Amherst Red Sox claim Atlantic baseball title

Defeat West Prince, P.E.I. in final

Published on September 15, 2013
The Amherst Pioneer Fuels Red Sox are the Atlantic Bantam AA baseball champions. Members of the team include: (front, from left) assistant coach Carl LeBlanc, Brandon Greeno, MacKenzie LeBlanc, (back, from left) Mike O'Brien, Sam LeBlanc, Blake Thompson, Caleb Coulson, Spencer Moreau, coach Bill Jobes, Dylan Baker, Brad Gray, Baiden Landry, Morgan Jobes, Chris Richards and assistant coach Mike O'Brien. Missing is manager Darrell Cole. 

The Amherst Pioneer Fuels Red Sox are the 2013 Atlantic Bantam AA baseball champions.

CARDIGAN, P.E.I. - MacKenzie LeBlanc's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth lifted the Amherst Pioneer Fuels Red Sox to a 10-0 win over the West Prince Aces to capture the Atlantic Bantam AA Baseball championship on Sunday.

The Red Sox scored three runs in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to win the game by the mercy rule and win Amherst's first Atlantic bantam championship in more than 15 years.

Chris Richards scattered one hit over five innings to earn the win while striking out nine.

Caleb Coulson hit a double and singled twice for Amherst, who went 5-0 at the tournament. Dylan Baker and LeBlanc each singled twice and Mike O'Brien singled once.

After rain washed out play on Friday, Amherst opened Satudray with a 10-0 win over Newfoundland's representative from Conception Bay North.

Richards, Brandon Greeno and Coulson combined for a no-hitter, striking out 10 and walking three.

LeBlanc tripled and Coulson, Greeno, Richards, O'Brien, Baker, Brad Gray and Baiden Landry each singled.

Amherst followed that up with a come-from-behind 12-10 win over West Prince, P.E.I's representative.

Down 8-6 in the fifth, Amherst rallied for five runs.

Blake Thompson went six-and-two-thirds innings in relief of O'Brien while Coulson closed out the win. They gave up seven hits, struck out  nine and walked seven.

Coulson doubled and singled, Greeno singled four times, LeBlanc tripled and singled, Richards doubled once and singled twice and O'Brien and Brad Gray each singled twice.

Under the lightson Saturday, Amherst rallied from a 1-0 deficit after three to defeat Taymouth, N.B. 8-3. Morgan Jobes threw a complete-game four-hitter. He walked one and struck out nine to pick up the pitching win. Coulson, Gray and Spencer Moreau each singled twice. Greeno and Jobes each singled once. In their final round robin game, the Red Sox defeated Cardigan 9-1. O'Brien went seven innings, walked two and struck out seven while giving up five hits. Coulson doubled and singled, Richards and Landry each singled three times, Baker and LeBlanc singled twice and O'Brien singledonce.