Hants West teams to play critical NSIBL doubleheader

Dan Boyd info@hantsjournal.ca
Published on July 4, 2016

WINDSOR – July 10 should be an interesting showdown between the Windsor Knights and Hantsport Shamrocks.

The longtime rivals will be playing a doubleheader in Windsor at the Tremain Crescent ball field.

Windsor Knights' coach Paul Humphreys said the rivalry between the two teams isn’t as strong as it once was but it should still be a good game to watch.

“The Shamrocks are turning a corner and becoming younger in age but it will be as competitive as ever,” Humphreys said. “The Knights will need mistake-free ball, clutch hits and good defence if they want to prevent the Shamrocks from reaching the .500 mark this season.”

The Shamrocks are 5-7 on the season so far, while the Knights sit at 8-2, leading into the July 10 doubleheader.

Humphreys said the Knights have more of everything this year, including young players who are producing a more solid team.

“The Knights do not panic when they get down by a couple of runs. In fact, they show the exact opposite, showing more confidence on the bench,” he said.

The Knights have a core group of young players including Joe Beaton, Cory Whitney, Adam Ferguson and Austin Sabean, who may start in one of the two games.

Dave Swindle, who has been pitching really well for much of the season, might get a nod for a start but Humphreys said, “no definitive decisions will be made until very late in the week.”

Hantsport first baseman Deron Moores announced his retirement after 14 seasons with the club on July 2.

Moores said it was difficult not going to the park on Sunday, but that it was time for the younger players to shine.

Moores also said had confidence in Kyle Johnston who he describes as a natural first baseman.