© Dave Mathieson - Amherst News
The Bantam A Red Sox played an exhibition game against the Amherst Athletics Midget team Wednesday night in preparation for this weekend’s provincials. The Red Sox are: (front, from left) Brad Grey, Morgan Jobes, Mackenzie LeBlanc, Brandon Greeno, Blake Thompson, (back, from left) assistant coach Carl LeBlanc, Mike O’Brien, Caleb Coulson, Dylan Baker, Baiden Landry, Spencer Moreau, Chris Richards, head coach Bill Jobes and manager Darrell Cole. Missing is assistant coach Mike O’Brien and player Joel McCrossin.
AMHERST – Strong batting and pitching will carry a team far, and the Amherst Red Sox have plan to go far this weekend when they travel to Bedford for the Bantam AA provincial championships.
“We’re a strong hitting team,” said Red Sox coach Bill Jobes. “We hit the ball right through our order. Everybody hits the ball. We don’t have any weak parts in our order, from top to bottom.”
They are also strong in the pitching department.
“We have seven pitchers,” said Jobes. “We have five strong pitchers and we have two others who can go in and pitch some innings for us.
“Most of the tournaments we’ve been in this year people run out of pitchers,” he added. “When we finish tournaments we have three or four kids who can pitch 95 (pitches). That’s where we’re deep.”
Besides good hitting and pitching, the Red Sox also have good chemistry.
“Most of them played little league together, so most of them have played together for a lot of years,” said assistant coach Carl LeBlanc.
They also have two players from Truro, Caleb Coulson and Chris Richards, where there is no Bantam program.
“They’re ready to play ball 100 percent all the time and they fit in with the team,” said LeBlanc. “It’s like they’re from here, and Caleb’s father and grandfather are both from Amherst.”
The Red Sox will face four other teams in Bedford - Cape Breton, Shelburne, New Glasgow and Tri-County, which is the host team.
“We’ve played two of them,” said Jobes. “We beat them throughout the season. We haven’t seen the other two teams but we’re confident going in.”
Jobes also thanked for the outside support they’ve been given throughout the season.
“Shane O’Byrne has been out to help the pitchers,” said Jobes. “It’s good to see the younger guys who came up through the system come out and volunteer their time with the kids.”