Hantsport sweeps Windsor

Dan Boyd
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Shamrocks looking ahead to Noel Road games

Unlike the past three to four weeks, the Hantsport Shamrocks had their full line-up hitting one through nine and moving runners along the bases this past weekend. As a result, they swept the Windsor Knights 9-3 and 10-4. The second game actually went into extra innings at Tremaine Crescent in Windsor July 10 in Nova Scotia Intermediate Men’s Baseball League play.

It was far cry from just a few weeks ago when the two clubs split a twin bill in Hantsport, scoring limited runs with Paul Humphreys, of Windsor, blanking the Shamrocks in one game on a three-hit shutout.

In the second game July 10, the teams were tied 3-3 after seven innings before the Shamrocks erupted for seven runs in the top half of the ninth inning to crush the Knights.

The Shamrocks big producers in that ninth inning run were Jeff Bishop, with a three-run homer over the fence, and a pair of RBI's from Jed Martin on a two-run single. Mike King actually drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single for Hantsport as Windsor did manage one run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Matt Lloy had quite an afternoon for Hantsport on the pitching mound. Despite the windy conditions, he pitched all nine innings, giving up seven hits, striking out six and walking three batters. Jason Hanes took the loss for Windsor, giving up eight runs with relief help from Dave Swindell, who was victimized for the final two.

Despite the 10-4 setback, Windsor actually led 3-1 after the first inning thanks in part to an RBI double from Shannon States and an RBI single from Ryan Clarke.

In the opening game, Hantsport scored twice in the first inning, added another pair in the third inning and three more runs in the fifth inning.

The big bats for Hantsport were Derek Hart, who clubbed a two-run homer and collected a pair of singles while Joey Gaudet had three RBI's for the Shamrocks on a two-run double in the fifth as well as an RBI single.

Despite the 9-3 setback, Windsor hit quite well, collecting 11 hits and had runners on the bases in every inning except for the second. But, just like Hantsport over the previous few weeks, Windsor had difficulty moving the runners along.

Hanes did connect for a two-run homer off Doug Coldwell in the seventh inning while Mike Johnson and Ryan Clarke both had a pair of base hits for the Knights who fell below .500 to 6-8 on the season. Coldwell pitched the full seven innings in the opener, striking out four and walking one to go along with the 11 hits he gave up.

“The guys are now looking at playing without a doubt their two most important games of the season,” said Hantsport's Deron Moores.

The Shamrocks will travel to Noel Road July 17 for a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. The Shamrocks will enter the game with a 10-4 record while Noel Road has a 6-4 record, having had this past weekend off.

“We essentially control our own destiny and a sweep of the Blue Jays in Noel Sunday would put us in pretty good shape toward hosting the League Championship Tournament later this summer in Hantsport,” said Moores.

Organizations: Baseball League, Blue Jays

Geographic location: Hantsport, Windsor, Noel Road Shannon States

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