ST. JOHN'S -The crack of the ball against the bat, it’s the second day of the Atlantic Championships and Team Nova Scotia, the Shelburne Bantam Basher’s AA are playing a spirited game.
Happy to be in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland competing against the best, they ignore the eight-degree temperatures.
Parents, coaches and even siblings cheer on Taylor Goodick as the ball soars over his head in centrefield. He snaps it up and executes a perfect throw to Bailey Bent on third for the out.
This is one of many great moments that led the boys to the Atlantic win, say coaches.
Despite coming home the Atlantic champions, the team was just scraped together less than two months before.
While most teams are formed and begin practicing from May on, this team didn’t begin until August.
“But they have been playing together since t-ball,” said one of the mothers of the players, Kelley Rennehan.
There were 11 players plus an affiliate, coaches, parents, grandparents and siblings, 40 in total, who boarded a chartered plane that travelled Yarmouth to Newfoundland last Thursday, Sept. 17.
Everyone was in good spirits and all were able to go thanks to some special donations and contributions.
“We didn’t have enough time to take on a fundraising project like this,” said Tom Jacklyn, one of the coaches. “It wouldn’t have happened without the corporate donations, local business support, barbeques and a special donation from a gracious former resident of Shelburne, Danny Guye who paid for our plane.”
One of the coaches Roddy Conrad, juggled his trip to Toronto to make sure he was in Newfoundland and Mason Bent came as an affiliate to bring the numbers up to twelve.
Michelle Butler and Kelley Rennehan organized all the details of the trip and they were off.
Shelburne won its first game against PEI six to two with Trevor Fehr the winning pitcher and MVP.
They also picked up a win in their second game versus St. John’s by a 5-4 score with Taylor Goodick as the winning pitcher and Connor Goodick as MVP.
They lost their third game 4-3 against the home team, Mount Pearl. Tyson Hartley was the pitcher and Kobe Jacklyn was MVP.
Despite the loss they were heading into the championship game of the tournament with two wins and would be going head to head against a team they had already beat their first game.
Their spirits were soaring.
“Our bats came to life,” said Jacklyn. “We knocked their ace pitcher out of the game and they had to bring in a reliever.”
They cruised through six and a half innings and finished with a diving play that won them the Atlantics. The 9-3 victory for Shelburne saw Trevor Fehr claiming both the MVP and winning pitcher title for the final game.
Afterwards, the team and supporters travelled up to Signal Hill for photos and took a victory lap downtown St. John’s.
Players will once again take a victory lap but this time in Shelburne where they will celebrate their win of the Atlantics with a parade to be held on Water Street on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.