By John DeCoste
The task is simple for the Kentville Senior Wildcats if they want to win their playoff semi-final series with Halifax – win on their home field.
If the Wildcats had been able to win game two Tuesday evening at home, the series might well be over.
Instead, Halifax eked out a 1-0 victory behind Craig Field’s complete-game three-hitter, spoiling an equally fine pitching performance by Kentville’s Colby Turple.
The Wildcats took back control of the series with a 6-3 victory Wednesday evening in Halifax – their second road win in three games.
Veteran lefty Kevin Nichols was the latest Wildcats’ pitcher to turn in a solid effort in the series, going the distance for the win.
Kentville led 3-0 midway through the second inning and 5-3 after six before pushing across their final run in the top of the eighth.
Billy MacKenzie had a double, two singles and two RBI to lead an 11-hit Kentville offense, and Kevin Matheson doubled and also drove in a pair.
NSSBL batting champion Ian Lockhart added two singles and one RBI, and Mike Lockhart singled and doubled.
For Halifax, which finished with three runs on 10 hits, Paul Davie had two singles and two RBI, Shawn Peverill two singles and one RBI, and Adam Lucas and Ryan Veinot each chipped in a pair of singles.
Halifax starter Barrett Bellefontaine took the loss.
Game four is this evening (Thursday) at Memorial Park, with the Wildcats looking to close out the series.
Head coach Ian Mosher was unsure of his game four starter. Normally, it would have been game one winner Codey Shrider, but Shrider, Turple and Jake Lonar are in Toronto until Tuesday for a Blue Jays identification camp and tournament.
Mosher did get a bit of good news on Wednesday when veteran pitcher Trevor Wamback, who has not played this season, agreed to join the Kentville roster for the remainder of the playoffs.
Mosher suggested Wamback could start game five of the series Saturday in Halifax if it is required.
“I, for one, hope we all have Saturday night off,” he added.