Blizzards win Amherst invitational tournament

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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Dairy Queen Blizzards pose with their trophy and medal from the David Maltby Memorial Amherst Little League Invitational Tournament. Front row from left: Joe McCarron, Matt Chediac, Jake Martin, Chad Russell and Dylon Francis. Back row from left: Cameron MacCallum, Luke Sheehan, Matt Munroe, Riley Sheehan, Parker Hickey and Wes Kelly. 

For the first time in 15 years and only the fourth time in the 49-year history of the prestigious tournament, The New Glasgow Kinsmen Dairy Queen Blizzards have won the championship of the David Maltby Memorial Amherst Little League Invitational Tournament.

New Glasgow will have their 2013 Championship Flag raised at Amherst 's Landry Little League Park joining previous association winners from 1983, 1987, and 1998.

The tournament is a Labour Day Weekend tradition for the Amherst Little League Association and is considered to be the most competitive little league tournament in eastern Canada having played host to teams from all four Atlantic provinces as well as the state of Massachusetts.

This year’s DQ Squad competed against Dartmouth, Stratford, Amherst, as well as the defending champions from Sackville, N.S. The highlight of round-robin play was Chad Russell's complete game 3-0, two-hit shutout of the host team ensuring New Glasgow first place in their division and a semifinal berth with Dartmouth.

The Blizzards fell behind early in the semifinal, but were lead in the comeback by the "Sheehan Show". Riley Sheehan homered in the fourth to spark the comeback and twin brother Luke crashed into the centre field fence bringing back what would have been a two-run homer in the fifth of the 8-4 victory. Matt Chediac and Jake Martin shared pitching duties.

New Glasgow now moved on to face the undefeated, defending champions who had outscored their opponents 65-3 throughout the tournament. The Blizzards stepped up their defensive play led by Jake Martin at shortstop and the steady hands of Matt Munroe at first to stay even with the Acadians into the fifth when Martin cracked a two-run home run with Russell aboard to give the Blizzards the lead.

This was all Blizzards would need as they held the potent Sackville offense scoreless after the second inning securing the 5-3 win. Russell recorded his second complete game victory of the weekend scattering five hits over the six innings with no walks, while striking out ten.

The Blizzards ended their season with a 25-9-1 record including tournament victories in Dieppe, Stellarton and Amherst.

Organizations: Little League, Amherst Little League Association

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Dartmouth, Landry Little League Park Canada Massachusetts Dieppe

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