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The Hantsport Shamrocks won their seventh consecutive Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Championship Aug. 28 before a larger than usual hometown audience. Fans braved Hurricane Irene's wild weather to watch the match.

The Shamrocks defeated the Noel Road Blue Jays 4-0 in the rain-shortened five-inning game called because of dangerous field conditions as the field was simply absorbing too much water.

The Shamrocks scored their first run on a Noel Road error as Jeff Bishop crossed the plate. It stayed 1-0 until the fourth when Adrian Lloy connected for an RBI double to make it 2-0. Deron Moores concluded the Shamrocks scoring with a two-run RBI single to give Hantsport all the runs they would require.

Matt Lloy was the winning pitcher for Hantsport giving up four hits, striking out three but not walking a single batter.

Damon Blois took the loss for the Blue Jays with Anthony Miller coming on in the fifth.

The Shamrocks’ Ross Coburn was tossed from the game in the fourth inning for making contact at the plate with Blue Jays catcher Matt Wiseman.  

Joey Gaudet made an outstanding catch in the outfield for Hantsport as he leaped into the air and took away a hit from Noel Road with an excellent catch.

Moores, the Hantsport team spokesperson, said Gaudet’s catch was symbolic of the great defense his club played throughout the rainy game.

While this was the seventh consecutive league championship the Shamrocks have won, it also marked their eighth in nine years and tenth in 12 years of playing ball.

 

Earlier in the tournament

The league championships opened Saturday morning with Hantsport defeating the Blue Jays 9-3. 

The Blue Jays settled for fourth place after travelling to Pictou Aug. 16 and losing to the Albions. It gave Noel Road a record of 12-12 and Yarmouth took third place with a mark of 12-11.

Luke Smith provided the offensive power Hantsport needed in the opening game with a two-run homer over the fence to make the score 5-3 in the third inning and the Shamrocks went on from there.

Gaudet went the full seven innings for the win.

Bridgewater defeated Yarmouth 5-4 in the second game Saturday morning, with the losing team to go up against Noel Road that afternoon.

It was a wild affair with the Blue Jays defeating Yarmouth 6-5 in 12 innings and eliminating Yarmouth from the tournament. Blois pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays before Justin Campbell relieved him in the ninth inning and finished the game for the Jays.

Nathan McCulloch had a game winning RBI single in the 12th inning for Noel Road scoring Darrell MacLellan. Wiseman had a single and a double and Mike White had three base hits to pace the Jays at the plate. 

The winners of the opening two games then squared off and the Shamrocks needed their final at bat scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to nose out the Bridgewater Bulldogs 3-2.

Derek Hart had a game-winning RBI single to score Coburn, who had led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk.

Matt Lloy, Hart and Moores all collected two base hits for Hantsport in the win.

Doug Coldwell went the distance for the Shamrocks in pitching the win striking out five and walking a pair.

With the loss by Bridgewater, it set up the second elimination game of the day between the Bulldogs and Blue Jays with Noel Road prevailing 7-4 in eight innings.

Noel Road scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Josh Burke RBI groundout, a White sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Kenny Miller.

Campbell was the winning pitcher for the Blue Jays, having relieved Miller in the fourth inning.

This win eliminated the second place Bridgewater Bulldogs and set up the Sunday afternoon championship game.

If Noel Road had defeated Hantsport in the opener, a second game would have been required. In order for teams to be eliminated for the league title, they had to lose twice.

 

What’s coming up

Following is the Nova Scotia AAA Provincial Intermediate Baseball Championship schedule for our local teams. The tournament will be held Sept. 1-4 in Dartmouth and Halifax. All three Hants County teams will be competing.

Thursday, Sept. 1

• Spryfield versus Hantsport — 5 p.m.

• Bedford versus Noel Road — 5 p.m.

• Dartmouth versus Windsor — 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2

• Eastern Passage versus Windsor — 5 p.m.

• Noel Road versus Hantsport — 5 p.m.

• Noel Road versus Spryfield — 7:30 p.m.

• Dartmouth versus Windsor — 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

• Metro versus Windsor — 10 a.m.

• Bedford versus Hantsport — 10 a.m.

• Pictou versus Windsor — 1 p.m.

• Bridgewater versus Hantsport — 1 p.m.

• Bridgewater versus Noel Road — 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4

• Playoff games begin with the Nova Scotia championship game scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

 

 

The Hantsport Shamrocks won their seventh consecutive Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League Championship Aug. 28 before a larger than usual hometown audience. Fans braved Hurricane Irene's wild weather to watch the match.

The Shamrocks defeated the Noel Road Blue Jays 4-0 in the rain-shortened five-inning game called because of dangerous field conditions as the field was simply absorbing too much water.

The Shamrocks scored their first run on a Noel Road error as Jeff Bishop crossed the plate. It stayed 1-0 until the fourth when Adrian Lloy connected for an RBI double to make it 2-0. Deron Moores concluded the Shamrocks scoring with a two-run RBI single to give Hantsport all the runs they would require.

Matt Lloy was the winning pitcher for Hantsport giving up four hits, striking out three but not walking a single batter.

Damon Blois took the loss for the Blue Jays with Anthony Miller coming on in the fifth.

The Shamrocks’ Ross Coburn was tossed from the game in the fourth inning for making contact at the plate with Blue Jays catcher Matt Wiseman.  

Joey Gaudet made an outstanding catch in the outfield for Hantsport as he leaped into the air and took away a hit from Noel Road with an excellent catch.

Moores, the Hantsport team spokesperson, said Gaudet’s catch was symbolic of the great defense his club played throughout the rainy game.

While this was the seventh consecutive league championship the Shamrocks have won, it also marked their eighth in nine years and tenth in 12 years of playing ball.

 

Earlier in the tournament

The league championships opened Saturday morning with Hantsport defeating the Blue Jays 9-3. 

The Blue Jays settled for fourth place after travelling to Pictou Aug. 16 and losing to the Albions. It gave Noel Road a record of 12-12 and Yarmouth took third place with a mark of 12-11.

Luke Smith provided the offensive power Hantsport needed in the opening game with a two-run homer over the fence to make the score 5-3 in the third inning and the Shamrocks went on from there.

Gaudet went the full seven innings for the win.

Bridgewater defeated Yarmouth 5-4 in the second game Saturday morning, with the losing team to go up against Noel Road that afternoon.

It was a wild affair with the Blue Jays defeating Yarmouth 6-5 in 12 innings and eliminating Yarmouth from the tournament. Blois pitched 8 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays before Justin Campbell relieved him in the ninth inning and finished the game for the Jays.

Nathan McCulloch had a game winning RBI single in the 12th inning for Noel Road scoring Darrell MacLellan. Wiseman had a single and a double and Mike White had three base hits to pace the Jays at the plate. 

The winners of the opening two games then squared off and the Shamrocks needed their final at bat scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to nose out the Bridgewater Bulldogs 3-2.

Derek Hart had a game-winning RBI single to score Coburn, who had led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk.

Matt Lloy, Hart and Moores all collected two base hits for Hantsport in the win.

Doug Coldwell went the distance for the Shamrocks in pitching the win striking out five and walking a pair.

With the loss by Bridgewater, it set up the second elimination game of the day between the Bulldogs and Blue Jays with Noel Road prevailing 7-4 in eight innings.

Noel Road scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Josh Burke RBI groundout, a White sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Kenny Miller.

Campbell was the winning pitcher for the Blue Jays, having relieved Miller in the fourth inning.

This win eliminated the second place Bridgewater Bulldogs and set up the Sunday afternoon championship game.

If Noel Road had defeated Hantsport in the opener, a second game would have been required. In order for teams to be eliminated for the league title, they had to lose twice.

 

What’s coming up

Following is the Nova Scotia AAA Provincial Intermediate Baseball Championship schedule for our local teams. The tournament will be held Sept. 1-4 in Dartmouth and Halifax. All three Hants County teams will be competing.

Thursday, Sept. 1

• Spryfield versus Hantsport — 5 p.m.

• Bedford versus Noel Road — 5 p.m.

• Dartmouth versus Windsor — 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2

• Eastern Passage versus Windsor — 5 p.m.

• Noel Road versus Hantsport — 5 p.m.

• Noel Road versus Spryfield — 7:30 p.m.

• Dartmouth versus Windsor — 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

• Metro versus Windsor — 10 a.m.

• Bedford versus Hantsport — 10 a.m.

• Pictou versus Windsor — 1 p.m.

• Bridgewater versus Hantsport — 1 p.m.

• Bridgewater versus Noel Road — 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4

• Playoff games begin with the Nova Scotia championship game scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

 

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