Lachie MacDonald, head coach Bill MacKenzie and assistant coach Freddy MacKay.
The New Glasgow U13 DQ Blizzards lift the banner. In front from left are: Landon Steele, Robert Hollis, Harley Clarke, Maddux MacKenzie, Corbin MacDonnell, Ethan MacKay, Derrick MacKay and Wyatt Spence. In back are: assistant coach Casey Spence, Ayden Brezinski, Issac Haines, Keinon Bourque-Decoste, Marshall Brown, Lachie MacDonald, head coach Bill MacKenzie and assistant coach Freddy MacKay. - contributed

SPRINGHILL, N.S. –

The New Glasgow U13 DQ Blizzards bagged an Atlantic championship this past weekend in Springhill, N.S.

Below is a recap of the Blizzards’ run to the title.

GAME 1

Blizzards 10, Springhill 6

In a rematch of the provincial final, Keinon Bourque-Decoste, Issac Haines and Harley Clarke shared pitching duties into the sixth inning and were able to keep Springhill off balance, striking out 10 in a well-pitched game. Landon Steele came on in the seventh to stop a Springhill rally and preserve the win. Wyatt Spence and Maddux MacKenzie singled, Marshall Brown and Derrick MacKay eached picked up a hit.

GAME 2

Blizzards 18, Newfoundland & Labrador 8

Derrick Mackay started with relief from Lachie MacDonald and Ayden Brezinski. Newfoundland jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Blizzards attack was too much. Bourque-DeCoste, Lachie MacDonald and Marshall Brown picked up two hits apiece. MacKenzie, Robert Hollis and Spence chipped in with singles.

GAME 3

Blizzards 16, New Brunswick 4

Maddux MacKenzie pitched 4 and 2/3 innings before handing the ball over to Wyatt Spence to record the final out in a game that was shortened due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ayden Brezinski homered and doubled, MacKenzie tripled, Landon Steele doubled, Lachie MacDonald single, Marshall Brown and Corbin MacDonnell had two hits apiece

GAME 4

Blizzards 5, P.E.I. 1

In a game that PEI needed to win to advance to the championship game, P.E.I. jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but couldn’t muster anything else against starting pitcher Corbin MacDonnell who pitched five innings giving up one run, before handing the ball over to Spence to finish the game. Landon Steele and Harley Clarke tripled, while Ayden Brezinski and MacKenzie doubled. Derrick Mackay chipped in with a single.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Blizzards 4, Springhill 3

Ayden Brezinski threw 5 and 2/3 innings and surrendered only two earned runs in a dominating performance. Springhill went up 1-0 in the 2nd inning, but New Glasgow answered two in their half of the inning with a leadoff double by Robert Hollis, an RBI double by Brezinski and an RBI single by Ethan MacKay.

In the third inning, after a one-out single by Maddux MacKenzie, Issac Haines hit a towering two-run homer to give the Blizzards a 4-1 lead. Springhill would get to within a single frun, but it was as close as Springhill.

Keinon Bourque-Decoste came on in relief in the sixth to hold them at bay and in the seventh, with Springhill having the tying runner on second, Bourique-DeCoste was able to get Reese MacDonald to ground out to Landon Steele at second base to end the game.

Tournament all-star team selections from New Glasgow. Shown are: Maddux MacKenzie (Top Infielder), Keinon Bourque-Decoste (Top Outifielder) and Issac Haines (Top Pitcher).
Tournament all-star team selections from New Glasgow. Shown are: Maddux MacKenzie (Top Infielder), Keinon Bourque-Decoste (Top Outifielder) and Issac Haines (Top Pitcher).

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