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Two of three Hants County teams are advancing to the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League's Championship Tournament in Hantsport Aug. 26-27.

Going into play this weekend, the Windsor Knights and Pictou County Molson Canadian Albions still had some hope they’d make it to the playoffs.

The Knights started their week off on the right foot, edging the Noel Road Blue Jays 3-2 at Tremaine Crescent in Windsor. It was Windsor's eighth win of the season against 12 losses, and it kept the playoff door open as the Blue Jays were 9-10 going into a weekend doubleheader on the Noel Road against the Knights.

A pair of wins by the Knights on Sunday would have put them half a game ahead of the Blue Jays going into the final week of regular season play. Those wins did not materialize as the Blue Jays eked out a 3-2 win in Game 1 and pulverized the Knights in Game 2 by a score of 12-2.

These wins secured the Blue Jays at least fourth place in the standings. A showdown with the Yarmouth Gateways will be held this weekend in Yarmouth. The Blue Jays are now 10-10 on the season and the Gateways 12-9.  If the Blue Jays can pull off a sweep, then they would have a record of 12-10 and the Gateways 12-11.

Meanwhile in league play, the Hantsport Shamrocks won their 16th and 17th games of the season with a doubleheader sweep over Pictou County in Hantsport Aug. 14.

The Shamrocks jumped in front in the opener 3-0 and then hung on for the win as Doug Coldwell went the distance for the first place club, giving up seven hits and a pair of walks. The Shamrocks scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. The game winning RBI came on a ground out by Jed Martin after Jeff Bishop led off the fourth with a double and Bishop was singled to third by Evan Fletcher.

In the second game, the Shamrocks outscored Pictou County 10-6, doing half their scoring in the bottom of the first inning as they scored five runs. Two runs came off the bat of Sean Croft who had a bases loaded single. Croft also added another RBI single in the second inning as the Shamrocks scored three more times. Derek Hart also added a pair of RBI's on a single and a sacrifice fly.

Shane Oickle was the winning pitcher, despite only going three innings with Matt Lloy picking up the save by pitching the last four innings in relief.

“It was a doubleheader that everybody did something, a real team effort all the way around,” said Shamrocks team spokesperson Deron Moores.

The Shamrocks will close out the regular season this Sunday in Bridgewater against the 13-9 Bulldogs.

Look for a complete preview on the league’s Championship Tournament in next week's Hants Journal.

 

 

Two of three Hants County teams are advancing to the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League's Championship Tournament in Hantsport Aug. 26-27.

Going into play this weekend, the Windsor Knights and Pictou County Molson Canadian Albions still had some hope they’d make it to the playoffs.

The Knights started their week off on the right foot, edging the Noel Road Blue Jays 3-2 at Tremaine Crescent in Windsor. It was Windsor's eighth win of the season against 12 losses, and it kept the playoff door open as the Blue Jays were 9-10 going into a weekend doubleheader on the Noel Road against the Knights.

A pair of wins by the Knights on Sunday would have put them half a game ahead of the Blue Jays going into the final week of regular season play. Those wins did not materialize as the Blue Jays eked out a 3-2 win in Game 1 and pulverized the Knights in Game 2 by a score of 12-2.

These wins secured the Blue Jays at least fourth place in the standings. A showdown with the Yarmouth Gateways will be held this weekend in Yarmouth. The Blue Jays are now 10-10 on the season and the Gateways 12-9.  If the Blue Jays can pull off a sweep, then they would have a record of 12-10 and the Gateways 12-11.

Meanwhile in league play, the Hantsport Shamrocks won their 16th and 17th games of the season with a doubleheader sweep over Pictou County in Hantsport Aug. 14.

The Shamrocks jumped in front in the opener 3-0 and then hung on for the win as Doug Coldwell went the distance for the first place club, giving up seven hits and a pair of walks. The Shamrocks scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. The game winning RBI came on a ground out by Jed Martin after Jeff Bishop led off the fourth with a double and Bishop was singled to third by Evan Fletcher.

In the second game, the Shamrocks outscored Pictou County 10-6, doing half their scoring in the bottom of the first inning as they scored five runs. Two runs came off the bat of Sean Croft who had a bases loaded single. Croft also added another RBI single in the second inning as the Shamrocks scored three more times. Derek Hart also added a pair of RBI's on a single and a sacrifice fly.

Shane Oickle was the winning pitcher, despite only going three innings with Matt Lloy picking up the save by pitching the last four innings in relief.

“It was a doubleheader that everybody did something, a real team effort all the way around,” said Shamrocks team spokesperson Deron Moores.

The Shamrocks will close out the regular season this Sunday in Bridgewater against the 13-9 Bulldogs.

Look for a complete preview on the league’s Championship Tournament in next week's Hants Journal.

 

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