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Bradley Fuller, the junior Wildcats’ starting pitcher in the first game of a July 20 doubleheader with Tri-County, hurled a complete-game, three-hit shutout in a 1-0 Kentville victory. Tri-County won the second game of the doubleheader by a 4-2 score.
Kentville wins first game 1-0, drops second 4-2
The Kentville junior Wildcats and Tri-County Rangers split a doubleheader Sunday, July 20 at Memorial Park. Kentville won the first game 1-0, only to end up on the short end of a 4-2 score in the second game.
In the opener, Bradley Fuller was the story, throwing a complete-game, three-hit shutout to pick up the pitching win.
The game's only run scored on a balk during an attempted steal of home by Kentville's Seamus Lewin.
"Seamus got a great lead and had the base stolen, but the pitcher balked and the run scored anyway," said Kentville coach Lyle Boylen.
In the second game, Tri-County jumped out to an early 3-0 lead off Kentville's starter Nick Tibert.
The Wildcats clawed back to make it 3-2, one run scoring on an error and the other on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Brandon Croft, but Tri-County added an insurance run, scored on a wild pitch, and held on for the win.
"They're so much deeper than we are," coach Boylen said of Tri-County. "We don't have that luxury, at least not yet." On the other hand, "we got the split, and that's great."
He added, "even the 4-2 loss isn't that bad. We gave up a couple of runs in that one inning, the third. Other than that, we were okay." He acknowledged the Wildcats "got real good pitching, especially from Brad in the first game."
The results left the Wildcats with a record of 8-7-1 in regular season league play, with the national elimination tournament set for this coming weekend in Dartmouth.