A dynasty in the making
Parrsboro's boy's slo-pitch team won its third consecutive NSSAF championship last weekend.
© Darrell Cole – Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Members of the Parrsboro Regional High Warriors sign the provincial Division 3 boy’s slo-pitch banner. Parrsboro won its third consecutive NSSAF championship last weekend in Bridgewater.
PARRSBORO – Winning a provincial championship banner is a difficult task, winning two is even harder.
Going back, to back, to back is almost unheard of, unless you’re members of the Parrsboro Regional High School Warriors slo-pitch team that won its third consecutive NSSAF Division 3 banner last weekend in Bridgewater.
“I don’t know if you’d call it a dynasty, but it’s getting pretty close,” co-captain and six-year team member Jerry Boutilier said. “We’ve had a pretty special run here.”
Boutilier and fellow captains Nick Warren, Seth Lake and Riley McCulley joined with teammates on Tuesday to sign the championship banner that will hang in the school’s trophy case and eventually make its way to the wall of the gymnasium where so many other regional and provincial banners hang.
Boutilier said members of the team were pretty confident going into the season back in May. Warren said there was a solid nucleus of returning players and that helped the team through any challenges it faced on the diamond.
“We knew we were in the running,” Warren said. “We knew we had a good team and that we could win it if we played good defensive ball and cut down on the errors. We knew the offence would take care of itself.”
The Warriors opened with a 17-7 win over Richmond during the NSSAF tournament in Bridgewater and thumped Pugwash 19-2 before eking out a close one-run 20-19 win over Forest Heights from Chester.
Parrsboro moved into the final with an 11-5 win over Barrington before entering into a rematch with Forest Heights, who had pounded a strong host Bridgewater team in the other semifinal.
“After they beat Bridgewater as badly as they did we thought we might be in for a tough game. We thought if we could get the lead early and not give up any runs we would have a good shot at winning it,” Lake said.
The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second to build up a 9-1 lead and kept the Forest Heights offence in check to pick up the 16-5 win.
Coach Matt Smith said it came down to defence.
“We knew we could pound the ball offensively, but defence is what wins games and championships,” Smith said. “We knew that if we avoided making errors in the field we’d have a good chance of winning.”
Smith said his team put up a lot of runs, but it was the stingy defence that he was happiest about. Besides the round robin game against Forest Heights, Parrsboro only gave up only nine runs in its other two games and just 10 runs in the semifinal and final.
Smith also thanked parents for their efforts over the weekend.
“We had a big group of parents travel to Bridgewater to support the team,” Smith said. “The boys had a lot of fun all weekend. It was a great team weekend.”