Jason Hanes was dominant on the mound for the Windsor Knights Sunday afternoon, June 1, as he busted the Yarmouth Gateway hitters with inside fastballs that kept finding the strike zone.
Hanes finished the game with four strike-outs as the Knights won the opener of a doubleheader 2-1. All three runs were scored in the seventh inning.
The Knights scored their first run after Cory Whitney, pinch-hitting for Wade Flynn, beat out a ground ball with great hustle as the Yarmouth first baseman was pulled from the bag. Paul Humphreys followed that up with an RBI double to right centre. Humphreys then advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Ryan Clarke’s single to right.
Game 2 sees Knights win 5-4
The Knights won their fifth consecutive game of the season by plating four runs in the bottom of the first.
Humphreys reached on an error, Clarke and Derek Hart both singled, with Humphreys scoring before Shannon States drilled a ball over the right field fence to put Windsor ahead 4-0 in their second game against the Gateways June 1.
The Gateways were not to be outdone as they roared back with a three-run second on three base hits.
Windsor scored their fifth and final run in the bottom of the third on a Gwenaël Dugué RBI double.
Humphreys pitched the win, going five innings before Dave Swindall came on and pitched two innings of relief.
The Knights are now 5-1 on the season and in second place in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League standings. The Pictou County Albions are currently in first place with a 5-2 record.
The league is using a different structure for wins and losses this season. A win is worth three points while a loss means one point.
The Knights will have a golden opportunity this weekend to take over first place as they travel to Stellarton for a doubleheader with the Albions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, June 6. The Albions will return to Windsor June 14 for another doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Elsewhere around the league
Elsewhere in league play this past week, the Noel Road Blue Jays lost 1-0 to the Pictou County Albions on Friday night, May 30.
The Albions then travelled to Noel Road June 1 and defeated the Kennetcook Braves 9-8 and 10-0.
In the opening game Sunday, the expansion Braves played their best game of the season and nearly rallied in the bottom of the seventh. They entered trailing 9-5, scored three times but could not manage the tying run. Chad Bartlett was four for four with a double for the Braves while Ronnie Ettinger was two for four with a double.
Three errors cost the Braves as Pictou scored four times in the third, and added two more apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the second game, Pictou did the bulk of their scoring in two innings as they scored five times in the first and added four more runs in the fourth.
Both the Windsor Knights and the Kennetcook Braves will have away games on Saturday, June 7. The Knights will visit the Albions and the Braves will visit the Shelburne County Schooners.
On Sunday, June 8, the Hantsport Shamrocks will travel to Noel Road to take on the Blue Jays in a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Then, on Tuesday, June 10, the Blue Jays and Braves face off for a single game at 7 p.m. at the Noel Road ball field.