Junior Wildcats gain revenge on Youth Selects with 7-6 win

John Decoste jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 21, 2014
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After a pair of lopsided defeats the previous time the teams met in Kentville, the junior Wildcats gained some revenge on the Nova Scotia Youth Selects June 13 in Dartmouth, pulling out a 7-6 victory.

Kentville built a 6-2 lead, but the provincial team plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the score.  The Wildcats continued to battle, and took the lead to stay in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Bradley Fuller.

Kentville got solid pitching from starter Wes Harding who pitched four-and-two-thirds innings before giving way to Fuller, who went the final two-and-a-third innings, allowing only one hit, to earn the pitching win.

Dryden Schofield led the offence with two hits and two RBI. Jeff Longaphy chipped in a double and Fuller contributed a pair of singles. Brandon Croft drew a pair of walks and ended up scoring two runs.

Wildcats’ coach Lyle Boylen termed it “a very entertaining, well-played game by both clubs.”

June 17, also at Beazley Field, the Wildcats fell to 4-6 on the season with a 5-4, extra-inning loss to the Dartmouth juniors.

Dartmouth opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the third. Kentville replied with one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the top of the seventh for a 4-2 lead.

Dartmouth came back with two in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score, then pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Dartmouth ended up with five runs on six hits and made three errors. Kentville finished with four runs on five hits and one error.

Liam Logan, the last of four Dartmouth pitchers, picked up the win, while Jaelin Trider led the offence with two RBI. The Kentville game stats were not posted.