Thunder settles for consolation final victory

Dan Boyd
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The West Hants Bantam Thunder finished the Trenton Invitational Fastpitch Softball Tournament with a pair of wins over the host club. However, an opening game loss to East Hants resulted in the Thunder playing in the consolation final June 24 instead of the championship.  

The Thunder dropped an 11-5 game to East Hants in the tournament opener with East Hants. West Hants batters struck-out 11 times in the opening game. 

Offensively, Justin Crossley singled and scored a pair of runs while Bradley Thorne singled twice. Brandon Hamilton had a wild first inning of pitching but stayed on to pitch the second and third innings before Ryan Harvey came on to hurl the final four innings for West Hants.

Amber Harvey, who collected a base hit and scored a single run in the loss, was chosen the Thunder's Game MVP for her aggressive play.

Thunder spokesperson Toni Meehan said Amber Harvey had "a dynamite performance."

In the Thunder's second game, they knocked off Trenton 10-5 but it was close through a good portion of the game.

It took a bases loaded triple by Brendan Meehan with a drive to deep left field to salt the game away for West Hants in the seventh inning. Meehan also added a single. Crossley connected for three base hits while driving in a run and scoring another run.

The game did not start off well for the Thunder as four of their first five batters struck-out. Thorne was the winning pitcher in this game.

Braden Pinch was named Game MVP for West Hants.

In the consolation game Sunday, the Thunder were ready to play as they knocked off Trenton 12-1 in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Thunder scored three times in the first inning, five in the third and four more in the fourth. The big sluggers for the Thunder were Sam Palmer, who went two for three and scored a pair of runs, Cody Latreille, who slugged a pair of doubles and also scored two runs, Braden Pinch, who also went two for three with a triple and a single and a pair of runs scored. Meehan was chosen Game MVP for the Thunder. He had a single while scoring three runs.

Hamilton pitched three innings for the win and Ryan Harvey came on to pitch the final two innings.  

On Canada Day in St. Croix, the Thunder will collide with North River for a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m. 

Their next tournament action comes July 7-8 when they travel to Sheet Harbour.

Geographic location: Hants, North River, Sheet Harbour

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