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Blue Jays, Shamrocks split NSIBL twin-bill in Hantsport


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Fans were treated to two excellent Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League games in Hantsport on Sunday afternoon when the Noel Road Blue Jays and Hantsport Shamrocks split a doubleheader.

Following the June 22 match, Blue Jays spokesperson Matt Wiseman said the team always enjoys playing in Hantsport.

“It is real nice to see two Hants County teams so competitive with each other,” he said.

While it’s early in the season, Wiseman said they have their sights set on playing Hantsport as the summer sport winds down for a championship title.

“It is a long season and to date we have played only eight games but we are still looking to garner as many wins as we can for the duration of the season and potentially meet Hantsport again in the league playoffs and defeat them this season."  

Noel Road certainly had something to celebrate after the opening game of the Sunday doubleheader. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the ninth to win the game 4-1.

Kyle McCulloch, who went three for four in the game, drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single and Aaron McPhee followed with a two-run double to put the Jays in front 4-1.

Wiseman said Damon Blois threw eight and one third innings of exceptional pitching before Kenny Miller was brought on for the final two outs to pick up the save in the bottom of the ninth.  

Matt Lloy suffered the pitching loss for the Shamrocks.

In the second game, Hantsport's Roland Provencal scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth, which proved to be the game-winning run for Hantsport as they won 4-3.

It was a game that Noel Road led for a good portion before Hantsport changed things around late in the contest.

McCulloch pitched five innings of excellent baseball before being relieved by Shawn Marshall, who ended up taking the loss.

Taylor Welsh pitched his second win of the season for the Shamrocks, who are now 4-4 on the season.

The Blue Jays have a 5-3 win-loss record.

 

Upcoming games

This weekend, the Hantsport Shamrocks and Windsor Knights will meet for the first time this season in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Tremain Crescent in Windsor. Games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

It will be two huge games for both clubs as the Knights currently occupy second place in the league standings. The Knights have a 6-2 record but have fallen nine points behind the first place Pictou County Albions as a result of the Albions sweep of Shelburne County on Sunday.

Pictou is 8-5 on the season but because of the changes with the standings this season, each team receives three points for a win and a single point for a loss, the Albions have opened up a bit of a lead.

The Albions are expecting to register two more wins this weekend when they host the Kennetcook Braves. The expansion team has yet to register a win this season.

The Blue Jays will also be at home to the Yarmouth Gateways, with game times being 1 and 3 p.m. on June 29.  Like the Blue Jays, the Gateways have 5-3 record.

Fans were treated to two excellent Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League games in Hantsport on Sunday afternoon when the Noel Road Blue Jays and Hantsport Shamrocks split a doubleheader.

Following the June 22 match, Blue Jays spokesperson Matt Wiseman said the team always enjoys playing in Hantsport.

“It is real nice to see two Hants County teams so competitive with each other,” he said.

While it’s early in the season, Wiseman said they have their sights set on playing Hantsport as the summer sport winds down for a championship title.

“It is a long season and to date we have played only eight games but we are still looking to garner as many wins as we can for the duration of the season and potentially meet Hantsport again in the league playoffs and defeat them this season."  

Noel Road certainly had something to celebrate after the opening game of the Sunday doubleheader. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the ninth to win the game 4-1.

Kyle McCulloch, who went three for four in the game, drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single and Aaron McPhee followed with a two-run double to put the Jays in front 4-1.

Wiseman said Damon Blois threw eight and one third innings of exceptional pitching before Kenny Miller was brought on for the final two outs to pick up the save in the bottom of the ninth.  

Matt Lloy suffered the pitching loss for the Shamrocks.

In the second game, Hantsport's Roland Provencal scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth, which proved to be the game-winning run for Hantsport as they won 4-3.

It was a game that Noel Road led for a good portion before Hantsport changed things around late in the contest.

McCulloch pitched five innings of excellent baseball before being relieved by Shawn Marshall, who ended up taking the loss.

Taylor Welsh pitched his second win of the season for the Shamrocks, who are now 4-4 on the season.

The Blue Jays have a 5-3 win-loss record.

 

Upcoming games

This weekend, the Hantsport Shamrocks and Windsor Knights will meet for the first time this season in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Tremain Crescent in Windsor. Games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

It will be two huge games for both clubs as the Knights currently occupy second place in the league standings. The Knights have a 6-2 record but have fallen nine points behind the first place Pictou County Albions as a result of the Albions sweep of Shelburne County on Sunday.

Pictou is 8-5 on the season but because of the changes with the standings this season, each team receives three points for a win and a single point for a loss, the Albions have opened up a bit of a lead.

The Albions are expecting to register two more wins this weekend when they host the Kennetcook Braves. The expansion team has yet to register a win this season.

The Blue Jays will also be at home to the Yarmouth Gateways, with game times being 1 and 3 p.m. on June 29.  Like the Blue Jays, the Gateways have 5-3 record.

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