CBN Bulldogs fall short in midget provincial title bid

Nicholas Mercer
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Published on July 07, 2014

The CBN midget Bulldogs brought home the silver medal from the Provincial AA Midget Championship held at Smallwood Field in Mount Pearl on July 6. The Bulldogs dropped the final to the St. John's Capitals 13-0. Members of the team are: front (l-r) — Jeremy Penney and Noah Wilson; middle — Zachary Parsons, Tyler Lundrigan, Ricky King, Eddie Donnelly and Nicholas Parsons; back — coaches David Coombs and Nicholas Mercer, Jordan Coombs, Bradley Riggs, Michael King, Zack Coombs, Stewart Brazil, Brady Adams, score keeper Josh Mercer and coach Scott Mercer. Missing from photo is Bradley Adams.

Published on July 07, 2014

CBN Bulldogs third baseman Jordon Coombs prepares for a ball hit his way.

Published on July 07, 2014

CBN Bulldogs pitcher Ricky King delivers to the plate during provincial midget baseball action at Stony Field Park in Long Pond on July 4.

Published on July 07, 2014

Bulldogs catcher Zack Coombs (second from right) was named the top defensive player of the tournament. Here, he is shown in his crouch awaiting the delivery of a pitch during semifinal action against the Corner Brook Barons.

Team drops final 13-0 to St. John's Capitals

In the game of baseball if your bats are not working one inning can sink you.

 

That’s exactly what happened to the Conception Bay North Bulldogs in the championship game of the under-18 Provincial AA Midget tournament July 6 at Smallwood Field in Mount Pearl.

The championship match pitted two undefeated teams against each other, and had to be moved from Stony Hill Park in Long Pond due to high winds.

Squaring off with the defending champion St. John’s Capitals, the Bulldogs surrendered 10 runs in the fourth inning. The final ended up 13-0 in a mercy-rule shortened five-inning affair.

The big inning by the Capitals came at a crucial point in the game. In the bottom of the third and trailing 3-0, CBN threatened with runners on second and third with two-out but failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Bulldogs starter Bradley Riggs was saddled with the loss, while Andrew Paul picked up the win for the Capitals.

After the game, Bulldogs catcher Zack Coombs was named the tournaments top defensive player.

 

Getting there

In the semi-final matchup with the Corner Brook Barons, the Bulldogs took a tight 7-6 victory. It took an impressive throw from outfielder Nicholas Parsons to seal the deal for CBN.

Parsons picked up an errant ball in left field in the bottom of the seventh and threw out what would have been the tying run at the plate.

The game was tied at 5-5 headed into the bottom of the sixth inning when third baseman Jordan Coombs led off the inning with a single. He would advance to third on a pair of errors by the Barons.

Zack Coombs smacked a triple to bring in Jordan and put the Bulldogs up 6-5. A groundout by Riggs plated Zack to put the Bulldogs up 7-5.

The Bulldogs got into a bit of trouble in the top of the seventh inning. After striking out the first two batters he faced, Riggs — in relief of starter Parsons — hit the next batter and walked the next on to give the Barons life.

Southpaw Noah Wilson replaced Riggs for the final batter of the inning before the Parsons throw to end the game.

 

The Round Robin

CBN started the tournament strong with a dominating 12-2 victory over Mount Pearl on July 4 at Stony Hill Park.

Upper Island Cove’s Ricky King threw a complete game for the Bulldogs, while CBN used a balanced attack at the plate to pace their offence.

In Game 2 on July 5, starter Zack Coombs made it back-to-back complete games for the Bulldogs as CBN defeated the Barons 13-3 to secure first-place in Pool B.

Despite the loss in the finals to the Capitals, CBN can count themselves as one the top teams in midget baseball in the province.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Capitals, Conception Bay North Bulldogs

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Stony Hill Park, St. John's Long Pond Upper Island Cove

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