Windsor Knights sweep Schooners in doubleheader at home

Dan Boyd
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Published on May 26, 2014

Ryan Clarke was on the mound May 25 during the Windsor Knights' 5-0 win over the Shelburne County Schooners.

Published on May 26, 2014

After tagging out a Schooner sliding to second base, Windsor's Josh Shankel tosses the ball to first base in an attempt to make a double play.

Published on May 26, 2014

There was some wild pitching from Shelburne County May 25, with lots of balls being called. Pictured is the Knights' head coach Jason Hanes narrowly missing getting hit.

Published on May 26, 2014

A Shelburne County Schooner secures third base May 25 during the first game of a doubleheader with the Windsor Knights. The hometown team held Shelburne scoreless, defeating them 5-0. Also pictured is Knight Brandon Parker.

Published on May 26, 2014

Paul Humphreys leans back to make the catch and throw out a Shelburne County Schooner May 25.

Published on May 26, 2014

Gwenaël Dugué nails the ball, sending home two players during the Knights' 5-0 victory May 25 over the Shelburne County Schooners.

Published on May 26, 2014

Shannon States lunges forward to catch the ball, ready to tag out the runner headed for first place May 25.

The Windsor Knights were on a roll Sunday afternoon, defeating the Shelburne County Schooners 5-0 and 5-1 in their home opener.

Dave Swindall bounced back Sunday afternoon at the Tremain Crescent ball field, after a disappointing start to his season in Yarmouth, to strike-out 12 players and assist the Knights in the completion of their doubleheader sweep over the Shelburne County Schooners.

Ryan Clarke, who pitched the opening 5-0 win over the Schooners, assisted offensively for the Knights in Swindall’s win as he went three for four with both an RBI single and an RBI double.

Newcomer Cory Whitney also contributed a two-run single for the Knights in the second game.

In the opening game win, the Knights had a two-run double from Gwenaël Dugué in a two-run fifth inning. Derek Hart sliced a sharp RBI single down the third base line to provide the Knights with another run in the sixth inning.

As for Clarke, he dominated the Schooner squad with nine strike-outs.

Josh Shankel had three walks and a run for the Knights in the opening game victory.

Dugué, the Knights' catcher, said the team was pleased with the three recent additions to the Knights line-up. The new players are Brandon Parker, Carter Swain, and Whitney.

“All three are proven ball players and it will be a huge relief to know the team can go to the bench when someone is only feeling 80 per cent and substitute a player without thinking,” said Dugué.

Asked about what kind of playing time they might expect this summer, Dugué noted “they are capable ball players and when you can produce in this league, you rarely have to be concerned about riding the bench too much.”


Shamrocks surprised by Albions sweep

The Pictou County Albions showed no mercy when they took on last year's Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League champions, the Hantsport Shamrocks on the weekend.

The Albions won 11-1 and 5-0.

Jeff Bishop, the Shamrocks head coach, told the Hants Journal that after their opening weekend victory, he was still looking at a number of options to add for the 2014 season. That search is still underway.

Coming off a rather easy doubleheader sweep of the Kennetcook Braves, the Shamrocks hit the road for Stellarton May 25 and met up with the Albions, who always seem to start the year strong before fading in the end. This differs from Hantsport, as the Shamrocks often shake off a couple of losses early and then go on a winning streak.

Bishop said there “wasn’t much to say” about the doubleheader on Sunday.


Kennetcook Braves lose weekend doubleheader

The Kennetcook Braves haven't been able to catch a break since joining the NSIBL this year. They have lost the four games they have played. Most recently, on the weekend, the Yarmouth Gateways defeated the new team 16-0 and 14-0.

The Braves have now been outscored in their first four regular season games by a count of 64-3.

The two wins for the Gateways leaves them in an early season first place tie with the Windsor Knights, setting up an excellent doubleheader for this Sunday afternoon, June 1, in Windsor. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m.

On Friday, May 30, the Noel Road Blue Jays will travel to Pictou County for a game. Then, the Albions will return to Hants County for a doubleheader with the Braves June 1.

Organizations: Shelburne County Schooners, Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League, Hants Journal Noel Road Blue Jays Kennetcook Braves Windsor Knights

Geographic location: Shelburne County, Yarmouth, Hantsport Pictou County Hants County Tremain Crescent

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