The Windsor Knights had no idea of what their season would turn into following two hard fought victories in Yarmouth in mid-June.
It’s doubtful the Knights envisioned an eight game losing streak including four games by a single run.
On July 8 in Stellarton against the Pictou County Albions, the Knights lost the opener 3-2, marking their fourth consecutive loss by one run and their eighth loss overall.
Jason Hanes and Dave Swindell delivered RBI singles in the losing cause while Paul Humphreys was the losing pitcher, allowing 11 hits on three runs, two of them being earned, while also striking out six.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Pictou scored nine times in the bottom of the second inning and hung on for a 9-7 win.
Derek Hart, in a losing effort, went three for three while driving in two runs and Shannon States went one for three, collecting an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Shannon Best also delivered an RBI double for Windsor.
Alex Patterson started the game for Windsor, allowing six hits and eight earned runs while walking three. Swindell came on in relief shortly before the second inning, allowing the Albions their final run on four hits and a walk.
The Knights are now 3-13 on the season as they prepare to play the first place Hantsport Shamrocks July 15 at Tremaine Crescent. Game time is 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Shamrocks take two from Windsor
Before a July 2 audience in Hantsport, the hometown Shamrocks scored 2-1 and 1-0 victories over Windsor.
Doug Coldwell pitched the win for the first place Shamrocks in the 2-1 game allowing the earned Knights run, four hits while striking out three.
Jason Hanes went the distance for Windsor allowing seven hits, the pair of runs, two walks and a strikeout.
Jeff Bishop continued his steady play for the winners with a two for three effort at the plate. Adrian Lloy had an RBI double and Luke Smith also doubled in a one for three effort offensively.
In the opening 1-0 win by the Shamrocks, Shane Oickle's RBI double in the bottom of the sixth was the only scoring in the game.
Matt Lloy went the distance for Hantsport in collecting the win, allowing the Knights only five hits while walking four and striking out four.
Dave Swindell allowed only two hits in taking the loss, walking one and striking out five Shamrocks.
Following the doubleheader loss to Hantsport, the Knights went to Halifax for a single game July 3 against the Capital City Jr. AAA team.
Halifax scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to secure a 3-2 win over Windsor.
Steve Best took the loss for the Knights, allowing nine hits, three runs, and a pair of bases on balls, while striking out three. Ryan Clarke had two of Windsor's four hits.
Hantsport maintains first place lead
With the Albions sweep of Windsor, the Shamrocks needed a sweep over the Yarmouth Gateways in Hantsport July 8 to maintain first place. This is exactly what happened as they recorded 17-7 and 6-2 victories.
The Shamrocks unloaded on the Gateways in the late innings of the 17-7 win, scoring five times in the fourth inning and four times apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
Jeff Bishop scored four runs and drove in three while Ross Colburn collected three RBI's as well.
Adrian and Matt Lloy were both three for four at the plate while Deron Moores scored four times for Hantsport.
Joey Gaudet pitched the win, giving up 10 hits, seven runs, five of them earned, while striking out three.
In the 6-2 win, Doug Coldwell pitched the win, going the distance while Matt Lloy connected for an RBI double and Jed Martin was two for three with two RBI's.
Blue Jays split doubleheader
Noel Road stood at 9-5 on the season following a split in the doubleheader July 2 in Noel.
The Tri-County Jr. AAA team from Pictou and area scored a 9-5 win in the opener.
Both teams scored three times in the first inning and the game was tied 5-5 after seven full innings before the Pictou team exploded for four runs in the top of the eighth for their 9-5 win.
Tri-County managed 14 hits off of starter Damon Blois and losing pitcher Justin Campbell. Blois pitched six innings and a third, allowing 10 hits on five earned runs while Campbell, in only an inning and two-thirds, suffered the loss for the Jays giving up four runs and four hits.
The Jays rallied in the second game, squeaking out a wild 11-10 win, scoring single runs in the first and third before exploding for nine runs — five in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh inning — to preserve the win.
Nathan McCulloch, in relief of starter Kenny Miller, took the win, giving up six hits and four runs in two innings.
Mike White was two for four with a double for the Jays and Miller was two for three with three runs scored.
Matt Mason and Josh Burke were two for four with a pair of runs batted in.
The Blue Jays had their seven game winning streak snapped July 3 in Dartmouth as they lost 3-2 to the Dartmouth Jr. AAA team.
Campbell was two for two with a double and run batted in for the Blue Jays while Kenny Miller went one for one with an RBI double in the sixth inning.
Anthony Miller took the loss for the Jays, going the distance, giving up seven hits while striking out six.
Results of the Bridgewater Bulldogs-Noel Road Blue Jays doubleheader in Noel July 8 were unavailable as of press time.