SHUBENACADIE – It’s hard to hit what you can’t see, and the South Colchester Wolves learned the hard way on Saturday.
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South Colchester Academy pitcher Dylan McCoul delivers a pitch to home plate during Saturday’s Northumberland regional final. The Wolves lost to the East Hants Tigers 9-1, after beating them in the round robin.
The Wolves’ perfect record through round robin of the NSSAF Division-I Boys Fastpitch Northumberland regional championship meant little to the Hants East Tigers, who beat them 9-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Ace pitcher Alex Anthony led the Tigers, mowing down 15 batters en route to a mercy rule victory after six innings, avenging a loss to the Wolves on Friday.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in Atlantic Canada, by far,” said Wolves assistant coach Seth Fisher. “He was unbelievable out there today.”
The Tigers opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly from Jimmy Davies in the second inning, before adding more in the fourth when Curtis Bailey scored on a Josh MacLeod triple. MacLeod later scored on an errant pitch.
The Wolves answered back in the fifth when Jacob McNutt scored on a lined shot by Coby Crowell, which hit Anthony in the leg. Unfazed by the line drive, Anthony answered back by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
The flood gates would open up in the sixth, with the Tigers pounding six runs off Wolves’ pitcher Dylan McCoul. The Wolves chucker walked two batters in the inning while the Tigers pounded a single, double and triple.
“They’re such a solid team,” said South Colchester coach Joel Dawe. “But if the mercy rule isn’t there, we could maybe have an inning like they had and be right back in it.”
The Wolves beat the Tigers in two previous meetings, including a thumping to open the season. Without any Grade 12 players on the roster, the Wolves rely on younger talent, including three eighth graders.
“They’re a real young team,” Dawe said. “It’s unusual to have such a good team, this young at this level.”
Without much in the way of experience, the team draws from their friendship on and off the field.
“They’re all really good friends,” he said. “They’re a real emotional crew, and they put their heart and soul into every game.”
The two teams will now gear up for the provincial tournament, which will be hosted in Lantz next weekend. It will be another chance for the Wolves to gain experience and come closer as a team, Fisher said.
“They’re young, you know, so there’s a lot of excitement. We’ll take today as a lesson and come back again at provincials.”