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Kentville mosquito Wildcats' coach Don Mailman talks with his players during this past weekend's Mosquito AA provincials played in Kentville. The Wildcats battled hard, but were eliminated with a 7-4 loss to Glace Bay in the semifinals. Glace Bay and Sydney moved on to play for the provincial championship.
The host Kentville Wildcats gave it their best shot at mosquito AA baseball provincials Aug. 29-31 in Kentville, but were eliminated in the semifinals.
Glace Bay, which defeated Kentville 7-4 in one semifinal, took on Sydney, 13-6 winners over Bridgewater in the other semifinal, in Sunday’s provincial final.
The Wildcats didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, dropping their Aug. 29 opener to Bridgewater by a 10-0 score. The South Shore squad had a pair of five-run innings; otherwise, the Wildcats played reasonably well.
Kentville bounced back with a pair of wins on Saturday, 6-5 over Dartmouth and 9-5 over Halifax, to finish the round robin tied with Bridgewater and Halifax, all with 2-1 records. The Wildcats were awarded second place on the basis of runs allowed.
In the other pool, Glace Bay (3-0) and Sydney (2-1) advanced to the crossovers.
“One inning got us,” Wildcats’ coach Don Mailman said following the semifinal loss. “The kids played well, never said quit. We’re really proud of them. They had their rally caps on until the very end.”
Coach Trevor Croteau agreed. “They did well,” he said. "I’m proud of them. Any time you can place in the top-four in the province, there's nothing wrong with that.”
As for the tournament as a whole, Mailman termed it “perfect. We had great support from the town, and tournament co-chairs Dave Bell, past president of Kentville Minor Baseball, and Don Abbey did a great job with the organization.”
Mailman said he felt Sydney and Glace Bay deserved to be in the final. “The two best teams this weekend are in the final,” he said. “They deserve to be the last two teams still out there playing.”