Yarmouth Peewee AA Gateways win Atlantic championship

Published on September 14, 2014

Yarmouth Pizza Delight Peewee AA Gateways are Atlantic champions.

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

www.thevanguard.ca

 

The Yarmouth Pizza Delight AA Gateways, already league and Nova Scotia provincial champions, have now added an Atlantic championship to their 2014 season résumé.

The Gateways, representing Nova Scotia, won the peewee AA baseball Atlantics championship with a 5-4 win over New Brunswick (Sackville) on Sunday morning, Sept. 14, in Woodstock, N.B.

The Atlantics win caps off an impressive and successful season for the Gateways, who went undefeated in their regular season and also at provincials. They lost just one game during Atlantics, which would have been their second to last game of the season.

The Gateways finished with a season record of 27 wins and one loss. The team went 18-0 in the Bluenose League to win the league title. The Gateways went 5-0 at provincials to win the Nova Scotia title and went 4-1 in Atlantics to win the Atlantic title.

Looking at the team’s success, head coach Paul MacDonald credits his players with believing in themselves and all the hard work they put into the season for their successful.

“Even when the team faced adversity they perservered no matter the situation,” he says, also crediting his coaching staff of Mark Nickerson and Fred Charles for the team’s success. “We seem to balance each other out. I would say that this group of kids is one of the most balanced teams that I have ever been around, with solid pitching and defense, as well as solid but timely hitting. Every game someone would pick someone up, whether it be at the plate or on the field.”

 

The following is a recap of the Atlantics games:

 

• Game 1: Yarmouth 21 vs PEI 2

Ethan Olsen had a single, Bradley LeBlanc had a single, Ben Charles had a double and a single, Max Nickerson had two singles, Teagan Scott had a single, Nolan MacDonald had three singles, Nathan Webber had two singles, Brandon Carroll had a double, Logan Sweeney had two singles, Ryan Semple had a single. Player of the Game: Nolan MacDonald

• Game 2: Yarmouth 19 vs NFLD 6

Ethan Olsen had a double, Max Nickerson had a triple and a single, Teagan Scott had two doubles and a single, Nathan Webber had two doubles and a single, Isaac Moore had a single, Jeremy Charles had two singles, Brandon Carroll had a triple and a single. Player of the Game: Teagan Scott

• Game 3: Yarmouth 11 vs Woodstock NB 10 (Extra Innings)

Ethan Olsen had a single and game winning double, Bradley LeBlanc had a double, Ben Charles had a single, Max Nickerson had two singles, Nathan Webber had two singles, Brandon Carroll had a single, Ryan Semple had a single. Player of the Game: Jeremy Charles

• Game 4: Yarmouth 4 vs Sackville NB 6

Ethan Olsen had a single, Bradley LeBlanc had a double, Ben Charles had a double, Max Nickerson had two singles, Teagan Scott had a triple and a double, Isaac Moore had a single, Nolan MacDonald had a single. Player of the Game: Ben Charles

• Game 5: Championship Yarmouth 5 vs Sackville NB 4

Ethan Olsen had two homeruns, Ben Charles had a single, Max Nickerson had two doubles, Teagan Scott had a single, Nathan Webber had a single and a double, Isaac Moore had a single, Jeremy had a single, Ryan Semple had a double. Player of the Game: Ethan Olsen

• In the skills completion Nathan Webber won the accuracy throw while the team won the Around the Horn Competition. Coach Paul MacDonald won the homerun derby for the coaches, hitting four dingers.

 

QUICK GLANCE

 

Team roster:

Logan Sweeney

Ethan Olsen

Brandon Carroll

Bradley LeBlanc

Teagan Scott

Nolan MacDonald

Max Nickerson

Ben Charles

Jeremy Charles

Nathan Webber

Ryan Semple

Isaac Moore

Head coaches: Paul MacDonald

Assistant coaches: Mark Nickerson, Fred Charles. Manager: Angela Nickerson