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Hants County baseball teams vying for top spot in NSIBL


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With it being only a month into the 2013 Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League season, it’s clear an incredible pennant race is shaping up between the three Hants County teams and a town with a rich and solid baseball history.

Following play Sunday, June 17, the Hantsport Shamrocks, Windsor Knights and Yarmouth Gateways all have 4-2 records while the Noel Road Blue Jays have a 5-3 record.

On Father’s Day, the Shamrocks and Blue Jays split a doubleheader on the Noel Road and in Dartmouth, the Knights swept the Canada Games junior baseball team. On Saturday in Yarmouth, the Gateways and Pictou County Albions split a twin-bill.

This weekend, all three Hants County teams are in action.

On Saturday, June 22, the Blue Jays are hosting the Gateways with games slated for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Shamrocks have a pair of games against the last place Bridgewater Bulldogs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Hantsport.

The Windsor Knights are scheduled to travel to Pictou County Thursday evening for a single game against the Tri-County Rangers, while the potential for a make-up doubleheader with the Yarmouth Gateways for this Sunday afternoon in Windsor remains a possibility.

 

Knights defeat NS Canada Games

The Windsor Knights first four hitters all went two for two in their opening eight plate appearances in the first game against the Nova Scotia Canada Games team June 17. Head coach Jason Hanes also connected for a pair of RBI singles.

Dave Swindall struck out 10 batters in pitching the win.

They won 6-0.

In the second game, the Canada Games team led off each of the first three innings with a double but none of those runners scored as Paul Humphreys pitched a solid 75-pitch game. He threw only 21 pitches in the final three innings.

"Humphreys had great location all afternoon on his fastball and curveball and was a true pleasure to catch,” said team spokesperson Gwenaël Dugué following the game.

Ryan Clarke doubled and singled for the Knights in the 4-2 win while Mike Johnston collected a pair of singles and walked twice.

Newcomer Mike Mills, who Dugué described as "having great speed," singled in his second appearance at bat and then stole second for the Knights’ first stolen base of the season.

Mills recently left the Kentville Wildcats senior baseball team.

 

Hantsport, Noel Road split pair

Matt Wiseman was the Blue Jays hitting star in the marathon second game as he slugged a solo home run in the middle of the game and then, with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, hit a flare out over the short stop to win it for the Jays.

Damon Blois went the distance in pitching the 2-1 win for Noel Road while Joey Gaudet allowed eight hits while striking out 12 for Hantsport in suffering the loss.

Matt Pearl drove in Hantsport's lone run of the afternoon with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

In the opening game, the Shamrocks were down 3-0 after the first inning thanks to a three-run homer from the Jays’ Mike White. The Shamrocks then scored a pair of runs in the second, third and sixth innings, plus a single in the fourth, to secure the 7-4 win.

Nick Tibert delivered a two-run RBI single with two out in the second inning. Winning pitcher Matt Lloy connected for a two-out RBI single in the third inning and a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning.

 

With it being only a month into the 2013 Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League season, it’s clear an incredible pennant race is shaping up between the three Hants County teams and a town with a rich and solid baseball history.

Following play Sunday, June 17, the Hantsport Shamrocks, Windsor Knights and Yarmouth Gateways all have 4-2 records while the Noel Road Blue Jays have a 5-3 record.

On Father’s Day, the Shamrocks and Blue Jays split a doubleheader on the Noel Road and in Dartmouth, the Knights swept the Canada Games junior baseball team. On Saturday in Yarmouth, the Gateways and Pictou County Albions split a twin-bill.

This weekend, all three Hants County teams are in action.

On Saturday, June 22, the Blue Jays are hosting the Gateways with games slated for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Shamrocks have a pair of games against the last place Bridgewater Bulldogs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Hantsport.

The Windsor Knights are scheduled to travel to Pictou County Thursday evening for a single game against the Tri-County Rangers, while the potential for a make-up doubleheader with the Yarmouth Gateways for this Sunday afternoon in Windsor remains a possibility.

 

Knights defeat NS Canada Games

The Windsor Knights first four hitters all went two for two in their opening eight plate appearances in the first game against the Nova Scotia Canada Games team June 17. Head coach Jason Hanes also connected for a pair of RBI singles.

Dave Swindall struck out 10 batters in pitching the win.

They won 6-0.

In the second game, the Canada Games team led off each of the first three innings with a double but none of those runners scored as Paul Humphreys pitched a solid 75-pitch game. He threw only 21 pitches in the final three innings.

"Humphreys had great location all afternoon on his fastball and curveball and was a true pleasure to catch,” said team spokesperson Gwenaël Dugué following the game.

Ryan Clarke doubled and singled for the Knights in the 4-2 win while Mike Johnston collected a pair of singles and walked twice.

Newcomer Mike Mills, who Dugué described as "having great speed," singled in his second appearance at bat and then stole second for the Knights’ first stolen base of the season.

Mills recently left the Kentville Wildcats senior baseball team.

 

Hantsport, Noel Road split pair

Matt Wiseman was the Blue Jays hitting star in the marathon second game as he slugged a solo home run in the middle of the game and then, with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, hit a flare out over the short stop to win it for the Jays.

Damon Blois went the distance in pitching the 2-1 win for Noel Road while Joey Gaudet allowed eight hits while striking out 12 for Hantsport in suffering the loss.

Matt Pearl drove in Hantsport's lone run of the afternoon with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

In the opening game, the Shamrocks were down 3-0 after the first inning thanks to a three-run homer from the Jays’ Mike White. The Shamrocks then scored a pair of runs in the second, third and sixth innings, plus a single in the fourth, to secure the 7-4 win.

Nick Tibert delivered a two-run RBI single with two out in the second inning. Winning pitcher Matt Lloy connected for a two-out RBI single in the third inning and a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning.

 

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