Local fast pitch softball fans have the chance to catch some great junior men’s ball all summer long.
The White Rock Rockies, who call the St. Croix ball field their home field, held their first doubleheader of the season June 19 when then took on the East Hants Expos.
The teams split the doubleheader, with the Rockies winning 4-2 in the first game, and suffering a 7-5 loss in the second. The split keeps them one game under .500 on the season. Their record is three wins, four losses.
Justin Schofield, who started his softball career with the West Hants Thunder in 2002, no-hit the Expos while striking out 14, including the side in the first, fourth and sixth innings. The Expos did not help themselves in the field, making five errors.
The Rockies recorded three hits in the bottom of the second inning with Curtis Broussard, Dave Phillips and Daron Rafuse all connecting for base hits and providing the Rockies with two runs.
Expos take Game 2
The Expos, who had lost all six games leading up to the doubleheader, started the second game strong as Jake Hopewell doubled and Dennis Nolan sent him home with an RBI single.
The Expos took a 4-1 lead after two innings when Mt. Denson’s Adrian Lloy, who plays baseball for the Hantsport Shamrocks but also finds time to tend third base for East Hants, led off the second with a triple to deep right field. That was followed by two singles and two walks to give the Expos three additional runs.
The Expos won the game 7-5.
Matt Lyttle struggled a bit on the mound for the Rockies. Lyttle gave up 12 hits in taking the loss.
Rockies have talent
The Rockies' Schofield is considered to be one of Canada’s top fast pitch softball pitchers, having been a member of the 2011 Canadian Jr. Men’s Championship Team while being named tournament MVP. This was after he played in California in 2010 and then attended his first International Softball Congress Championship with the Toronto Gators where his team placed sixth.
He pitched for the Minnesota Angels last summer and is back playing with the Toronto Gators again this season. He is also on the 40-man roster of Team Canada’s camp preparing for next summer’s Pan-American Games in Toronto.
Schofield is joined by Tyler Whynot on the Pan-American Canadian roster of softball players.
Whynot was also a member of the 2011 Canadian Junior Men’s Championship Team while being named top hitter at the 2010 Canadian Junior Men’s Championship in St. Croix.
Lyttle is playing with the Toronto Gators this season and will compete in the International Softball Congress Championship in Kitchener, Ontario from Aug. 8-16.
Upcoming home games
The White Rock Rockies have five games coming up before the middle of July. Their next home games will be July 17 at the St. Croix ball field at 7 and 9 p.m. when they take on Halifax.