Red Sox provincial champions - again

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Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Climbing up the ladder, one team at a time, the Cumberland County Bantam A Red Sox didn't stop until they reached their final goal - the summit of a provincial championship.
The first challenge as hosts of the six-team tournament was Friday when they defeated the Truro Bearcats by a score of 12-4.
Next up on Friday was the Hants North Jays, who they beat by a score of 6-3.
The win gave the Sox a bye to Sunday's semifinals where they took on the Clark's Harbour Foggies.
When the Red Sox took a 10-0 lead, the game ended thanks to the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth inning.
The win also gave them a birth into the championship against the Eastern Passage Pirates.
Third in the batting order, the Red Sox's Brad Murray didn't waste time scoring runs.
At his first at-bat, he knocked out a home run, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Murray also hit two homers in their semi-final against the Foggies.
Eastern Passage tied the game 2-2 in the second inning.
In the third inning, Cumberland scored three runs to the Pirates one run, giving them a 5-3 lead.
By the end of the fourth the Red Sox were winning by a score of 7-4.
It was in the fifth inning the Red Sox bats exploded, scoring nine times in the inning.
Lighting up their bat in the fifth was Raelene Wilson with a double and Tyler Skinner and Zac Black, each with singles.
The Pirates scored one more run and the game ended 16-5 for the Red Sox.
Also hitting doubles for the Sox were Alex Embree and Jarrett Collins, and hitting a single was Nick Chapman.
Tyler Skinner pitched five innings for Cumberland, giving up five hits, two walks and striking out nine batters.
Wilson came in for relief in the sixth inning.
She walked two batters and struck out two batters.
The Cumberland Red Sox were the provincial champions in the A division in 2004 and 2005.
Last year they were AA division champions.
Because they had only four players returning from last year's team they decided to try the A division again.
With the success of this year's team, they are contemplating a return to AA action next year.
If that's the case, they could qualify for next year's Atlantic championships.
Last year's club won a bronze medal at the Atlantics in Prince Edward Island last September.
The returning members from that team are: Brad Murray, Tyler Skinner, Taylor Samson and Raelene Wilson.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland, Hants North Jays, Clark's

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Eastern Passage, Prince Edward Island

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