Mosquito Fencebusters win Provincial title

Dave Mathieson
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The Mosquito's celebrated winning the provincial banner by parading through the streets of Springhill.

CLARKE'S HARBOUR - The Springhill Mosquito A Fencebusters clinched the 2013 Baseball Nova Scotia Provincial Championship with a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend in Clarke's Harbour.

"The pitching was good, the hitting was good and the fielding was good," said Jim Melanson, Springhill Mosquitos coach and president of the Springhill Minor Baseball Association. "The overall team was our strength."

On Friday, Springhill defeated Kentville by a score of 9 -1, and then on Saturday afternoon they defeated Halifax by a score of 17-8 before besting Clarke's Harbour 14-6.

A Saturday evening win by Kentville over Halifax allowed the Fencebusters to clinch the title. Kentville beat Halifax 8-6.

Melanson was concerned Springhill might have a rough road against Kentville.

"When we arrived in Clarke's Harbour their coach told us they lost only one or two games all season but we beat them 9-1, and then Clarke's Harbour beat them 9-1."

Springhill has won two gold and one silver medal at the last three provincials.

"Many of the players we had when we won in Inverness (in 2011) played Bantam this year," said Melanson

The Bantam A Fencebusters hosted the provincials in Springhill over the weekend but never made it to the finals.

Melanson has been coaching minor baseball in Springhill for more than 30-years and said he hopes to be back next year, maybe coaching the peewees.

"Jacob (Melanson's grandson) is 10-years-old and he can stay back another year but if he goes to peewee I may go up to peewee to coach him," said Melanson.

Melanson said 2013 was a great year for Mosquito baseball.

"The rapport between the mosquito coaches and the parents was beautiful. You couldn't ask for better."

Also, with all the renovations made to the baseball diamonds, Melanson said it was a great year for minor baseball in Springhill.

"Kenny John Jackson was the chairman, and him and Royce Rushton and Drew Fraser were the backbone of preparing the field for the Bantam provincials over the weekend," said Melanson. "Those three, plus anybody on the committee who took part in preparing the field, was greatly appreciated by Springhill Minor Baseball."

Melanson also thanked everybody for their support over the season.

"I would like to also thank the local fans and businesses throughout the county for their generous support in making our association run smoothly for 2013," said Melanson.







Organizations: Springhill Minor Baseball Association

Geographic location: Springhill, Kentville, Inverness

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