Noel Road Blue Jays inch closer to top of NSIBL standings

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Published on July 21, 2014

Jason Hanes pitched the Knights' first game of a doubleheader July 20 against the Noel Road Blue Jays.

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Dave Swindall races to first base, hoping to beat the ball before Noel Road's Mike White can catch it.

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Mike White tags Dave Swindall out during the first game of a doubleheader between the Noel Road Blue Jays and the Windsor Knights.

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Kyle McCulloch gets ready to swing for the ball during Noel Road's opening game against the Windsor Knights. Also pictured is catcher Gwenaël Dugué.

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Mike White charges home as the Knights' catcher Gwenaël Dugué rushes to catch the ball in hopes of tagging him out.

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In an attempt to save the play, Knights catcher Gwenaël Dugué dove towards home plate to try to tag out Mike White. The Blue Jays' first baseman scored, resulting in the Noel Road team defeating Windsor 2-1 in the first game of their doubleheader July 20.

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Ryan Clarke nails the ball as the Knights tried to find the equalizer during Game 1 of their doubleheader with Noel Road July 20.

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Deron Moores, of the Hantsport Shamrocks, braces to catch the ball before Yarmouth's Aaron Nickerson reaches first. 

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Hantsport's Sean Croft lines up to glove a low ball sailing through the infield. 

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Deron Moores, of the Hantsport Shamrocks, tags Yarmouth's Aaron Nickerson out at first. 

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Hantsport's Mike King gets a stick on a fast pitch. 

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Hantsport's Kyle Johnston cracks the ball into the outfield. 

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The Hantsport Shamrocks praise Roland Provencal for a homer that put the home team on the scoreboard with two points in the last inning of play. 

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Hantsport's Mike King rushes back to first to reclaim the base before Kennetcook's first baseman gloves a pass from the pitcher.

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Hantsport's Mike King sprints for second while Kennetcook tries to recover from a missed pass.

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A Kennetcook runner crosses first before baseman Kyle Johnston catches the ball. 

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Hantsport's Matt Lloy leaps for first, eliminating Kennetcook's opportunity to catch him out.

The Noel Road Blue Jays have moved to within four points of the first place Pictou County Albions as a result of three consecutive wins over the Windsor Knights this past week.

The Blue Jays completed their Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League season sweep of the Knights after a hard fought doubleheader Sunday afternoon, July 20, in Windsor.

 

Noel Road 2, Windsor 1

After suffering a 2-0 loss in Noel Road Wednesday, July 16, a controversial call by the umpiring crew dominated discussion during and after the opening game of a doubleheader between the Blue Jays and Windsor Knights Sunday.

After Windsor jumped out in front 1-0 on an RBI single from Gwenaël Dugué, who scored Mike Johnston from third base, the Blue Jays came back to tie it up.

The controversy erupted after Dugué, the Windsor catcher, went to grab a pop-up and in doing so ran into a couple of bats near the Blue Jays’ on-deck circle.

“The bats were clearly in play and the umpire should have called the play dead,” said Dugué following the game.

The umpires conferred but did not change their ruling. The play resulted in Mike White, a Noel Road runner, being awarded an extra base. Shortly after that, White made it home to score the winning run for the Blue Jays.

Jason Hanes was the losing pitcher in the 2-1 game, while Damon Blois hurled the win for the Jays. It marked his third win of the season.

 

Noel Road 3, Windsor 1

In an outstanding game of baseball, Noel Road and Windsor were scoreless after eight innings of play before a defensive error by the Knights in the top of the ninth, with two outs, allowed the Blue Jays to collect a couple of hits and score three runs.

The Knights managed to get one back in the bottom half of the ninth, for a 3-1 final.

Dave Swindall pitched a gem for the Knights.

“Our offense is simply anemic at the present time as we are unable to string hits together, and when you are playing an exceptional defensive team like the Blue Jays, the job only gets harder,” said Dugué.

He noted they will be focusing their time on improving their batting skills as they head into play this weekend.

The three losses leave Windsor and Yarmouth tied for third place with 34 points, three back of Noel Road for second place and two ahead of the fifth place Hantsport Shamrocks.

The Blue Jays will play four games against the Shelburne County Schooners this weekend. They will travel to Clark's Harbour Saturday, July 26, for a pair of games before coming back home to host a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, July 27.

 

Hantsport sweeps Kennetcook in doubleheader

The Hantsport Shamrocks and Kennetcook Braves faced off for a doubleheader on Saturday in Noel Road.

Hantsport defeated the Braves 13-1 in the opening game, which only went five innings.

Hantsport allowed the Braves just three hits.  Wade Caldwell pitched the win for the Shamrocks.

In the second game, Hantsport blanked Kennetcook 6-0.

The Shamrocks called up Dylan deGraaf from the junior team to pitch this game and deGraaf pitched seven complete innings. He only allowed four hits.

The Shamrocks were assisted in getting runners on base by being hit by a pitch five times while collecting five hits.

The loss for the Braves was their 21st consecutive of the season.

 

Gateways register two wins over Shamrocks

On Sunday, July 20, Yarmouth was ready for their doubleheader against Hantsport as they went on to defeat the local team 4-2 and 7-0.

In the first game, the Gateways scored a pair of runs in the first inning and added single runs in the third and fourth innings off of losing pitcher Eric Such.

Roland Provencalput Hantsport on the scoreboard with two outs in the bottom of the seventh by clubbing a two-run homer over the fence but it was too little too late as Yarmouth quickly garnered the game's final out.

Adrian Lloy collected a single and a double for the Shamrocks.

In the second game, the Gateways struck for five runs in the third inning, collecting five straight hits after two were out while scoring four of their five runs.

The Gateways collected a pair of singles, two doubles and a triple off of losing pitcher Taylor Welch.

“We ran into a good hitting team but being at the .500 level at 8-8, with only eight regular season games left, we need to start winning now and this weekend at home against the Windsor Knights would be no better time,” said Shamrocks spokesperson Deron Moores.

The Knights travel to Hantsport for a doubleheader Sunday, July 27. The first game starts at 1 p.m.

“You can't do a lot as a team when you collect only eight hits over two games,” he added.

Hantsport occupies fifth place in the league standings, two points behind Windsor and Yarmouth. Only the top four teams advance to playoffs.

 

 

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

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

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