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Pasadena boys defeat Gander in championship game of mosquito AA provincials

Ryan Roberts gets some encouraging words for his fine pitching from Pasadena Pirates coaches Kevin Garnier, left, and Greg Whelan after a 7-1 win over the Grand Falls-Windsor Braves. The Pirates won 7-1 to finish with a 2-0 record on opening day of the three-day tournament that features nine teams from across the island.
Ryan Roberts gets some encouraging words for his fine pitching from Pasadena Pirates coaches Kevin Garnier, left, and Greg Whelan after a 7-1 win over the Grand Falls-Windsor Braves. The Pirates won 7-1 to finish with a 2-0 record on opening day of the three-day tournament that features nine teams from across the island.

The home team came out on top over the weekend at the provincial mosquito AA boys baseball championship.

The Pasadena Pirates won gold at the 2017 provincial AA mosquito baseball championship held recently at the Bennett Sports Complex in Pasadena. Three members of the Pirates who picked up individual awards include, from left, Liam Leefe (top defensive player), Marcus Kearsey (Tournament Most Valuable Player) and Josh Garnier (top pitcher). The Pirates defeated the Gander Pilots 5-3 in the championship game to earn the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Atlantic AA Mosquito Baseball Championship in Nova Scotia next month.

The Pasadena Pirates defeated Gander 5-3 at the Bennett Sports Complex on Sunday to cap off a perfect tournament in which they went 4-0 in the round robin. Other teams competing were Corner Brook, Bay St. George, St. John’s, Conception Bay South, Conception Bay North, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Paradise.
The Pirates downed Bay St. George, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Paradise during the round-robin portion.
Pasadena’s Marcus Kearsey was named tournament MVP, while teammates Liam Keefe and Josh Garnier earned best defensive player and best pitcher, respectively.
Ten-year-old Garnier said it felt awesome to win the championship and pick up best pitcher honours.
The son of Kevin and Vanessa had a simple, yet satisfying, answer for why his team came out on top.
“We always have lots of fun,” he said, noting he and his teammates felt they had a “good chance” of winning entering the weekend’s competition.
A pitcher since last year, Garnier enjoys closing out games and loves how crucial his job is to the team’s success.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” he said.
The Pirates will now represent the province at the mosquito AA Atlantic Championship in Nova Scotia in mid-September. The opposition will almost certainly be tougher, but Garnier wasn’t fazed by that.
“We’ll try our best and see what we can do,” he said.

The Pasadena Pirates won the mosquito AA provincial baseball championship over the weekend, defeating Gander 5-3 in the final. Members of the winning team are, from left, (front) Ben Cornick, Josh Garnier, Garrett Adams, Andy Brake-Seaward, Brayden Way and Ryan Roberts; (middle) Markus Kearsey, Liam Keefe, Anthony Molloy, James Urquhart, Kyle Fitzgerald and Jack Ryland; (back) coaches Don Keefe, Kevin Garnier, Lucas Brake-Seaward and Greg Whalen.

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