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Noel Road Blue Jays win NSIBL championship


WINDSOR - The Noel Road Blue Jays took back the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Championship trophy after defeating the Windsor Knights 4-2.

The Windsor Knights, who hosted the championship, defeated the Sherose Island Schooners 4-2 and beat the Noel Road Blue Jays once, before losing to them in a sudden death match on Aug. 28.

The Noel Road Blue Jays previously won the championship in 2014, after losing it to the Yarmouth Gateways in 2015.

The Windsor Knights have yet to win an NSIBL championship.

Matt Wiseman, the catcher and founding member of the Noel Road Blue Jays, said it felt good to get the trophy back.

“As soon we got the bats going and got a head of them, we were back on track,” he said. “The attitude changed on the bench.”

Justin Campbell, also with the Noel Road Blue Jays, pitched the win and was named game Most Valuable Player after allowing nine hits. The Blue Jays scored three times in the fifth inning, with Nate McCulloch’s RBI double helping out.

Wiseman said he was happy to see a large contingent of Noel Road fans show up at the game.

“Windsor’s team this year… is the best one I’ve seen in 10 years,” he said.

Kenny Miller, Noel Road’s second baseman, agreed with Wiseman.

“They do the little things right,” he said.

“They’ve done a hell of a job of building up a great team,” Miller continued.

“It was tough; you never like to go to that second game, but Windsor played hard and fought hard for it,” Miller said. “We had some tough breaks and they just played really well.”

The teams aren’t done yet. Provincials were slated to be held Sept. 3-4 in Dartmouth. Both the Noel Road Blue Jays and Windsor Knights will be playing.

Jason Hanes, with the Windsor Knights, said he was pleased with the team’s performance despite the loss during the second game against Noel Road.

“We had one bad inning and the three runs in that inning cost us the game,” Hanes said.

“Other than that, we had a pretty good weekend. We pushed them right to the brink. I was pretty happy with how things went,” he continued.

 

“It’s definitely the strongest we’ve ever been and we’ve got a good group of new guys,” he said. “We’ll continue to build and keep it up for a long time to come.”

Hanes said he was impressed by the Knight’s stamina after playing three games in a row.

“We knew we were going to need to play three games to win,” he said. “We’re going to get ready for next year.”

 

 

NSIBL award winners

The following awards were presented to local NSIBL players.

Gold Glove Catcher — Matt Wiseman — Noel Road

First Base All-Star and Gold Glove — Mike White — Noel Road

Second Base All-Star and Gold Glove — Cory Whitney — Windsor Knights

Shortstop All-Star and Gold Glove — Paul Humphreys — Windsor Knights

3rd Base Gold Glove — Shawn Marshall — Noel Road

Outfield All-Stars and Gold Glovers — Alex Patterson — Windsor Knights and Nate McCulloch — Noel Road

Outfield Gold Glove — Roland Provencal — Hantsport Shamrocks

Pitcher All-Star and Gold Glovers — Jason Hanes and Dave Swindall — Windsor Knights

2016 NSIBL Top Pitcher — Dave Swindall — Windsor (tied with Jeff Ross from Sherose Island with five wins)

Most Valuable Player: Shortstop — Shawn Marshall — Noel Road

Coach of the Year — Jason Hanes — Windsor

 

Hall of Fame 

Deron Moores, a recently retired player with Hantsport Shamrocks, was one of three inductees into the NSIBL Hall of Fame. He was the only local inductee.

Moores was described by NSIBL President Barry Anderson as, "one of the classiest Shamrocks” to ever wear the ‘Shammie green’ in the past decade.

Moores was one of the most feared hitters in a very potent Shamrocks line-up as they racked up league title after league title since he joined the club in 2002.

He was the batter who came through time after time with runners in scoring position.

When playoffs rolled around, Moores was quite often at the top of the list in runs batted in — a real clutch hitter.

Moores was a perennial Gold Glove at first base. He made playing the position look easy and he set the gold standard for all players to follow.

Moores was inducted into the NSIBL Hall of Fame as a player.

 

With notes from Dan Boyd

The Windsor Knights, who hosted the championship, defeated the Sherose Island Schooners 4-2 and beat the Noel Road Blue Jays once, before losing to them in a sudden death match on Aug. 28.

The Noel Road Blue Jays previously won the championship in 2014, after losing it to the Yarmouth Gateways in 2015.

The Windsor Knights have yet to win an NSIBL championship.

Matt Wiseman, the catcher and founding member of the Noel Road Blue Jays, said it felt good to get the trophy back.

“As soon we got the bats going and got a head of them, we were back on track,” he said. “The attitude changed on the bench.”

Justin Campbell, also with the Noel Road Blue Jays, pitched the win and was named game Most Valuable Player after allowing nine hits. The Blue Jays scored three times in the fifth inning, with Nate McCulloch’s RBI double helping out.

Wiseman said he was happy to see a large contingent of Noel Road fans show up at the game.

“Windsor’s team this year… is the best one I’ve seen in 10 years,” he said.

Kenny Miller, Noel Road’s second baseman, agreed with Wiseman.

“They do the little things right,” he said.

“They’ve done a hell of a job of building up a great team,” Miller continued.

“It was tough; you never like to go to that second game, but Windsor played hard and fought hard for it,” Miller said. “We had some tough breaks and they just played really well.”

The teams aren’t done yet. Provincials were slated to be held Sept. 3-4 in Dartmouth. Both the Noel Road Blue Jays and Windsor Knights will be playing.

Jason Hanes, with the Windsor Knights, said he was pleased with the team’s performance despite the loss during the second game against Noel Road.

“We had one bad inning and the three runs in that inning cost us the game,” Hanes said.

“Other than that, we had a pretty good weekend. We pushed them right to the brink. I was pretty happy with how things went,” he continued.

 

“It’s definitely the strongest we’ve ever been and we’ve got a good group of new guys,” he said. “We’ll continue to build and keep it up for a long time to come.”

Hanes said he was impressed by the Knight’s stamina after playing three games in a row.

“We knew we were going to need to play three games to win,” he said. “We’re going to get ready for next year.”

 

 

NSIBL award winners

The following awards were presented to local NSIBL players.

Gold Glove Catcher — Matt Wiseman — Noel Road

First Base All-Star and Gold Glove — Mike White — Noel Road

Second Base All-Star and Gold Glove — Cory Whitney — Windsor Knights

Shortstop All-Star and Gold Glove — Paul Humphreys — Windsor Knights

3rd Base Gold Glove — Shawn Marshall — Noel Road

Outfield All-Stars and Gold Glovers — Alex Patterson — Windsor Knights and Nate McCulloch — Noel Road

Outfield Gold Glove — Roland Provencal — Hantsport Shamrocks

Pitcher All-Star and Gold Glovers — Jason Hanes and Dave Swindall — Windsor Knights

2016 NSIBL Top Pitcher — Dave Swindall — Windsor (tied with Jeff Ross from Sherose Island with five wins)

Most Valuable Player: Shortstop — Shawn Marshall — Noel Road

Coach of the Year — Jason Hanes — Windsor

 

Hall of Fame 

Deron Moores, a recently retired player with Hantsport Shamrocks, was one of three inductees into the NSIBL Hall of Fame. He was the only local inductee.

Moores was described by NSIBL President Barry Anderson as, "one of the classiest Shamrocks” to ever wear the ‘Shammie green’ in the past decade.

Moores was one of the most feared hitters in a very potent Shamrocks line-up as they racked up league title after league title since he joined the club in 2002.

He was the batter who came through time after time with runners in scoring position.

When playoffs rolled around, Moores was quite often at the top of the list in runs batted in — a real clutch hitter.

Moores was a perennial Gold Glove at first base. He made playing the position look easy and he set the gold standard for all players to follow.

Moores was inducted into the NSIBL Hall of Fame as a player.

 

With notes from Dan Boyd

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