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Shamrocks narrowly win league championship


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It was a tournament that kept players and fans on their toes.

The Hantsport Shamrocks are now at eight and counting in consecutive Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Championship titles, but the 2012 trophy did not come easy as the Shamrocks lost their opening game of the double-elimination tournament to the fourth place Yarmouth Gateways by a score of 6-5. 

The Shamrocks advanced to the championship with an early morning 6-1 win over the Noel Road Blue Jays, but the hard work was far from over. 

The Shammies went into Sunday’s do or die showdowns needing three wins to keep their league championships winning streak alive – and Yarmouth didn’t make it easy to secure the last two.

Fans were treated to some heart-stopping, spectacular baseball that saw the home team clinching two one-point victories — 3-2 and 5-4 — in games forced into nine innings. 

Yarmouth squeaked into the playoffs after the second place Pictou County Albions informed league officials they could not come to Hantsport this past weekend because many of their players were involved in a large wedding that had been planned months in advance.

The Noel Road Blue Jays were hoping to advance to the championship game after losing to Hantsport in last year's final.

The Jays started strong with an 11-1, five-inning mercy rule victory over the Windsor Knights. The Knights were eliminated quickly, losing two straight to Noel Road and Hantsport, but the Blue Jays also ran into some difficulties against the Yarmouth Gateways, which resulted in the two remaining Hants County teams squaring off for the right to play Yarmouth in the finals. 

 

 

Locals selected as All-Stars

The three Hants County teams are well represented on the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League’s 2012 All-Star and Gold Glove teams.

Noel Road second baseman Darrell McLellan and shortstop Kenny Miller were named to both teams, while Shamrocks third baseman Adrian Lloy was named to the All-Star Team.

Aaron MacPhee, of Noel Road, was the Gold Glove third baseman. 

All-Star outfielders Gold Glove team members were Alex Patterson, from the Windsor Knights, and Mike King of Hantsport.  

The Jays’ Damon Blois and Matt Lloy, of the Shamrocks, were both named All-Star pitchers and appointed to the league's Gold Glove team. 

Other Gold Glove Team members from Hants County included Hantsport catcher Jed Martin, pitcher Joey Gaudet and first baseman Deron Moores.

It was a tournament that kept players and fans on their toes.

The Hantsport Shamrocks are now at eight and counting in consecutive Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Championship titles, but the 2012 trophy did not come easy as the Shamrocks lost their opening game of the double-elimination tournament to the fourth place Yarmouth Gateways by a score of 6-5. 

The Shamrocks advanced to the championship with an early morning 6-1 win over the Noel Road Blue Jays, but the hard work was far from over. 

The Shammies went into Sunday’s do or die showdowns needing three wins to keep their league championships winning streak alive – and Yarmouth didn’t make it easy to secure the last two.

Fans were treated to some heart-stopping, spectacular baseball that saw the home team clinching two one-point victories — 3-2 and 5-4 — in games forced into nine innings. 

Yarmouth squeaked into the playoffs after the second place Pictou County Albions informed league officials they could not come to Hantsport this past weekend because many of their players were involved in a large wedding that had been planned months in advance.

The Noel Road Blue Jays were hoping to advance to the championship game after losing to Hantsport in last year's final.

The Jays started strong with an 11-1, five-inning mercy rule victory over the Windsor Knights. The Knights were eliminated quickly, losing two straight to Noel Road and Hantsport, but the Blue Jays also ran into some difficulties against the Yarmouth Gateways, which resulted in the two remaining Hants County teams squaring off for the right to play Yarmouth in the finals. 

 

 

Locals selected as All-Stars

The three Hants County teams are well represented on the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League’s 2012 All-Star and Gold Glove teams.

Noel Road second baseman Darrell McLellan and shortstop Kenny Miller were named to both teams, while Shamrocks third baseman Adrian Lloy was named to the All-Star Team.

Aaron MacPhee, of Noel Road, was the Gold Glove third baseman. 

All-Star outfielders Gold Glove team members were Alex Patterson, from the Windsor Knights, and Mike King of Hantsport.  

The Jays’ Damon Blois and Matt Lloy, of the Shamrocks, were both named All-Star pitchers and appointed to the league's Gold Glove team. 

Other Gold Glove Team members from Hants County included Hantsport catcher Jed Martin, pitcher Joey Gaudet and first baseman Deron Moores.

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