By John DeCoste
The Kentville Wildcats grabbed a three-games-to-two advantage in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League final with a 9-2 win over the Sydney Sooners in game five of the series Sunday afternoon in Kentville.
The Wildcats won two of the three games this weekend at Memorial Park. Kevin Nichols and Codey Shrider combined on a four-hitter, and they were well-supported offensively as the Wildcats finished with nine runs on 16 hits off Sydney pitchers Justin Brewer (who was driven from the mound in the third inning) and Nate Brewer.
Kentville scored three runs in the second and four more in the third for a 7-1 lead after three innings, then added single runs in the seventh and eighth. Sydney's second run came in the top of the sixth.
Kevin Matheson led the Kentville offense with two singles, a double and three RBI. Mike Lockhart had four singles and two RBI, and Curtis Falls added three singles and also drove in two. Alex Ostrov singled and doubled and had one RBI, and Rob Shepherd chipped in a pair of singles.
Sean Ferguson and Cory Christie had one RBI apiece for the Sooners, who ended up committing four of the game's five errors.
The series now returns to Sydney next weekend, with the Wildcats needing one more victory to wrap up their first NSSBL title since 2000, and the Sooners needing to win twice to claim the championship.