2013 BASEBALL RECAP

2013 BASEBALL RECAP

Crandall Baseball Season Re-cap
 
With only 4 out of 12 players returning from the 2012 Atlantic Conference Regular season championship team, the Chargers faced the difficult task of rebuilding in 2013. Rookie Sam Lund came in and quickly established himself as the ace of the pitching staff. Veterans Keith Nickerson and Ben Wistrom also carried a heavy workload on the pitching side, with newcomers Ryan Morneau , Jason Mallory, Cole Giberson and Jonathan Schut chipping in effectively. With only 10 full time players, we saw a rare feat in that everyone pitched at some point in the season – a first for Crandall. Veteran Cory Parker, usually known for his speed and outfield defense, pitched well in his first career pitching assignment at his future retirement spot in Cape Breton.
 
With rain and other unforeseen obstacles keeping the Chargers from playing a game for the first 2 weekends, the team was faced with a challenging schedule that would see the team play 14 games in 15 days. Despite all of the hardships and naysayers, the team was able to silence many critics by finishing with a 7-7 record and qualifying for the playoffs in a very competitive Atlantic Conference. Highlights include defeating regular season champion UNB in game 1 of a road doubleheader and taking them to the limit where they needed a walk off sac fly in the last inning to beat Crandall in game 2. Mark Lobban was named the winner of the Rawlings Cup scholarship while Kirk Middlemiss took home the defensive player award. Crandall also used a 6 run 7th inning to come back from a 3-1 deficit and defeat Dalhousie 7-3 in their second game of the season.
 
In a rare one game playoff with Dalhousie, both teams sent their ace to the mound with Sam Lund going toe to toe with Scott Lee in a classic pitcher’s duel. The Tigers opened the scoring with single runs in the 3rd and 4th before Crandall would tie the game in their half of the 4th. After Ben Wistrom threw a runner out at the plate from right field in the 7th, Dalhousie would end up scoring two batters later. The Chargers never say die attitude put the tying run on base in their last at bat but could not bring him home as they fell 3-2 to the Tigers, ending their season.
 
With a playoff appearance in a major rebuilding year, the future looks bright for Crandall. Special thanks to all the fans that came out to support your Chargers

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