Eagles soar to tournament victory

Jason Malloy
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Jesse MacIntyre, of the O'Leary Eagles, swings and hits a foul ball Sunday in the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts Drew Power Memorial fastball tournament against East Hants Mastadons at City Diamond.

With key players out of the lineup, O’Leary-based squad comes away with win

The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles scored twice in the first inning Sunday and that’s all they would need in defeating the East Hants Mastodons 4-1 in the final of the Drew Power Memorial Fastball Tournament in Charlottetown.

The game was called in the fifth inning when a Mastodon player was ejected for arguing a call, leaving the team with only eight players.

“It’s a big confidence builder for us because we haven’t played a whole lot of ball this year,” said the Eagles’ Darcy Harris.

The Eagles hosted a tournament earlier this summer and are expecting to play a series of exhibition games before heading to the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series in Quad Cities, Iowa, on Aug. 5.

The Eagles were missing some of their key players during the weekend, including pitcher Mitch Hardy, catcher Troy Ellsworth and outfielder Jeff Ellsworth.

“It’s nice for us to know too that we can win without Mitch Hardy pitching and without Jeff Ellsworth in the lineup,” Harris said.

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In Sunday’s final, Mike MacIsaac scored on a Jason Smallman double and John Ellsworth drove Smallman home with a single to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead.

Curtis Reilly scored on a Ryan Perry triple in the bottom of the fourth and Harris drove Perry home with a single.

East Hants scored one in the top of the fifth for their lone run.

Steve Noonan recorded the win while Randy Frame was tagged with the loss.

“He pitched great,” Harris said of Noonan. “He was hitting his spots and made it easy for everybody today.”

Jamie Betts earned the semifinal victory, as the Eagles defeated the Coors Cardinals masters team 7-0 in the semifinal. The Mastodons advanced with a 4-2 victory over the host Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts.

“It was a real honour for us to win, especially being the Drew Power memorial,” Harris said.

Power, a well-known hockey and ball player, died in a December 2012 house fire in Charlottetown. He played sports with and against many of the Eagles.

“He was always around the ball park,” Harris recalled. “He was the first guy to come and jump on your back and plant a big kiss on your cheek.”

The O’Leary-based Eagles went 2-1 in round-robin play, defeating the Mastodons 16-1 and Cardinals by seven runs after losing 7-3 to the Fawcetts to start the tournament.

Harris said the weekend enabled the Eagles to work on some small ball in preparation for their trip south.

“When we face some high-quality pitching down at NAFA we’re going to have to do that,” he said.

Organizations: North American Fastpitch Association, Cardinals

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Quad Cities, Iowa Fawcetts

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