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Graduating players recall favourite Warrior moments

PARRSBORO – Last year’s Parrsboro boys slo-pitch team became the first to win a provincial championship. This year’s squad was the first to do it back-to-back.

On the heels of their second straight championship win with victory at provincials in Springhill on June 1, graduating Warriors Colby Eagles, Ryan Johnson, Zach Perrin and Colton Smith recalled their favourite memories representing their school on the ball field.

For Zach, the most dramatic moment came this year not in the final, in which they beat the Inverness Rebels 17-3, but in a hard-fought semi-final game against Middleton.

“It was the seventh inning, two outs, and Nic Warren got up to bat and hit a solo home run,” he said. “It was quite a moment.”

That home run put the Warriors ahead 4-3, and they held their opponents down in the bottom of the inning to claim the victory.

This season’s heroics aside, still nothing for the foursome tops their first provincial victory last year in Cape Breton.

“It wasn’t like this one, which was still a challenge through the year but the last game wasn’t as close,” said Colton. “Last year, provincials were really close, and it was our first banner, so there was more of an emotional attachment to it.”

Colby agreed, beating Inverness in their territory last year in a thrilling final game was an exciting time.

“It was my first time on a winning team, where we won a banner, the adrenaline was flowing, everyone was involved, we were there for each other… it’s something I’ll never forget,” he said.

Ryan couldn’t single out a specific memory, but said the overall experience will always stay with him.

“Over the years playing with a great bunch of guys, getting to know them, playing a lot of good-level ball, and going to the fields and easily seeing we were better than everyone if we played our game,” he said. “It was a good bunch, and winning the banners was awesome.”

The team finished its 2013 season with a record of 25-1, with their only loss coming in their final round-robin game against Inverness at provincials. They won their district and their region in impressive fashion, and competed at provincials for the seventh straight year.

Coach Matt Smith attributed the team’s success to a simple love for the game.

“They come to the field every practice, every game, and give 110 per cent,” he said. “When we do drills and practice they are always trying to improve their abilities. Plus, you can’t take away from the fact that they are a close-knit group and always support each other.”

The PRHS Warriors is comprised of the following players; Graduates, Colby “Bert” Eagles, Ryan “Freddy” Johnson, Zach Perrin & Colton Smith; Nic Warren, Jerry Boutilier, Noah Perrin, Kolby Benjamin, Grayson McCrindle, Seth Lake, Riley McCulley, Matthew Morris, Nick Leopold.  Coaches; Matt Smith, Charlene Smith, Evan Canning. 

Geographic location: Springhill, Inverness, Middleton Cape Breton Seth Lake

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