A highly successful season came to fitting end for the Cobequid Cougars boys’ baseball team on Saturday.
The Cougars, who were the class of the provincial high school baseball scene this fall, captured their first Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation title over the weekend in Halifax.
The Cougars downed the Auburn Drive Eagles 7-3 in the gold-medal game.
Cobequid finished the season with a jaw-dropping 17-1 record. The Cougars also won a third straight Northumberland region banner this season.
At the provincial tournament, the Cougars finished with a 1-1 record in preliminary play. They defeated Auburn Drive 10-2 in Game 1, before losing an error-filled game to the Memorial Marauders by a 10-6 count.
In a semifinal, the Cougars hammered the Halifax West Warriors 20-4 to advance to the title game.
CEC 10 Auburn Drive 2
Connor Angers, Jackson Haight and Lucas Watson each delivered two singles for the winners. Watson, Chad Mingo, Haight and Quinn Cashen pitched for CEC with Mingo earning the win.
Memorial 10 CEC 6
With the game tied 5-5, Memorial went ahead for good with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, and added three more in the fifth.
The Cougars made seven errors.
Haight singled and doubled for CEC and Connor Irwin doubled and Bailey MacKinnon singled. Mingo suffered the loss, while Dawson Briggs and Irwin also saw mound duty.
CEC 20 Halifax West 4
The Cougars scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Briggs picked up the win, while Watson and Luke Creelman also pitched. Haight slammed a two-run homer and singled, while Briggs swatted two singles and a double. Connor Angers added three hits, Luke Smith doubled and tripled and Mingo knocked out a pair of singles.
The Cougars scored three runs in the first inning and held the Eagles scoreless through six en route to claiming the provincial title.
Watson was the winning pitcher, while Haight closed it out.
Angers had two singles and double, Briggs had three singles, Haight a single and double, Watson two singles and Mackie Marquis chipped in a double.