Kentville hosting Mosquito AA baseball provincials this weekend

John Decoste
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The Kentville mosquito AA Wildcats baseball team are hosting their provincial championship this weekend on the Little League and peewee fields of Kentville’s Memorial Park complex.

The Wildcats are welcoming Bridgewater, Halifax, Dartmouth, Weymouth, Stellarton, Glace Bay and Sydney as part of the three-day, eight-team event that got underway Friday afternoon, Aug. 29 and continues through Sunday.

“It’s awesome hosting provincials,” said 10-year-old second-year player Aidan MacLeod, who also plays hockey but “likes everything about baseball.”

The Wildcats had “a pretty good year” leading up to provincials, winning 26 of their 35 games, including an 18-7 record in league play, good for a second-place finish behind Bridgewater.

Jacob Corbin, 11, agreed hosting provincials was “awesome.” In his third year in mosquito and second year with the AA team, Corbin, too, “loves everything about baseball. It’s a great sport.”

Like most of his teammates, Corbin plays all over the field – “first base, third base, the outfield” – and even takes his turn pitching due to the fairly strict pitch count limits at the mosquito level which require teams to use a lot of pitchers.

He is “looking forward to moving up to peewee next year” along with several of his teammates.

Liam Keats, 11, is also in his third year in the mosquito division and second with the AA team. “It’s fun,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen next, and it’s really great to be part of a team.”

Emmitt Mailman, 11, is also in his third year in mosquito and second on the AA team. ”It’s fun,” he said, adding that at this level, “you get to play all over the place, even pitch.” He admitted, “I love the game, and I really love hitting the ball.”

Tyler Croteau, 10, is also in his third year in mosquito, and his second year with many of the same teammates, who he likes playing with. “It’s great to get to host provincials,” he said. “I love the sport, and I love being part of this team.”

The Wildcats were blanked by Bridgewater in their first game Friday, but were looking to bounce back with a pair of wins Saturday. Kentville plays Dartmouth Saturday at 9 a.m. and Halifax Saturday at 2 p.m.

The tournament continues all day Saturday (the final game starts at 5 p.m.), with the semifinals set for Sunday morning and the final for 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to come out to the Kentville Little League and peewee fields and check out the future of baseball in our area and around the province.

Organizations: Wildcats, Little League

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Kentville’s Memorial Park, Glace Bay Sydney

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