The Noel Road Blue Jays first baseman Mike White told the Hants Journal that this past weekend "was huge for the Noel Road ball club.”
With the Blue Jays securing five wins last week, White said it “will help the club immensely” as they attempt to finish in first place and host the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship playoff weekend Aug. 23-24.
With Pictou County being idle, the five wins moved the Hants County ball team into first place in the NSIBL standings. They have 55 points, which is 14 more than the second place Albions.
To date, the Blue Jays have a 17-4 record, compared to the Pictou’s 12-5 record.
“The hot weather, combined with work, practice during the week, and games every weekend, make it a long season,” White noted, adding, “but we get a breather now with only three games left in our regular season prior to the championship weekend."
The Blue Jays handed the Kennetcook Braves their 22nd consecutive loss of the season thanks to Kyle McCulloch, who doubled and tripled and drove in four runs. Justin Campbell pitched the win, allowing only one hit and striking out four.
Ronnie Ettinger took the loss allowing nine hits on eight runs.
The Blue Jays then travelled to Shelburne County for two games Saturday, July 26 against the Schooners. They won both games by counts of 6-1 and 10-0.
Campbell pitched his eighth win of the season in the opener and Shawn Marshall hurled the win in the second game.
If one 10-0 game wasn't enough, the Blue Jays, with help from White and Matt Wiseman who both clubbed home runs, took Sunday's first game against the Schooners by an identical score. They went on to win the final game of the four-game weekend 8-2.
Anthony Miller pitched the win in the weekend finale.
The Blue Jays are now idle until Friday, Aug. 8 when they will travel to Pictou County for a single game before concluding the regular season with a pair of games in Yarmouth on Aug. 16.
Knights, Shamrocks split Sunday doubleheader
The drive to the playoffs has become much more intense as the Windsor Knights and Hantsport Shamrocks split a reunion weekend doubleheader in Hantsport.
The Knights won the opener 4-1 before allowing eight runs in the first and third innings of the second game to fall 10-5.
In the opener, two errors by the Shamrocks catcher Jed Martin in the first inning helped the Knights score two runs. In the third inning, Ryan Clarke singled to drive in Paul Humphreys, who had doubled to take a 3-0 lead.
Humphreys pitched the win for Windsor, allowing six hits and walking none. Matt Lloy suffered the loss, giving up eight hits and walking three.
Despite their second game win, the Shamrocks still occupy fifth place in the league standings. They have a record of nine wins and nine losses, which is good for 36 points. The Knights are in fourth place, with a 10-8 record for 38 points. Only the top four teams advance to playoffs.
The Shamrocks scored a pair of runs in the first inning of the second game on singles by Martin and Mike King and a Windsor error.
The Shamrocks scored six times in the bottom of the third thanks to a collision between the Knights’ centre and right fielders with the bases loaded and five base hits.
Hantsport moved in front 10-1 before the Knights attempted a late game rally.
The only Hants County team in action this weekend will be the Shamrocks as they travel to Yarmouth for a pair of games Sunday.