Following a thrilling 3-2 win over Barrington in Yarmouth to win the 2013 Western Zone NSSAF Baseball Championship, the Avon View Avalanche will now play host to provincials this weekend in Hantsport and Windsor.
Six teams from across Nova Scotia will be coming to the local area for play on Friday and Saturday. The opening two games of the tournament are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday morning, with Avon View playing Cole Harbour High in Windsor and CP Allen going up against Barrington in Hantsport.
The tournament's opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. at Tremaine Crescent with local politicians and NSSAF Officials expected to be in attendance.
The Avalanche's thrilling 3-2 win in the Western Zone Championship game came as a result of Barrington having the tying run at second place, only to be picked off second on a brilliant heads up play by the Avalanche's Wesley Kehoe, who threw a complete game win.
Evan Frank delivered a critical two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth for the Avalanche.
In the game the Avalanche won to advance to the Western Zone championship, Austin Sabean threw six and 2/3 innings for the Avalanche and Corey Whitney connected for a two-run double and drove in three runs as the Avalanche defeated Northeast Kings 7-5.
The Avalanche went 5-0 throughout the tournament, defeating Central Kings 15-5, Liverpool 7-1 and Barrington 3-2 in another trilling finish as Austin Sabean's delayed steal of home plate in the bottom of the seventh gave Avon View the win. Evan Frank hurled a two-hitter for the victory.
Avon View head baseball coach Kelvin Wallace told the Journal this past weekend "this is the first time Avon View has had a baseball team since 2004 so it is a privilege and an honour to host the 2013 NSSAF Provincials." Wallace added, "Avon View likes to scratch and bite for runs, as we play a small ball style of baseball."
Avon View's pitching depth is expected to carry them again this weekend, with Wallace saying, "whether it is Austin Sabean who is in Grade 10 or Wesley Kehoe, Evan Frank, Joe Beaton, Devon Dunfield or Reuben Hebb, we have seven quality pitchers we can use."