The game of softball was alive once again in Harbour Breton on August 4 as four teams competed for the title of champs during the community’s Red Head Rocks Festival.
The Harbour Breton Piranhas, the Harbour Breton Rhinos, the Bay d’Espoir Hippos and the Conne River Cheetahs participated in the fast-paced tournament that included plenty of action for the fans in attendance.
In addition to regular game play, the tournament included an interesting home run derby that included 16 players vying for the best hitter title.
Joey Hunt came out on top with five home runs while Benjamin Perry hit the longest home run in the contest.
The first game in the play-off round saw the Harbour Breton Rhinos taking on the Cheetahs to determine who would play against the Piranhas in the championship match.
The Cheetahs got off to a fast start and ran past the Rhinos at a fairly fast clip. Going in to the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rhinos trailed the Cheetahs by four runs and it seemed like the game was over.
However, the Rhinos put on their game faces in the inning and, with the Cheetahs running out of steam, the team scored five runs and won the game 12 to 11.
The Rhinos however had spent a lot of their energy in the semi-final game and were no match for the Piranhas in the final contest.
Led by the hitting power of Joey Hunt, Ray Power, Benjamin Perry and Kevin Stewart the Piranhas came away with a victory over the Rhinos and the bragging rights to being the best team in tournament play.