By Tina Comeau
Ecole Par-en-Bas (PEB) won junior boys’ softball regionals on Wednesday, May 22, by defeating St. Mary’s Bay Academy in the championship game played in Windsor.
PEB defeated St. Mary’s Bay 27-13, with 11 of their runs scored in the last inning.
PEB had advanced to the championship game after defeating the host team West Hants, which had won regionals the previous three years.
“We were trailing throughout the first game, not far behind, maybe four runs at the most,” says coach Natalie d’Entremont. “Coming to the last inning, the bottom of the seventh, we were losing by one.”
With a runner on first base, the next batter for PEB threw down a bunt. The other team was playing back and was caught off guard.
“They pick up the ball and they throw it away,” says d’Entremont. PEB’s runner scores from first base and the batter makes it to third base on his bunt. The next batter hit the ball deep in the outfield, allowing PEB’s runner to tag up and score the winning run. The final score of the game was 17-16.
PEB advanced to regionals after defeating Maple Grove in districts. It was a short season for the PEB team, lasting only six weeks. Many of the players on the team don’t regularly play softball. Some had never played competitively before.