Springhill slo-pitch champs of Amherst

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Fans attending the Thursday night slo-pitch championship finale were in for a rollercoaster ride.
Springhill fans and Honda Reds fans had their hopes raised, then dashed time and again.
Both teams came into the night with one win apiece.
Springhill took the third game of the series 18-11, then Cumberland Honda came back and tied the series at two games apiece by winning the fourth game at the bottom of the seventh by a score of 17-16.
That set up a fifth and final contest, winner take all.
In the end, it was Springhill coming out on top by a score of 21-19.
"It was a long time we worked that hard or had been pushed that hard to win in a championship series," Springhill player/manager Rob Henderson said.
Springhill entered the Amherst Slo-pitch League in the early 1990s and, except for three years, have won the championship every year.
"I think the difference in the series was that we had more experience on our side," Henderson said. "We have a core of players who have played together a long time and we have good chemistry.
"We had 13 guys there that night and it took that many guys to win it. It seemed that whenever we needed something big to happen, a player stepped up and got it done."
Henderson had high praise for Cumberland Honda as well.
"They play the game the right way and they're a classy bunch of kids, and it's not hard to tell somebody showed them the right way to play ball," Henderson said.
"They win with sportsmanship and class and they lose the same way. They have a bright future ahead of them."
It might not be as tough next year for teams competing against Springhill.
"This is probably the last year I'm organizing the team and it's probably the last time some of these guys will play," Henderson said. "It's a big commitment to make and some of us have been doing it since the early '90's. It's time to pass the torch."


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