Shamrocks stood up Sunday, handed two wins

Dan Boyd
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The Hantsport Shamrocks were ready to play their doubleheader July 24, but never had the opportunity.

Team spokesperson Deron Moores received a call Sunday morning from the Amherst Coor's Light Blues. It was a call baseball teams never like to hear.

“It’s not good for the league and one of the worst things you could possibly hear at 10 a.m. on the day of a scheduled doubleheader," said Moores.

The Amherst team forfeited the doubleheader because they could not come up with enough players to field a team.

“Five or six Amherst players were waiting at the Amherst ballpark and they were ticked off royally when five or six others did not report and never called to say otherwise," Moores added.

As a result, the Nova Scotia Intermediate Men’s Baseball League president, Barry Anderson, and the league executive fined the Blues $200 and placed them on an immediate one year probation.

The $200 will come from a performance bond fund which every team pays into at the beginning of the season and is then returned to them at season's end providing they meet all performance requirements stipulated by the league.

The two wins give Hantsport a total of 14 on the season.

“With only six games remaining in the regular season schedule, it is important we stay sharp for the league championship tournament and we must continue playing hard to make it fair for all teams battling for positions two through four," said Moores.

Only four of the seven teams in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Men’s Baseball League make it to the championship tournament scheduled for Aug. 27-28 in Hantsport.

The Shamrocks will play Aug. 7 in Hantsport when they square off in a doubleheader against the Noel Road Blue Jays at 1 and 3 p.m.

This coming weekend, three Hantsport players are headed for the Canadian over-35 National Baseball Championship in Burlington, Ontario. Luke Smith and Jeff Bishop have been asked to play for one of two teams going from Yarmouth and Moores will play for Petit de Grat from Richmond County, Cape Breton.


Knights split with Bulldogs

The Windsor Knights were really hoping for a huge Sunday afternoon at Tremaine Crescent in Windsor before a large hometown audience as they fought for one of those three remaining playoff positions.

The afternoon started off great as Steve Best pitched a complete game three hitter, striking out five, yet walking five in the Knights’ 5-3 win over the Bridgewater Bulldogs.

The Knights scored runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings with Scott Higgins leading the way for Windsor going three for three, all of them singles and scoring two runs.

The win put Windsor within one game of the .500 mark and they were hoping for another victory in Game 2 but it didn’t happen.

"We played sloppy in the field in the second game making a pair of errors, did not handle the ball overly well and simply did not wake up and hit the ball early enough,” said Knights spokesperson Gwenael Dugue.

As a result the Knights lost 7-3.

Dugue pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up eight hits, striking out six and walking three batters.

The Bulldogs scored three of their seven runs in the third inning.

Tony Stewart, in a losing cause, doubled and scored a run for the Knights while Dave Swindell went two for four with a pair of singles and a run scored.

The Knights are in a sudden-death battle in their final eight games in their attempt to clinch one of the three remaining playoff positions.

“Realistically we should be aiming for six wins in those final eight games, something we as a team feel can be done," said Dugue.

Windsor presently has a record of 7-9, compared to Noel Road at 6-6, Yarmouth at 8-9 and Pictou County at 6-9.

The Knights were scheduled to play Noel Road in Windsor July 26 and have a twin bill against Yarmouth on Aug. 7 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Tremaine Crescent.

The only Hants County team in action this weekend is the Noel Road Blue Jays as they entertain Yarmouth for two games July 31 beginning at 1 p.m. 


League notes

Hantsport's Derek Hart is fourth in the League's batting race with a .404 average going 21 for 52 so far this season.

In pitching, Matt Lloy of the Shamrocks is 3-1, having pitched four complete games with an .ERA of 1.19, giving up 23 hits in 29 innings pitched.

Lee Spares of Noel Road is also 3-1 with three complete games. Spares has struck-out 20, walked 10 and given up 14 hits in 26 innings of pitched baseball with an .ERA of 1.08.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Intermediate Men, Baseball League, Noel Road Blue Jays

Geographic location: Hantsport, Windsor, Yarmouth Noel Road Burlington Ontario Richmond Cape Breton Pictou County Hants County

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