The weather certainly played a large role in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League's schedule this past weekend.
The wet weather moved a doubleheader between the Pictou County Albions and the Windsor Knights from Saturday to Sunday and postponed two doubleheaders — one on the Noel Road between the Kennetcook Braves and Shelburne County Schooners, the other in Hantsport between the hometown Shamrocks and the Yarmouth Pub Gateways.
Windsor holds on to win Game 1
The Windsor Knights struck for a pair of runs in the first inning of the opening game against the Pictou County Albions only to fall behind 5-2 going into the bottom of the third. The Knights rallied as Mike Johnston singled after Jason Hanes walked and Derek Hart doubled. Gwenaël Dugué then walked and, after an error and a wild pitch by Pictou, the Knights and Albions were knotted at 5-5. Windsor scored their winning run in the bottom of the fourth after Paul Humphreys doubled and Ryan Clarke drove him in with an RBI single.
Dave Swindall got off to a shaky start on the mound but when the Knights were counting on him in the late stretches of the game, his location became sharper and he did not allow a run after the third inning.
Albions respond to loss with 13-0 victory
The Knights took a thumping in the second game of the doubleheader.
“We should just burn the scorebook and forget the game ever happened,” said Dugué, the team's catcher and spokesperson.
Clarke started for the Knights and allowed nine runs including a first inning grand slam. He was replaced halfway through the game.
“We were far from great defensively,” noted Dugué, adding that, “Pictou simply crushed the ball and had a great afternoon offensively.”
The loss leaves the Knights still one point behind the Albions for first place in the NSIBL standings. Pictou County currently has a 6-3 record, and Windsor's record is 6-2. The Knights are now off until June 29 when they host the Hantsport Shamrocks.
Blue Jays show Braves no mercy
In a game played earlier last week on the Noel Road, the Blue Jays smoked the Kennetcook Braves 11-0.
The first-year expansion Kennetcook team has been struggling as they continue to allow runs.
The Blue Jays scored three runs in the first inning and added three more in the second thanks to a four-for-five night from the Jays' Mike White.
White drove in four runs with three doubles, while Kenny Miller also added an RBI double.
Shawn Marshall pitched the win, striking out six. He left after the third to allow Kyle McCulloch to finish up.
Kyle Harvey took over from losing pitcher Elliott Dickson Green after one and two-thirds of an inning. Dickson-Green gave up three runs, four hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck-out three. Harvey gave up eight runs, all earned, nine hits, five walks and struck-out three.
The Braves and Blue Jays were slated to play again Wednesday evening, June 19, at 7 p.m. on the Noel Road.
The Blue Jays will travel to Hantsport for a Sunday doubleheader. Game time is 1 and 3 p.m.
The Blue Jays and Shamrocks have already split a pair of games to date this season.
The Braves have this weekend off.