A Bunch of Guys, Maritime Champs

Sam McNeish
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Amherst slo-pitch squad Bunch of Guys found a way to cap off a tough season.

AMHERST - Amherst slo-pitch squad Bunch of Guys found a way to cap off a tough season.

Suffering the loss of friend and teammates Corey Bates and Nick Merrill in a tragic auto accident, the club rallied to win the Maritime Men's E championships on Sept. 9.

The team went undefeated throughout the weekend including a 13-5 victory over Minglers in the championship game.

The team never lost a game all weekend including an eight-inning 4-3 win against Oromocto.

The second game, the Bunch of Guys scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead and never looked back winning over Gagetown by a score of 12-1.

The last game of the round robin was a 13-8 win over the Saint John Ale House.

Bunch of Guys were 3-0 after the round robin and in 2nd place overall.

On Sunday, we had to be beaten twice to be put out,'' manager Allan Mattinson said.

"We started off the day with a convincing 13-1 win over the Ale House. Our second game of the day was against a team called the Minglers, who went ahead with a 3-0 lead until the fourth inning when we erupted for six runs,'' he added.

The third game of the day was against the Miramichi Demons.

"We were up 14-12 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Demons scored a run and had a runner on first and third but were unable to get them across the plate."

Going into the championship game, Bunch of Guys had to be beaten twice and despite the team being tired, they dug down and refused to lose.

"We jumped out to a 2-0 lead and kept going with a final score of 13-5 beating the Minglers again. Everyone hit the ball well and enjoyed themselves, and is now looking forward to going to Nationals,'' he said.

The victory gives the Bunch of Guys the right to attend the Men's E championships in Winnipeg next summer.

Members of the team are Paul Arseneault, Kenny Smith, Corey Mattinson, Scott Mattinson, Steve Brander, Andy Bonnell, Rory Faulkner, Nick Ritcey, Brad Weatherbee, Jim Dorrington and Alan Mattinson.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Men, Saint John Ale House

Geographic location: Gagetown, Winnipeg

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