It was a day which started on a low note but finished on a high one for Team Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2013 15-Under (Bantam Boys) Championships in Vaughan, Ont. on Thursday.
Their tournament started with a loss 10-1 to Prince Edward Island, but the boys from the Rock were able to turn a poor performance at the plate around and pick up a win in a game later that afternoon against Manitoba, defeating them 2-1.
In the game against P.E.I., the entire team struggled at the plate with just three hits over seven innings with Colin Hunt of Team N.L. providing the best hitting percentage at the plate going 1-for-2.
Chris Kelly of Corner Brook started the game at first base and went 0-for-2 at the plate, while another Corner Brook native, Brad Greene — who started at second base — also struggled going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. The 10 runs on 11 hits were shared between three pitchers, but starter Ben Murphy was charged with the loss going two innings while surrendering four runs on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
In the later game against Manitoba — which neither Brad Greene nor Chris Kelly played in — Team N.L. was able to improve its offensive output and string together a total of eight hits, including a late rally in the two final innings to lead them to victory. Tyler Hennessey pulled through in replacement of Kelly at second, as he was the team’s top hitter going 2-for-4 with a run scored. It was Colin Hunt who threw a stellar game on the mound surrendering just one run over seven innings on two hits, two walks and striking out two.
Team N.L. is scheduled to take on Nova Scotia today at 10 a.m. N.L. time and then a rematch against Manitoba at 4 p.m.