AMHERST – The Cole Harbour Cardinals exploded for six runs in the first inning and added three in the second to jump out to an early lead and defeat the Amherst Red Sox 13-4 in the championship game of the Carter’s Sports Cresting Bantam Baseball Tournament here Sunday.
The Cardinals banged out five hits in the first inning onslaught while Justin Beattie hit a two-run home run in the second. Cole Harbour put the game away with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before scoring two more in the sixth.
Christian MacDonald, who won the most valuable player award, singled and doubled for the Cardinals, Justin Stay tripled, Stone Dunn singled twice and Cody Casey, Cameron Gallant, Kris Warnell, Bryce Mason and Brandon Purcell each singled once.
Bradley Gray doubled for Amherst while Brady Davis, Connor Hoeg, Emmitt Smith and Carly Jackson each singled.
MacKenzie LeBlanc suffered the loss with Dylan Baker also pitching. Chris Warnell went the distance for Cole Harbour to pick up the win.
Brandon Greeno of Amherst was named the top hitter of the tournament while Justin Beattie of Cole Harbour was the top pitcher.
Amherst went 4-0 in the round robin, opening with a 20-18 win over the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls on Friday night.
LeBlanc singled twice and doubled and homered for Amherst while Greeno homered, doubled and singled and Hoeg homered and singled. Austin Hicks tripled and singled and Gray and Davis each singled twice and Mike O’Brien and Baker singled.
Hoeg, Blake Thompson, Davis and Emmitt Smith all pitched for Amherst in the win.
Greeno doubled three times and LeBlanc homered once and singled twice for Amherst in a 7-3 win over the Fredericton Royals.
Hoeg and Smith each singled twice and Davis singled once.
Hicks earned the win on the mound with Greeno also pitching.
Davis and LeBlanc doubled and Greeno singled twice in a 7-5 win over Cole Harbour on Saturday.
Hoeg, O’Brien, Smith and Morgan Jobes each singled for Amherst.
Greeno picked up the pitching win while LeBlanc and Smith also pitched for Amherst in the victory.
In their final round robin game, Cody Melanson earned the pitching win with Jobes going three innings in relief in an 11-4 win over the Clark’s Harbour Foggies.
Greeno hit three singles, Davis singled twice and LeBlanc doubled while Gray, Jobes and Melanson each singled once.
In other action, Cole Harbour defeated Clark’s Harbour 13-3, Clark’s Harbour defeated the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls 8-3, Cole Harbour defeated Fredericton 18-9, Fredericton defeated the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls 13-12, the Nova Scotia Bantam Girls defeated Cole Harbour 7-0 and Fredericton edged Clark’s Harbour 5-4.
Amherst returns to action on Tuesday when they host Parrsboro at the Lions Field at 6 p.m. Amherst is hosting Parrsboro, New Glasgow and Stellarton in the district tournament Aug 3-5 with the winner advancing to provincials in Aylesford on Aug. 24-26.