Baseball Canada title: Dartmouth takes gold at 13Us

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

A five-run fourth inning was the difference for Dartmouth in the gold medal game at the 13 National Atlantic Championships.

They rode that performance, along with a three-RBI game from Ty Doucette, to win the championship against fellow Nova Scotian representative Kentville Monday afternoon in Moncton.

It wasn’t an easy path to the championship round for Dartmouth. They had to begin their medal round with a game against the undefeated host team Moncton, and performed valiantly to earn an 11-4 victory.

After giving up the first three runs of the game in the first, Sam Hines and Kole Miller had an answer for Dartmouth in the second before a Lane George homer opened things for the visitors – they had a one-run lead after the second and didn’t look back.

Kentville’s semi-final performance was also no cakewalk, as they took on Summerside – the team with the most runs scored in the round robin portion of the 13U Atlantics.

Kentville had to claw back into the game after Summerside took a 6-0 lead out of the second inning. That came off a Donovan Arsenault solo homer, and a bases-clearing double for Jacob Dunn in the top of the second.

Travis Feltmate got Kentville on the board in a landmark fourth inning, with a bases-clearing double of his own to bring the score into Kentville’s favour at 7-6. The six-run inning was enough to put Kentville over the top, and into the gold medal game.

It was a close, high-scoring affair in the final game of the tournament. Dartmouth eventually struck gold via a 8-6 win, holding off a late charge from Kentville in the final inning where they had the tying run at the plate.

Scores

7/8: St. John’s (NL1) 13, Mount Pearl (NL2) 7

SF: Dartmouth (NS1) 11, Moncton (Host) 4

SF: Summerside (PE2) 10, Kentville (NS2) 11

Bronze: Moncton (Host) 5, Summerside (PE2) 8

Gold: Kentville (NS2) 6, Dartmouth (NS1) 8

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.