[Editor’s note: In our Aug. 23 print edition, we incorrectly indicated Saturday games in the AGR championship tournament were scheduled for MacPherson Field in St. Andrews. They will actually take place at Pomquet Fire Department Field. We apologize for the error.]
The regular season champion Pomquet Acadians opened the 2017 AGR championship tournament Wednesday night (Aug. 23) with a pair of victories.
On their home field, the Acadians started with an 8-0, five-inning win over the Heatherton Warriors.
Donnelly Archibald struck out eight for the victory, while Adam Anderson (4K) took the loss.
Third baseman Jonah Wright led the Acadian offense with a two-run homerun and double.
In the nightcap, Mike Wolfe punched out six St. Josephs U-21 Chiefs en route to a convincing 13-1 win.
Logan Deyoung took the loss.
Mike Deon led Pomquet with a double and three RBI, while Logan Kennedy stroked an RBI double for St. Josephs.
At MacPherson Field in St. Andrews, the hometown Flyers started with a walk-off win, courtesy of a bases-loaded single by Kory Tate in the bottom of the seventh.
Tate also earned the victory in the 6-5 decision over the Chiefs.
Lawrence Macpherson took the loss.
In the final inning, Jason O’Leary, who also doubled earlier in the game, sparked the winning rally with a two-out triple to the wall in centre field.
After the Chiefs intentionally walked the next two hitters to set up a force play at any base, Tate sealed the deal with a line drive to left-centre field.
Dwayne Russell, with two doubles and two RBI, and lead-off hitter Dustin Landry, with two singles and an RBI, helped lead the St. Andrews attack.
For St. Josephs, Arnold Murphy belted a homerun, while Kennedy chipped in a single, double and RBI.
In the back half of that twin bill, the Guysborough Broadhorns defeated the Flyers 10-2.
Cory Avery started the offense rolling for Guysborough in the top of the first inning with a two-run bomb to deep left-centre field.
He also doubled, while striking out 14 for the pitching win.
Eriq Proctor took the loss.
Along with Avery, Joe Leblanc (two singles and two RBI), Tyler Richards (homerun and two RBI) and Aaron Connolly (two singles and two RBI) helped lead the Broadhorn offense.
For the Flyers, C. MacDonald homered, while Andrew MacIsaac singled twice and added an RBI.
Back in action
Championship tournament action will continue Friday (Aug. 25), at 7 p.m., with the Acadians facing the Flyers (St. Andrews) and the Broadhorns playing the Warriors (Pomquet).
At 9 p.m., the Chiefs and Warriors will clash (St. Andrews), while the Acadians will face the Broadhorns (Pomquet).
On Saturday, at 10 a.m., the Broadhorns will play the Chiefs, with the Warriors and Flyers on the diamond at noon.
In the playoff round, #1 will play #4 (2 p.m.), while #2 will face #3 (4 p.m.).
The semi-final winners will battle for the championship at 6 p.m.
All Saturday games will take place in Pomquet.