The Shelburne County Wilson’s Reds came away from the N.S. Bantam AA Baseball Championships with a second place finish, which earned them a spot in the Atlantic Championship Tournament in Yarmouth, Sept. 12-14.
In their opening game the host Reds edged the Yarmouth Gateways 7-6. Winning pitcher for the Reds was Zack Nickerson. Game MVP Dawson Atkinson and Connor Goodick paced the offense with two singles each, while Andy Bradley added an RBI triple.
The Reds continued to roll with an 11-10 win over the Sydney Sooners in game two. Game MVP Trevor Fehr earned the win on the bump, while belting two singles and 3 RBI at the plate. Andy Bradley and Tanner O’Connell added two singles each.
Game three saw the Reds suffer a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Truro Bearcats. Game MVP Zack Nickerson suffered the loss on the mound for the Reds, despite a complete game pitching performance. Daniel Slack and Trevor Fehr had two singles at the plate.
In their final round robin contest, the Reds dumped the Halifax Mets 5-2 to clinch a berth into the championship game. Game MVP Andy Bradley racked up 13 strikeouts for the mound victory, and added two singles at the plate, with Connor Goodick slamming a triple.
The 3-1 record for the Reds setup an all Southwest Nova final versus the neighbouring Yarmouth Gateways. With Yarmouth as host, this meant an automatic berth for the Reds at the Atlantic Championship Tournament. The final game had the Gateways dump the Reds 9-6 to claim the 2014 provincial title. The Yarmouth squad jumped out to a 9-1 lead after the top of the fifth, and held on despite a late charge by the host Reds infront of a big hometown crowd. Connor Goodick suffered the loss on the bump for the Reds. Tanner O’Connell paced the bats with a double and a single, with Tanner Bateman adding two singles.
“It wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for in the final, but credit goes to Yarmouth. They hit the ball very well all weekend,” said Coach Andrew Holland. “Our boys have played well the entire summer, earning two silvers, two tournament titles, and now a chance at an Atlantic Championship. The players have a lot of respect for Yarmouth, as they have battled a lot in the past few years, but we are looking forward to the chance at redemption in Atlantics.”
This gives the Reds a season record of 27-9. The Shelburne County squad captured tournament titles in Dartmouth and Summerside in July.
They will compete for the Atlantic title Sept. 12-14. Joining the Reds and host Yarmouth Gateways, are Mount Pearl from Newfoundland, Chatham representing New Brunswick, and the PEI Stratford Athletics, the champions from Prince Edward Island.