Fencebusters win third title in four years

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Springhill rallies from early deficit to nip Ravens in provincial final

For the third time in four years, the Springhill Fencebusters are Nova Scotia champions following a thrilling 5-2 win over Inverness in the Peewee B final game on Sunday.

SPRINGHILL – The Springhill Fencebusters overcame an early deficit to defeat the Inverness Ravens 5-2 to win the Baseball Nova Scotia Peewee B Championship here on Sunday

The win was the third provincial win in four seasons for the Springhill team, that defeated Prospect earlier Sunday to earn a berth in the final.

Inverness defeated Liverpool in the other semi.

The Ravens scored two runs in the first inning on one hit and a couple of errors and were challenging again in the second inning when Fencebusters’ pitcher Ethan Casey dove for a ball and injured his knee.

His replacement, Jacob Melanson came and in and held the Ravens off the scoreboard with Kenzee Rushton coming in to the get final out of the game for the save.

“The team never quit,” coach Jim ‘Pokie’ Melanson said. “They got down a bit in the first inning, but we kept them in the game. We knew we could come back. It was a good game.”

Springhill picked up a trio of runs in the third inning with Brayden MacNeil, Keegan Burke and Melanson each scoring runs on four hits in the inning,

They extended the lead to three runs with a pair in the fifth, the first run scoring on a key error by the Ravens’ centerfielder to open the inning. Keegan Burke and MacNeil each scored.

Melanson had two singles for the Springhill with Brady Rushton, Casey, MacNeil, Rushton and Burke each adding one single apiece.

Kenzie MacPhail, Kale Jessome and Jackson Timmons each singled once for Inverness.

The three Springhill pitchers scattered three hits over seven innings while walking just two and striking our 14.

“The three boys did a great job. Ethan did what he had to before he got hurt and then Jacob and Kenzie came in and shut them down,” Melanson said. “Also, once we settled down defensively we made some big plays when we had to.”

Brockerick Murphy went the distance for Inverness giving up nine hits, walking three and striking out nine.

Melanson said it was extra special to win on the field that was renamed in his and his wife Jewel’s name.

“I didn’t know the sign there until I came here on Friday,” Melanson said. “It means a lot to me. All I have ever wanted to do was to give the kids a place to play baseball. That’s all I wanted to do over the last 37 years and Jewel has been there with me every step of the way.”

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