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Pasadena Pirates confident bunch heading to Atlantic mosquito AA baseball tournament

Andy Brake Seaward delivers a pitch against the Bay St. George Vikings with shortstop Marcus Kearsey ready on defence during a round-robin game at the 2017 provincial AA mosquito baseball championship held in Pasadena earlier this year.
Andy Brake Seaward delivers a pitch against the Bay St. George Vikings with shortstop Marcus Kearsey ready on defence during a round-robin game at the 2017 provincial AA mosquito baseball championship held in Pasadena earlier this year.

A small minor baseball association has done big things on the island so now it’s time to see how they hold their own on a bigger stage.

The Pasadena Pirates are poised to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the five-team Baseball Atlantic Under-11 boys baseball tournament in Nova Scotia this weekend.

The Pirates, undefeated in showdowns against AA Mosquito baseball teams on the island this past season, earned the right to represent the province at the Atlantic tournament by posting a 5-0 record at the provincial AA mosquito baseball tournament held earlier this year at the Bennett Sports Complex in Pasadena.

With a number of Pirates picking up individual awards for their performance, the Pirates gave the hometown fans something to cheer about when they beat the Gander Pilots 5-3 in the gold-medal showdown.

Don Keefe, one of the coaches for the Pirates, said his boys are eager to represent the province and want to give the other teams a competitive game of baseball.

He knows the calibre of baseball is going to be pretty good at the Atlantic level so he expects his team to have some tough games, but he believes his team has some really good players who are skilled in all facets of the game.

One of the biggest challenges for teams at this level is the depth of the pitching staff. At the provincial level, pitchers were limited to the number of innings they were allowed to pitch before a rest was required, but at this event there is a 24-pitch count limit for the young arms and a rest day to follow so it will be a test of survival in many respects.

“Maintaining the pitching — that’s the biggest challenge for us,” coach Keefe said.

Keefe isn’t too overly concerned about it though because it’s been the first time in a long time that a Pirates team has had six or seven guys who can be counted on to throw strikes and give the team a chance to win.

It’s a close-knit group who work together well on and off the field so coach Keefe expects a good showing from the boys and he expects they will make the most of the experience because it’s an exciting time for a group that never played at such a high level before.

“They are eager, hard-working boys so they are confident and they can’t wait to go,” coach Keefe said. “They want to go on a trip with their teammates, but they’re looking for their first game and I think we’re going to have a good time and the boys are going to work really hard.”

 

Name:  Joshua Garnier

Hometown:  Pasadena
Parents:  Kevin and Vanessa Garnier

Age: 10
Position:  Pitcher / 2nd base
Favourite baseball player: José Altuve of Houston Astros

Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Kyle Fitzgerald

Hometown: Deer Lake

Parents: Darren and Vicki Fitzgerald

Age:10

Position: Third base

Favourite baseball player: Russell Martin of Toronto Blue Jays

Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: James Urquhart
Hometown: Deer Lake
Parents: Craig and Krista Urquhart
Age: 11
Position: Left field/ First base
Favourite baseball player: Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs
Favourite baseball team:  Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Liam Keefe
Hometown: Pasadena
Parents: Don and Rhonda Keefe
Age: 11
Position: Catcher/Pitcher
Favourite baseball player: Salvador Pérez
Favourite baseball team:  Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Anthony Molloy
Hoemtown: Deer Lake
Parents; Colin and Lorraine Molloy

Age:11
Position: Right Field
Favourite baseball player: Kevin Pillar
Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Ryan Roberts
Hometown: St. Paul's
Parents: Denise Bennett and Malcolm Roberts
Age: 10
Position:  3rd base, catcher, pitcher, 2nd base
Favourite  player: Josh Donaldson
Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Brayden Way

Hometown: Anchor Point

Parents: Marty and Nicole Way

Age: 11

Position: 2nd Base

Favourite baseball player: Manny Machado

Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Ben Cornick

Hometown: Pasadena

Age:10

Parents: Andre and Shelley Cornick

Position: Outfield

Favourite Player: Kevin Pillar

Favourite Team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Garrett Adams

Hometown: Deer Lake

Parents: Glenn and Miranda Adams

Age: 9

Position: outfield, 3rd base

Favourite baseball player: Josh Donaldson

Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Jack Ryland

Hometown: Pasadena

Parents: Patti and Kirby

Age: 11

Position: Pitcher, 1st Base, Outfield

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays

Favourite player: Josh Donaldson

 

Name: Marcus Kearsey

Hometown: Deer Lake

Parents: Ed Kearsey and Kim Sheehan

Age: 11

Position: Shortstop

Favourite player: Aroldis Chapman

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays

 

Name: Andy Brake Seaward

Hometown: Pasadena

Parents: Carla Brake and Brian Seaward

Age: 10

Position: 1st base and pitcher

Favourite baseball player: Josh Donaldson

Favourite baseball team: Toronto Blue Jays

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