The Amherst A.D. MacEachern Insurance Athletics have received a $500 community support grant from the Town of Amherst.
The team will use the grant to help cover the cost of hosting the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship tournament at the Robb’s Centennial Complex on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, 2021.
“We are pleased to provide this grant to the Amherst Athletics as they host the league championship,” Mayor David Kogon said, while presenting the cheque on behalf of the Amherst town council to Bill Jobes, the team’s manager and head coach, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
“The Athletics are a very good team. They recently won the Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA Provincial Championship and we wish them well as they pursue winning the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship.”
Hosting the championship tournament will enable the town to show off the excellent baseball facilities at the Robb’s Centennial Complex and could result in more provincial and league tournaments being held here in Amherst, the mayor said.
Kogon urged residents to take the time during the tournament weekend to head down to the complex to watch the baseball games and cheer on the Athletics.
“You will get to see some excellent baseball,” he said.
“This is the first time Amherst has ever hosted the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship,” Jobes said. “I’d like to say thank you to the town for their support of this event.
“The financial support provided by the Town of Amherst and the tremendous job over the past couple of years to make the Robb Centennial Complex one of the best in the province is overwhelming.
“The grant from the town will help us make this tournament one of the best in the league championship history and will help us represent Amherst the way it deserves to be represented.”
The battle for the playoff spots has been tight, with it going down to the last weekend of the regular season to determine which teams would vie for the championship.
The Athletics captured the top spot and will be challenged for the championship by the Sherose Island Schooners, who finished in second place, the Pictou County Royals, who finished third, and the Truro Bearcats, who finished fourth in the seven-team league.
The first game between the Athletics and the Bearcats kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. It will be followed by a match between the Schooners and Royals at 11:30 a.m.
Game 3, between the losers of the first and second games, will go at 2 p.m. It will be followed at 4 p.m. by Game 4, which will pit the winners of the first two games against each other.
Game 5 will go on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. It will see the winner of Game 3 battle the loser from Game 4. Game 6 will go at 12:30 p.m. It will see the winners of Game 4 and Game 5 battle it out. Game 7, if necessary, will go at 3 p.m.