Three members of the Saint John Alpines made their way to Fredericton this past weekend for the 2016 Canadian Senior baseball championship. Outfielder Mark Phillips and pitcher Shaun O’Toole were picked up by the Charlottetown Islanders and first baseman Devan Thomas was picked up by the host Fredericton Royals. Ironically these two teams played each other in the bronze medal game with Fredericton prevailing over the Charlottetown landing a medal for Thomas. Both NB representatives had lost 1-0 heart breakers to Ontario teams earlier in the day.
Individually, Phillips was one of the top hitters in the entire tournament, batting .429 (4th overall) with 2 homeruns (tied for 1st) and 7 RBI (2nd overall). O’Toole also made a big contribution with one relief appearance against the defending champs and this year’s eventual winner Tecumseh (ON) Thunder pitching 4 complete innings without giving up a run and striking out 6. Thomas made some spectacular defensive plays at first including a game saving one throwing out the tying run at the plate against Nova Scotia and got the the hit that started the comeback rally in a 3-2 win against Quebec.
These players will now get a few days rest then pick up the action as the Alpines start their best of five quarter final series against the Moncton Fisher Cats this Thursday at home.