Parrsboro Warriors returning to softball provincials

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Boys, girls teams coming off regional championships

PARRSBORO – High school softball players here are hoping to follow up a double gold performance at regional championships with double gold at provincials.

Both the Parrsboro Warriors boys’ team and girls’ team will compete for provincial banners on the South Shore this weekend, finishing up what have been impressive seasons on the field.

The boys will be playing their games in Bridgewater, while the girls will be playing about 40 minutes away in Caledonia. Both teams will be staying at the same hotel.

“Hopefully we don’t get to see each other’s games,” said Bliss Walton, coach of the girls’ team. “If we do, one of us is eliminated.”

The girls have been on a tear this year, are undefeated in their division, and the only blemish on their record has been an exhibition game to Amherst. They rolled through districts and regionals, winning all games in five innings thanks to the mercy rule.

Their regional championship game was against the host team from Antigonish East, which was closer than the scorecard indicated, according to Walton. Parrsboro led 3-1 after three innings, then picked up three more runs in the fourth, and five more in the fifth to win 11-1.

They could come up against that same Antigonish team at provincials.

“I expect to be playing for a banner on Saturday afternoon,” he said.

Matt Smith, coach of the boys’ team, has also seen his team have an impressive season, but is staying reserved about their chances at provincials.

“You never know what everyone else has,” he said. “Inverness is always strong, Springhill is strong this year, and everyone else is always a surprise. There’s always one team you didn’t expect to be good, that will show up with a good team.”

It was Springhill as the host team that Parrsboro defeated at the regional championships.

The boys have welcomed several new players to the team this year, and both teams have benefited from the launching of a junior softball program by the Nova Scotia School Athletics Federation, which Smith said would help build future teams.

The boys will be going for their third straight provincial championship.

“You never go in too confident, because you set yourself up for disappointment,” said Smith. “As long as they have fun, that’s the main thing. We go to win, but also to enjoy the weekend.”

awagstaff@citizenrecord.ca

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Nova Scotia School Athletics Federation

Geographic location: Antigonish East, South Shore, Bridgewater Caledonia Amherst

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