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Blue Jays fail to capture second straight NSIBL championship


NOEL ROAD — Despite finishing in first place during the season, the Noel Road Blue Jays couldn’t defeat Yarmouth to take home the coveted Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League title.

The ballpark was packed for each of the Blue Jay contests on the weekend.

The Hants County team won their opening tournament playoff game over Shelburne Aug. 29 by a score of 4-1.

They went on to lose two of their next three games, failing to repeat as NSIBL champions for 2015.

Four teams were vying for the title: Noel Road, the Yarmouth Gateways, the Hantsport Shamrocks and the Shelburne Schooners.

Following is a breakdown of some of the local highlights.

 

Noel Road 4, Shelburne 1

Josh Burke drove in a pair of runs for the Blue Jays with an RBI double and an RBI  single to help pitcher Damon Blois secure the win for the Jays. They defeated Shelburne 4-1.

The win moved the Jays into their first game against Yarmouth, who had defeated Hantsport 3-1 in their opener.

 

Noel Road 6, Yarmouth 2

The Blue Jays scored three times in the fourth inning of this game against the Gateways. Pitcher Sean Marshall recorded the 6-2 win.

Matt Wiseman collected a pair of RBI singles in the victory.

 

Yarmouth 5, Noel Road 2

The Blue Jays could have won the league championship if they defeated Yarmouth in this game. However, it was not meant to be. The Gateways won 5-2 and forced a second game with Noel Road to determine the champion.

This game was really close as it was tied 2-2 entering the sixth inning before Yarmouth broke it open with three runs.

Marshall was the losing pitcher for the Jays, with Kenny Miller coming on in relief.

 

Yarmouth 3, Noel Road 2

The Blue Jays were on the verge of a championship win, leading the Gateways 2-1 heading into the seventh inning. However, Yarmouth pounded out a couple of scrappy hits to plate a pair of runs to take a 3-2 lead.

The Jays could not come up with any runs in the bottom of the seventh and Yarmouth captured the 2015 NSIBL Championship title.

 

 

Hantsport games

In earlier tournament play, the Hantsport Shamrocks lost both of their games and were eliminated early.

Yarmouth took an early 3-0 lead and never looked back, defeating Hantsport 3-1.

The Shamrocks scored a single run in the seventh while having another run thrown out at the plate.  

Matt Lloy was the losing pitcher for the Shamrocks while Sean Croft collected a pair of hits.

In their second contest, Shelburne defeated Hantsport 4-1.

This game was the tournament's first elimination game Saturday afternoon.

The Schooners scored a run in the second, went up 2-0 in the fifth and salted things away with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

David Pilat suffered the pitching loss for Hantsport while Croft collected another two hits and Lloy doubled.

 

 

Provincials set for this weekend

The Noel Road Blue Jays will host the Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA Championship tournament this coming weekend.

Their initial games will be played at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 in Noel Road followed by an 8:30 p.m. game. This game is expected to draw an overflowing crowd.

Their final round robin game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Noel Road is in a division with the Pictou County Albions and the Yarmouth Gateways.

The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. Sept. 5.

Meanwhile in Dartmouth, the Hantsport Shamrocks and Windsor Knights will be competing in the Nova Scotia Intermediate AA Championship tournament.

On Sept. 4, Windsor will take on Dartmouth, while Hantsport will take on Hammonds Plains.

On Sept. 5, four games are scheduled. Dartmouth and Hammonds Plains play at 10:30 a.m., followed by Windsor and Hantsport at 1 p.m. Dartmouth then takes on Hantsport at 3:30 p.m., and Windsor takes on Hammonds Plains at 6 p.m.

If necessary, championship games will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m.

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