The Westisle Wolverines repeat as PEISAA Senior Men’s Baseball Champions, defeating the Montague Vikings in the semifinal and the Bluefield Bobcats in a close Gold Medal match-up at Memorial Field, Charlottetown to cap off 2019 season.
Semifinal #1: Bluefield 6, Charlottetown Rural 1
Guided by a strong pitching performance from Brandon Langley, the fourth-seed Bluefield Bobcats defeated the top seed Charlottetown Rural Raiders, 6-1 in semifinal action at Memorial Field. Langley, who threw 6 1/3 innings, held Charlottetown Rural to just two hits while giving up one run and striking out eleven batters to earn the win (Ben Tsai came in the pitch in relief for the final two outs). Nick Havenga contributed with a third-inning sacrifice fly to open the scoring and later added an RBI single to go 1-3, Jordan Maher was 2-3 with a base on balls, Chris MacDougall went 1-4 with 2 RBI’s. Tyler Taylor went the distance for Charlottetown Rural, giving up all six runs – four of which were earned – while striking out nine Bluefield batters. Taylor and Sam Worth had Charlottetown Rural’s two hits.
Semifinal #2: Westisle 6, Montague 2
A timely two-run triple from catcher Cole Robinson generated a five-run fourth inning for Westisle who cruised past the Montague Vikings 6-2. Chandler DesRoches contributed with three hits for the Wolverines while Connor Ellsworth (2), Mike McRae, John Dorgan and Declan Campbell added to the offence with base hits. DesRoches pitched six solid innings, striking out twelve, and was relieved by Ellsworth in the seventh. For Montague, ace Jack MacKenzie went the distance in the loss, giving up five earned runs on nine hits while fanning six Westisle batters. Jack Munro had a productive day at the plate going 2-3 with two RBI.
Championship Game: Westisle 2, Bluefield 0
A complete game four-hit, thirteen-strikeout performance from Connor Ellsworth led the Westisle Wolverines to their second consecutive championship. Nathan Grigg and Carson MacArthur added two hits each while Chandler DesRoches went 1-3 in the win. Despite obtaining the loss, left-handed pitcher Myles Grant had a strong six-inning outing, only giving up five hits, while striking out eight. Nick Havenga, Jordan Maher, Connor Hennessey and Josh Smith provided hits for Bluefield.