Fencebusters compete in provincials this weekend

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Published on August 29, 2013

Fencebusters parade through Springhill.

Published on August 29, 2013

Fencebusters Bantam and Mosquito Fencebusters pose in front of a sign with the names of famous Fencebusters from the past.

Published on August 29, 2013

Wearing the names of old-time Fencebusters on their jerseys, today's Fencebusters look to match the name on their jersey with the name on the sign.

Published on August 29, 2013

Jim Melanson, who has coached baseball in Springhill for more than 30-years, holds up a photo of the 1927 Fencebusters. They are: (from left) Zeddy Welton, Charlie Merlin, Ackie Allbon, Freddie O'Brien, Bill Wilson, manager James Conway, Jack Fraser, George 'Brownie' Burden, ‘Red’ Gallagher, mascot Neil Noiles, Eddie Emberly, Fred Hawker, and Doug Lorimer.

Published on August 29, 2013

A closer look at the 1927 Fencebusters. They are: (from left) Zeddy Welton, Charlie Merlin, Ackie Allbon, Freddie O'Brien, Bill Wilson, manager James Conway, Jack Fraser, George 'Brownie' Burden, ‘Red’ Gallagher, mascot Neil Noiles, Eddie Emberly, Fred Hawker, and Doug Lorimer.

SPRINGHILL – It’s a busy provincial championship weekend for Springhill Fencebusters baseball.

The Bantam A Fencebusters and the Mosquito A Fencebuster’s are taking part in the provincial championships beginning Friday.

The Bantam Fencebusters host the provincials in Springhill and the Mosquitos travel to Clarke’s Harbour.

On Wednesday people encouraged both teams as they paraded down Main Street Springhill.

The two teams finished their march at the entrance to the ball field parking lot where a sign was recently erected with names of famous Fencebusters from year’s past – and then they had their pictures taken by the gathered crowd.

Springhill mayor Max Snow gave the two teams a pep talk, and Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit, talked about the tradition of baseball in Springhill and the upgrades to the baseball complex, $51,000 of which came from the Federal government.

“It’s good to be able to give a helping hand, particularly in infrastructure where young people can play safe,” said Armstrong. “Anything we can do to help kids get out and playing in a healthy way is going to save us health care dollars in the long run.

Armstrong said the Town of Springhill Leisure Services coordinator sent an application forward to the federal government to put money into this park, "and they contributed money themselves."

The money came out of a $16 million federal Community Infrastructure Fund.

“That stimulus program has supported a lot of existing infrastructure that needed an upgrade,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong said the community has done a great job in improving the baseball facilities in Springhill.

“There’s a lot of adults putting in a lot of time to make sure kids have an opportunity to play baseball in the summer, and there’s a lot of other people putting in the time and effort in to make sure they have a nice facility to play,” he said. “Anytime you can get kids outside and not sitting in front of their TV playing video games is a great credit to the community.”

The Bantam A schedule in Springhill is as follows:

FRIDAY

10 a.m. – Springhill vs. WPW

12:30 p.m. – Halifax West Red vs. Windsor

3 p.m. – New Waterford vs. Springhill

5:30 p.m. – WPW vs. Windsor

SATURDAY

9 a.m. – New Waterford vs. Halifax West Red

11:30 a.m. – Springhill vs. Windsor

2 p.m. – WPW vs. New Waterford

4:30 p.m. – Springhill vs. Halifax West Red

SUNDAY

9 a.m. – Windsor vs. New Waterford

11:30 a.m. – WPW vs. Halifax West Red

2 p.m. – Championship Game 1

4:30 – Championship Game 2

The Schedule for the Mosquito A tournament in Clarke’s Harbour is as follows:

FRIDAY

4 p.m. – Clarke’s Harbour vs. Halifax

6:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

7 p.m. – Kentville vs. Springhill

SATURDAY

10 a.m. – Clarke’s Harbour vs. Kentville

12:30 p.m. – Halifax vs. Springhill

3:30 p.m. – Clarke’s Harbour vs. Springhill

6 p.m. – Halifax vs. Kentville

SUNDAY

10 a.m. – Championship Game 1

1 p.m. – Championship Game 2

 

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