The Noel Road Blue Jays finished first in the league standings with a sparkling 19-5 record and should be the hosts. However, since Noel Road was chosen as the host site for the Under 15 AA Provincial Boys Baseball Championship, Windsor was asked by league officials if they could host the NSIBL championship.
The tournament schedule is as follows.
Saturday, August 27
9 a.m. — Pictou County Albions at Noel Road Blue Jays
Noon — Sherose Island Schooners at Windsor Knights
2 p.m. — Loser of game 1 versus loser of game 2
5 p.m. — Winner of game 1 versus winner of game 2
The tournament is a double knock-out affair, meaning a team will have to lose two games before being eliminated.
Two and potentially three more games will be played Aug. 28. The times set aside are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., if one team remains undefeated after the 12:30 game.
Did You Know
• Noel Road went 3-1 against the Pictou County Albions in regular season play, outscoring the Albions 38-24
• The Windsor Knights suffered three of their seven regular season losses to Sherose Island by scores of 3-2, 4-1 and 8-4. They won the fourth game of the season’s series 8-4.
• The defending league champions, the Yarmouth Gateways, did not make the playoffs this season, finishing 9-10. The Hantsport Shamrocks, a power-house for so many seasons, finished 9-15 and in fifth place — four points behind the fourth place Albions.
• The Blue Jays’ Shawn Marshall and the Knights’ Cory Whitney finished second and third in league batting averages. Marshall hit .451 and Whitney .421, both collecting 32 hits on the season. Marshall was also one of the top ranked pitchers in the league with a record of four wins, one loss and one save.
• Veteran Dave Swindall, of the Knights, went 5-1 and earned two saves.
• Craig Cameron, of the Albions, was the league’s top hitter as he hit .518 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.