Coming off a pair of great wins, including a superb 1-0 shutout the previous weekend against the Yarmouth Gateways, fans thought the Windsor Knights would be ready to roll the 1-9 Bridgewater Bulldogs into the outfield grass June 24 in Windsor. However, the Bulldogs, who are rebuilding this season, had something different in mind as they registered 8-7 and 6-0 victories over the Knights.
Windsor started the opening game strong, plating five runs in the bottom half of the first but could only manage two runs the rest of the way. The Bulldogs were trailing 6-1 going to the top of the fourth when they scored three times to close the gap to 6-4. They connected for four more runs with a pair in both the fifth and sixth innings to take an 8-7 lead heading into the final inning.
Steve Best pitched five innings for the Knights with Paul Humphrey's finishing the game off.
Jason Hanes connected for a three-run double and a single while Alex Patterson went four for four for the Knights with a double and three singles.
The second game saw Bridgewater score two in the first and two more in the seventh while adding single runs in the fourth and fifth for the 6-0 win.
“Our bats were non-existent and with the seven or eight hits we did manage to scratch out, we left far too many runners on base,” said Gwenael Dugue, the Knights’ spokesperson.
Dugue who caught both games for Windsor said the team “seemed to get deflated” after a controversial call at the plate in the fourth inning. It appeared to many observers that Dugue had applied the tag in plenty of time on the Bridgewater runner, but the umpire saw things differently.
Patterson was the losing pitcher for Windsor.
"Sunday afternoon was downer for the entire team as we played nothing like we did in Yarmouth the weekend before,” said Dugue.
Windsor started playing their five games in nine days on June 26 with a game in Dartmouth against the AAA Jr. team. Then on Wednesday night in Halifax, they were scheduled to visit the Halifax Jr. AAA team. The Knights have a doubleheader in Hantsport July 2 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They will then return to Halifax to play the Jr. AAA team July 4.
Blue Jays extend winning streak
The Noel Road Blue Jays began the season 1-3 but have been red hot since then, winning their sixth and seventh consecutive games Sunday afternoon on the Noel Shore. They defeated the Yarmouth Gateways 9-8 in the opener before taking the second game 10-7.
In the opener, Noel Road scored three runs in the third inning and added five more in the fourth inning but the Gateways kept it close with an explosive six-run fifth inning.
Mike White was the king of offense for the Blue Jays, slugging a pair of home runs and collecting six RBI's in the opener. Matt Wiseman also clobbered a two-run homer and Josh Burke had a pair of hits, including a double.
Noel Road started the second game with a five-run explosion in the bottom of the first inning en route to the 10-7 win.
White added yet another home run, a two-run shot to give him three home runs and eight RBI's in the doubleheader. Kenny Miller was two for four with a double and two RBI's while Wiseman was two for three.
Justin Campbell garnered the pitching win for the Jays with Miller throwing a single inning for the save.
In pitching the initial four innings, Campbell gave up five earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
The Blue Jays will try to stretch their winning streak to 10 games when they host the Tri-County Jr. AAA team from the Pictou County area on July 2 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. before travelling into Dartmouth on July 3 for a single game against the Dartmouth Jr. AAA team.
Shamrocks still in first place
Hantsport fell into a first place tie with the Pictou County Albions Sunday afternoon in Stellarton by dropping the opening game of their doubleheader 9-8.
Hantsport scored three times in the first inning, two more in the fifth inning and tallied three in the final inning while Pictou scored their nine runs in the first five innings. Joey Gaudet went two for four with a double while driving in three runs in a losing cause for the Shamrocks. Adrian Lloy was three for four, scoring a pair of runs while also collecting two RBI's.
The Shamrocks roared back to take over first place again in the second game as they throttled the Albions 13-2 in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Hantsport was up 10-0 after two innings and then added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Adrian Lloy slugged a two-run homer for the visitors while Dryden Schofield drove in three runs going three for four at the plate, one of the hits being a double. Doug Coldwell pitched five innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, no walks and fanning four.