<p>The host Yarmouth Chris Scott Construction Gateways (left to right, front) Luke MacLeay, Sam Hope, Caleum Hines, Jared Pitman, Braeden Hipson, Blake Newell, Drew Jeffery, (Back) Cory Saulnier assistant coach, Brady Saulnier, Colby Saulnier, Cameron Barnes, Ben Lyons, Drew Muise, Keith Bridgeo head coach.</p>
©Ken Chetwynd photo
YARMOUTH – It's a weekend of provincial championship baseball as Yarmouth plays host to the 2016 mosquito AA provincials Aug. 26-28.
Eight teams are slated to take part in the tournament, including the host Yarmouth Chris Scott Construction Gateways, who will be in Pool A, along with Sydney, Tri-County (Bedford) and Hammonds Plains. Pool B will consist of Hants North, Halifax, Dartmouth and Glace Bay.
Games will be played at the Mariners and St. Ambrose fields. The action starts Friday (Aug. 26) at 2:30 p.m., with play continuing Saturday (Aug. 27) and then the tournament wrapping up Sunday (Aug. 28) with semifinals at 9 a.m. and the title game at 12:30 p.m.
There will be an opening ceremony Friday at 7:30 p.m. and a skills competition Saturday at 7 p.m., both at Mariners field.
Said Jake MacLeay, the tournament chair, “We’ve received a lot of support from the community."
Keith Bridgeo, head coach of the Chris Scott Construction Gateways, says the team has worked hard and has gotten better.
“I think we’ll do as well as our hitting will allow us,” he said. “Our pitching’s been pretty good. Our defence has improved. We’re hoping to make a good showing.”
Asked if the players were looking forward to the event, he said, “I think they’re pretty excited.”
Bridgeo – whose assistant coaches are Cory Saulnier, Scott Jeffery and Earl Hope – says organizers hope the tournament will be a good experience for all participants.
The one thing out of organizers’ hands, as always, is the weather.
Said MacLeay, “That’s the ultimate unknown. We hope it stays (nice) enough to get all our games in. We just hope for a great weekend of ball.”
The following is the tournament schedule:
FRIDAY, AUG. 26
2:30 p.m. Yarmouth vs Hammonds Plains, St. Ambrose field.
2:30 p.m. Hants North vs Halifax, Mariners field.
5 p.m. Tri-County vs Sydney, St. Ambrose.
5 p.m. Dartmouth vs Glace Bay, Mariners.
7:30 p.m. opening ceremonies, Mariners.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27
9 a.m. Yarmouth vs Tri-County, St. Ambrose.
9 a.m. Hants North vs Dartmouth, Mariners
11:30 a.m. Hammonds Plains vs Sydney, St. Ambrose.
11:30 a.m. Halifax vs Glace Bay, Mariners.
2 p.m. Yarmouth vs Sydney, St. Ambrose.
2 p.m. Hants North vs Glace Bay, Mariners.
4:30 p.m. Hammonds Plains vs Tri-County, St. Ambrose.
4:30 p.m. Halifax vs Dartmouth, Mariners.
7 p.m. skills competition, Mariners.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28
9 a.m. second in pool B vs first in pool A, St. Ambrose.
9 a.m. second in pool A vs first in pool B, Mariners.
12:30 p.m. championship (winners of two previous games play each other).