The Guysborough Broadhorns captured the Eastern Canadian Men’s Intermediate Fastpitch Championship in Sydney this past weekend, making it two straight EC championships for the local team.
Guysborough went 5-1 in the tournament in defence of last year’s victory in PEI. The team was led by tournament MVP Cory Avery, top hitter Donnelly Archibald and Most Sportsmanlike player Elliott Wright.
The team lost their opening game to Eskasoni 5-2, but quickly regrouped to finish the round robin with a 3-1 record and first overall. Rene d’Entremont threw a one hitter against the Sydney Cardinals for a five inning 9-2 victory. Darcy Gillis had a home run to lead a nine hit team performance.
Game three saw the Broadhorns defeat the Alexander Street White Sox 5-3. Rene d’Entremont picked up the win with relief from Cory Avery, who also added a home run to seal the win.
The final game of the round robin saw Donnelly Archibald pick up the win with an 8-1, two hit win in five innings. Archibald added a home run, double and a single along a home run from Cory Avery. With the win the team advanced as the first seed in the playoff round, and defeated the White Sox 10 -2 to earn a trip to the championship game.
Cory Avery was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and striking out nine batters in another five inning victory. Elliott Wright had a single and a triple, Avery had another home run, James Connolly and Robbie Doiron added two hits each as every batter in the lineup had at least one hit in the solid team win.
In the final game, Rene d’Entremont, with relief help from Cory Avery nailed down the championship, defeating the Sydney Cardinals 9 – 4 to retain the Eastern Canadian Fastpitch title. Elliott Wight and Cory Avery homered, Robbie Doiron added a triple and two singles, Jonah Wright, Donnelly Archibald, Tristan Richard and James Connolly each had two hits as the team completed a successful summer with the Eastern Canadian Fastpitch Championship.
(With files from Paul Long)