Senior Baseball Finals Set

Logo for Baseball Nova ScotiaOkay, it’s been too long. I get it. I admittedly took a summer hiatus, but I can of no better reason to get back on the blog than with the Nova Scotia Senior League Finals about to get underway.

The first round of the Senior League finished up with the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry sweeping the Halifax Pelham Canadians 3-0 in the best-of-five series while the Kentville Wildcats dispatched the Sydney Sooners 3-1 in the other series.

The Dry and Wildcats will kick-off the finals in Kentville Friday, September 14th @ 7:30 with Game 2 back in Dartmouth Saturday evening at 7:00. Kentville took the regular season series 5-2 over Dartmouth, but that could be decpetive. Five of the seven games were decided by only one run.

Also the NSSBL gave out some hardware

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Chris Head of the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry was announced the League MVP. Head won league’s batting champion with a .435 average and led the league in hits with 50, runs scored with 39 and stolen bases with 32. He tied for first in doubles with 10, while placing second in home runs with 8. He tied for third in RBIs with 27.

Head also takes home the Gary MacDonald Memorial Gold Glove and Gold Bat Award given to the player with the most player of the game votes.

Here’s a list of this year’s NSSBL All-Stars:

Catcher: Justin Stephens, Dartmouth – Batting average: .283. Included in his 26 hits were 6 home runs which tied him for third place in the league in that category.

Firstbase: Shawn Peverill, Halifax – Batting average: .370 – seventh highest in the league. His 40 hits represented a third- place finish among the leaders. He was second in the league in RBIs with 30. He tied for first in doubles with 10.

Secondbase: Adam Lucas, Halifax – His .321 average was eleventh best in the league. He was tied for sixth place in hits with 34, while placing second among the league leaders in runs scored with 27.His 26 RBIs represented the fourth highest, while his six home runs gave him a tie for third place.

Third base: Cody Shrider, Kentville – Shrider finished tenth among the leaders with a .323 batting average. He tied for fifth place in runs scored with 24. . He tied for first place in doubles with 10. He also was also the league leader in pitching saves with three.

Shortstop: Ian Lockhart, Kentville – He finished third in the batting race with a .402 average. He was fourth in hits with 37, while placing sixth in RBIs with 23.

Designated Hitter: Darren Doucette, Dartmouth – .304 batting average, while leading the league in home runs with 11 and in RBIs with 36.

Right-Handed Pitcher:

Shain Boudreau, Dartmouth – His 5-1 record and .833 winning percentage gave him a second-place tie among the pitching leaders. His five wins also represented a second place tie. He was fourth in the ERA category with a 2.35 mark and third in strikeouts with 51. He also placed third in innings pitched with 72.2 to his credit.

Left-Handed Pitcher:

Kevin Nichols, Kentville – His 5-0 record was first among the league’s pitchers in winning percentage. His 1.40 ERA was tops in the league, while his five wins represented a second-place tie.

Outfielders:

Chris Head, Dartmouth (SEE ABOVE)

Matt Thomas, Dartmouth – Thomas was eighth in the batting race with a .369 average. His 38 hits and 26 runs scored represented fourth-place finishes among the league leaders, while his eight doubles gave him a second place tie.

Billy MacKenzie, Kentville – finished second in the batting race with a .433 average, having 45 hits in 104 at bats. His 45 hit- total was second best in the league, while his 21 RBIs gave him a seventh-place finish.

Coach of the year:

Ian Mosher, Kentville – guided the Wildcats to a first-place finish on the basis of a 21-7 (.750) record.

Sandy VanBlarcom of Kentville was recognized as the volunteer of the year with the Susan MacEachern Memorial Award.

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