Schooners provincial champs after winning N.S. intermediate AA title

Published on September 8, 2017

The Island Traps Schooners, Nova Scotia intermediate AA baseball champions for 2017. Back row (from left): Stefan Newell, Ty Ross, Tristan Reede, Keith Nickerson, Devan Nickerson, Shayne Devine and coach Davis Nickerson. Front row: Travis Smith, Jeff Ross, Shannon Smith, Andy Swim and Brett Penney. Missing from photo: Justyn Newell, Jordan Messenger and Chad Hallett.

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CLARK'S HARBOUR -- The Island Traps Schooners capped off their 2017 season by winning the Nova Scotia intermediate AA baseball championship, going 3-0 in the tournament, which they hosted in Clark’s Harbour on the Labour Day weekend.

The Schooners defeated Hammonds Plains, Truro and the Pictou County Royals to capture the provincial banner.

First up for the Shelburne County club was Hammonds Plains and a game the Schooners finally put away in the seventh inning, winning it 14-13. Keith Nickerson and Tristan Reede pitched for the Schooners and Andy Swim was named the team’s game MVP.

Jeff Ross pitched a no-hitter for the Schooners in their next game, a 15-0 victory over Truro. Ross was named the game’s MVP.

Finally, the Shelburne County team was a 10-3 winner over the Royals. Shannon Smith, Rylie Nickerson and Tristan Reede pitched in this one, with Reede getting game MVP honours.

The Schooners’ Andy Swim – who had some clutch hits and a home run – was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Team MVP honours went to Shayne Devine and Keith Nickerson.

The provincials were held a week after the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League’s 2017 playoff tournament, in which the Schooners lost both their games.

The Schooners had posted a regular-season record of 13 wins and 11 losses, good for fourth place in the eight-team NSIBL.