Every game played this past weekend was a dynamite effort by the Avon View Avalanche girls’ fast-pitch softball team, however they couldn’t muster a win.
The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s fast-pitch softball provincial championships were held at the St. Croix ball field June 6-7.
Tournament chair Kelly Harnish, who is also the head coach of the Avon View team, told the Hants Journal after Saturday's provincial championship game that the event “went off without a hitch."
As for his team's performance, Harnish said the girls “got off to a bad start but we persevered” and played well in their final two games.
“Our girls were under pressure because they were performing before an enthusiastic home audience, but they played well and kept their heads held high and were an exemplary host team,” Harnish said.
The following is an overview of the Avalanche games in the tournament.
Dalbrae defeats Avon View 11-5
In the opening game of the tourney, the Avalanche led 3-2 after one inning of play but could not contain the heavy bats brought forth by the Dalbrae Academy Lions. (The Lions were the eventual silver medalists of the tournament.)
The Avalanche scored their first three runs on a double, a walk and a single.
In the second inning, the Avalanche fell 6-5, as despite scoring twice on a pair of singles and a triple, Dalbrae scored four runs.
Following their six runs in the opening two innings, the Inverness County high school added a run in the third, two more in the fifth and three more in the sixth for the 11-5 win.
Avon View did not help themselves offensively by committing four errors.
Cole Harbour edges AV 13-12
The Avalanche fell behind 11-3 early in their game against the Auburn Drive High School Friday afternoon.
The Cole Harbour high school team seemed intent on securing a second consecutive provincial championship, which is something they eventually did by defeating Dalbrae 9-6 in the provincial championship game.
In their game with Avon View, Auburn scored four times in the first inning, added five more runs in the second while adding two more in the third and single runs in the fourth inning. The critical game-winning run came in the seventh inning on an Avon View error.
As for the Avalanche, after giving up the 11 runs, their fire was ignited as the team scored a pair of runs on no hits, added one more in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth on two singles and two walks before adding three more in the sixth thanks to an RBI double from Cherron Baker.
Going into the bottom of the seventh and trailing 13-12, they opened with a single before the next three batters were retired.
Without a doubt, this was the best game of the tournament but unfortunately, because of the loss, it put Avon View into a game to decide third place Saturday morning.
Gryphons take bronze match 7-4
The Avalanche trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the sixth but it was the North Nova Education Centre Gryphons who scored two additional runs and salted the game away 7-4.
The Avalanche scored three times in the third on a two-run triple off the bat of Olivia Lansing and RBI doubles by Emily Cleary and Kierston Campbell.
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Discipline likely for Avon View’s boys’ team
The Avalanche boys’ fast-pitch softball team is being investigated by the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation for not showing up at the provincial tournament in Shubenacadie.
The Windsor team had previously won a berth in the regional playoff action.
This was the second season that Avon View has bailed out on provincials. Last year, after agreeing to host provincials, the boys’ team bailed and asked Horton to be tournament host in St. Croix.
Darrell Dempster, the NSSAF executive director, told the Hants Journal he expected to have a disciplinary decision by the end of this week.