Blue Jays, Knights duking it out in NSIBL standings war

Dan Boyd
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The season just keeps getting harder for a young Kennetcook Braves team as they play their expansion season in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League.

They have now lost their 16th and 17th consecutive games since the season started on the Victoria Day weekend in Hantsport.

Of the 17 losses, the Braves have been shutout a total of 10 times.

The latest losses took place at home Sunday afternoon, July 6, by scores of 17-0 and 9-0 to the Yarmouth Pub Gateways.

The Braves have scored 14 runs in their 17 losses while allowing 205 for a run differential of -191.

Despite their 17 losses, Brave starting pitcher Elliot Dickson Green leads the NSIBL in strikeouts, with 28. He is followed closely by Windsor’s Dave Swindall, who has 25 strikeouts to date, and Matt Lloy, of Hantsport, who has 23.

Swindall's record on the season is 2-2 and the Knights are looking for some clutch pitching performances as they hope to go deep in this year's NSIBL championship round.

The Knights are slated to travel to Noel Road for a single game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 8.

The Knights will then return to action this coming Sunday, July 13, when they host the Kennetcook Braves for a doubleheader at Tremain Crescent. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  

Following that, the Knights will gear up for a three-game set with the Noel Road Blue Jays.

The Knights will travel to Noel Road July 16 for a 7 p.m. game before hosting them for a doubleheader Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Currently, the Knights and Blue Jays are separated by a single point in the standings.

The four-game series between the two Hants County rivals could come down to pitching. The Blue Jays will likely be putting Justin Campbell, who is 4-0 on the season with 0.64 ERA, Shawn Marshall, with his 2-1 record and 1.47 ERA, and Kyle McCulloch, who has fanned 17 batters while going 0-1 and garnering an ERA of 1.54, on the mound.

The Knights’ bats hope to improve upon their sixth place .250 league batting average in which they have collected two home runs and nine doubles and .392 on base percentage.  

All eyes will be on Aaron McPhee, with the Blue Jays, as he continues swinging a monster bat for the Jays. He currently sits in fifth place in the league's batting leaders with a .487 average going 19 for 39, collecting three doubles, six RBIs, eight walks and six stolen bases.

Derek Hart, of Windsor, is in seventh place in the league with a .423 average, having gone 11 for 26 with 5 RBI's and four walks.

The Hantsport Shamrocks are not in a playoff spot at the present time, but the Shamrocks always seem to catch fire at the right time and will take their 5-5 record into action this Sunday afternoon, July 13, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They host the 4-4 Shelburne County Schooners.

Hantsport catcher Jed Martin is presently leading the way for Hantsport at the plate with a .481 average, having gone 13 for 27 with three doubles and nine RBIs. The Shamrocks, looking to get into the playoff picture, are hoping Martin's bat will be hot this Sunday.

  

NSIBL standings — as of conclusion of play Sunday, July 6, 2014

1.  Pictou County Albions — 10 wins  5 losses — 35 points

2.  Yarmouth Pub Gateways — 8 wins 4 losses — 28 points

3.  Noel Road Blue Jays — 7 wins 4 losses — 25 points

4.  Windsor Knights — 7 wins 3 losses — 24 points

5.  Hantsport Shamrocks — 5 wins 5 losses — 20 points

6.  Kennetcook Braves — 0 wins 17 losses —17 points

7.  Shelburne Schooners — 4 wins 4 losses — 16 points

 

Note: teams receive three points for a win, one point for a loss. The top four teams will make playoffs.

 

 

Organizations: Blue Jays, Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League, Braves Noel Road Blue Jays Kennetcook Braves Windsor Knights Hantsport Shamrocks

Geographic location: Hantsport, Windsor, Hants County Noel Noel Road Nova Scotia

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