BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
The Kentville Wildcats didn’t go down without a fight, but they still lost game three of their NSSBL semifinal Sept. 10 in Dartmouth by a 19-9 score. The Moosehead Dry swept the series in three straight games.
Dartmouth struck first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and led 7-2 after two innings.
Kentville fought back to tie the score 7-7 with five in the top of the fourth, but Dartmouth replied with one in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth, one in the seventh and put the game away with a five-run eighth.
The Wildcats managed single runs in the sixth and seventh, but it wasn’t nearly enough, as the game was called after eight innings under the NSSBL’s 10-run mercy rule.
Craig Langille went six innings and, despite the Wildcats’ five-run fourth, picked up the win thanks to lots of offensive support from his teammates. Cam Marling and Jeff Reeves both appeared in relief.
Shayne Conrad, the first of four Kentville pitchers, took the loss. Clyde Landry, Luke Conrad and Pete Sonier pitched in relief for the Wildcats, who ended up with 12 hits to Dartmouth’s 19.
Darren Doucette was again a potent offensive weapon for the Dry with two homers, a single and five RBI. Joel Irvine added two singles and also drove in five. Colin Johnson also homered, and Greg West continued his hot hitting with a double and two singles.
For the Wildcats, Mike Lockhart and Les Berry each had three singles and Bobby Selby added a pair of singles.