Two outstanding baseball games were played Sunday afternoon in Windsor, with the hometown Knights rallying late in the sixth inning of the second game to upend Hantsport 6-3 to split their weekend doubleheader.
In the first game, Knights’ losing pitcher Dave Swindall gave up three runs in the sixth inning as he encountered some shaky fielding by his teammates. Swindall gave up seven hits with four of them coming in the top of the sixth inning on consecutive singles from Chad Munroe, Jed Martin, Roland Provencal and Joey Gaudet.
Matt Lloy pitched the win for Hantsport, a performance described by the Knights’ team spokesperson Gwenaël Dugué as a "well-pitched game, in which Lloy was consistent from start to finish.”
The final was 4-1.
In the second game, Hantsport led 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Knights scored four runs.
Ryan Clarke led off with a sharp single, followed by a Derek Hart double and an intentional walk to Mike Johnston loaded the bases with no outs.
Martin, the Shamrocks’ catcher, then attempted to pick Clarke off at third base but his throw went wide and Clarke ran home to tie the game 3-3.
After Cory Whitney grounded out, Jason Hanes delivered a pinch-hit single followed by singles from Shannon States and Swindall to plate the three additional runs and the 6-3 lead.
Windsor held onto the lead when Hantsport took the field in the seventh inning.
“We delivered on some exceptional clutch hitting with timely hits, which is what you need in big games against teams like Hantsport,” said Dugué following the win.
Paul Humphreys pitched the win for Windsor, allowing six Shamrock hits and also assisted at the plate as he and Hart delivered RBI doubles to drive in two runs in the third inning.
Taylor Welsh was the losing pitcher for Hantsport. Martin and Dryden Schofield delivered RBI doubles in the second inning when Hantsport scored their three runs.
In the top half of the fifth, Joey Gaudet, after singling to lead off the inning and stealing second base for Hantsport, attempted to score on Mike King's sharp single to left centre. But, Swindall made a superb throw to stop Gaudet at home plate and keep the Shamrocks from going up 4-2.
Gateways, Blue Jays also split games
The Noel Road Blue Jays hosted the Yarmouth Gateways Sunday for a doubleheader, and also split the series.
Damon Blois suffered the opening game 5-2 loss. The final left Blue Jays coach Sheldon McPhee upset as only one umpire was assigned to the game.
“It makes it difficult for the home plate umpire to be making calls on the bases,” he said.
McPhee sang the praises of winning pitcher Shawn Marshall following the second game, where the Blue Jays defeated Yarmouth 3-1.
“Marshall threw a text book game with his pitch selection keeping Gateway hitters guessing throughout,” he said.
The only run he gave up was a solo home run and he also struck-out nine Yarmouth hitters.
Kenny Miller went five for five over two games for the Jays.
Braves annihilated by Pictou County
The Kennetcook Braves’ spokesperson Tyler Singer told the Hants Journal at the beginning of the season that it was “going to be a difficult season." He was correct, as the expansion team has now lost 14 consecutive games in their inaugural season in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League.
The latest losses took place in Stellarton June 29 by scores of 14-1 and 13-0 to the first place Pictou County Albions.
The Braves have scored 14 runs in their 11 losses while allowing 179 for a run differential of -165.
The Noel Road Blue Jays will be at home to the Shelburne County Schooners this Saturday, July 5, for a doubleheader. Game time is 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Blue Jays are also scheduled to play the Kennetcook Braves on Wednesday night, July 2, and will host the Windsor Knights Tuesday, July 8 in a single game starting at 7 p.m.
Both Hantsport and Windsor are idle this coming weekend.
The Braves will play a pair of games against Yarmouth Sunday afternoon in Noel Road.