It was a historic Sunday for baseball on PEI.
After the Cornwall Cougars went 5-0 to win the Gold medal at the Baseball Atlantic 18U “AA” Championships in Kennebecasis Valley, NB from 3-5 September, and the Provincial 14U Girls team went 4-1 to win the Gold medal at the Baseball Atlantic 14U Girls Championships in Hammonds Plains, NS from 10-12 September, Prince Edward Island teams won either a Gold or Silver medal at all six Baseball Atlantic Championships and the PEI Senior Islanders defeated the Moncton Fisher Cats 9-4 to win their New Brunswick Senior Baseball League (NBSBL) Final four games to one to win the New Brunswick Senior Baseball Championship on Sunday, 19 September to cap off a historic weekend.
This was the first time that Prince Edward Island teams won a medal in all Baseball Atlantic Championships in one year. All scores can be found at http://www.baseballatlantic.ca/.
Later on Sunday evening at Kiwanis Park in Moncton, NB, affiliated player Tyler Taylor got the pitching win, allowing only two runs on six hits (striking out two and walking one) in five innings to lead the PEI Senior Islanders to a 9-4 victory in Game #5 of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League Championship series, wrapping up the New Brunswick Senior Final 4-1 over the Moncton Fisher Cats. This is the Islanders’ second New Brunswick Senior Championship (the first was in 2015). Logan Gallant had three hits with 2 RBI and Drew Grady was 2-3 with 2 RBI to lead the Islanders in hitting in Game #5. NBSBL league and playoff statistics and box scores can be found at https://www.seniorbaseballnb.com/www.seniorbaseballnb.com/front_2.html.
Despite all the difficulties posed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this weekend capped off a terrific summer of baseball on Prince Edward Island. Despite our size, nine Prince Edward Island teams went a combined 34-12 in eight Baseball Atlantic Championships to win a Gold or Silver medal in all eight Baseball Atlantic Championships in 2021 (Gold – 18U “AA,” 14U Girls, 15U “AAA,” 13U “AAA” and 11U “AAA”; Silver – 15U “AA,” 13U “AA” and 11U “AA”). This is the first time this has ever happened for Prince Edward Island and maybe the first time an Atlantic province finished either first- or second place in all Baseball Atlantic Championships in one year. This is a fantastic accomplishment for our province, and all players, coaches, administrators, umpires and parents should be proud of the role they played for the success of all Island teams.
The success on the diamond hasn’t been just limited to minor baseball. Despite the late start to the season and the difficult regular season (going 4-10), the PEI Senior Islanders defeated the Saint John Alpines 4-3 in the NBSBL semifinal and then went on to beat the Moncton Fisher Cats 4-1 in the NBSBL Final. The Islanders got hot at the right time, had terrific team pitching all playoffs (playoff ERA of 2.07) and had clutch hits (Logan MacDougall and Ryne MacIsaac led the Islanders in hitting in the playoffs, at .317 and .302, respectively).
With all that being said, baseball isn’t finished on Prince Edward Island yet in 2021. The best-of-seven Kings County Baseball League Final is underway, with the Stratford Athletics up two games to none on the Peakes Bombers (Game #3 is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Stratford), and the Holland College baseball Hurricanes are currently 7-1 in ACBA play (going 4-0 in this past weekend). Baseball PEI fall baseball also starts this upcoming Saturday, 25 September with eight minor baseball associations participating.
Baseball PEI wishes to congratulate all teams that participated in Baseball Atlantic Championships and the PEI Senior Islanders on their success, and wishes best of luck to all baseball teams still playing on Prince Edward Island!