Schooners getting ready for intermediate baseball league season

Published on May 15, 2017

Tristan Reede pitching for the Yarmouth Gateways in August 2015. The Gateways are not fielding a team this year in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League. Reede will play this season for the Shelburne County Schooners.

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BARRINGTON -- As they prepare for the 2017 Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League season, the Shelburne County Schooners should have most of their regulars back from last year, along with some new faces.

Officially known as the Island Traps Schooners powered by Sea Star Fisheries Ltd., the Shelburne County team went 14-12 last season, finishing third in the intermediate league standings. In the league’s year-end playoff tournament, they just missed a chance to play in the final and ended up third.

Three Schooner players were named league all-stars – outfielder Jordan Messenger and pitchers Shannon Smith and Jeffrey Ross.

The Schooners were runners-up in last year’s intermediate AA provincials in Hantsport, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Eastern Passage Pirates in the championship game.

The Schooners are entering their fourth year in the NSIBL and, for 2017 at least, they will be the league’s only tri-county entry, given that the Yarmouth Gateways are taking a year’s leave of absence, reportedly due a lack of players.

Tristan Reede, the Gateways’ number-one pitcher in recent years, is one of the Shelburne County team’s additions for 2017. Other new players are Travis Smith, Bobby Joe Nickerson, Bret Penney and Rylie Nickerson.

The Schooners, who are coached by Davis Nickerson and Trevor Swaine, are slated to play their first home games of the 2017 season June 11 against the Pictou County Royals. The Hantsport Shamrocks are scheduled to visit June 18. Start times are 1 and 3 p.m. (These are the scheduled start times for all of the team’s dates.)

Aside from Shelburne County and Hantsport, the NSIBL lineup this year includes the two Pictou County teams (Royals and Albions), Windsor, Noel Road, Kennetcook and Truro, which is a new entry.

The Schooners say they’re grateful to the Municipality of Barrington for funding to help make some improvements to the Sherose Island field, the Schooners’ home park.

The Schooners are partnering with the Barrington recreation department to offer youth/minor baseball camps this summer.

As it gets ready for a new season, the Shelburne County team makes a point of expressing thanks to its major sponsors – Island Traps Ltd. and Sea Star Fisheries Ltd. – and minor sponsor Wilson’s Home Hardware.