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After a rough start to the weekend, the Hantsport Shamrocks made it to the Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA Baseball Championship game before a jam-packed field in Hantsport Sunday afternoon.

Fans were urging the Shamrocks on with every pitch thrown but the hometown Shammies couldn’t pull out a win on Sept. 2 and the Pictou County Albions won their third consecutive Nova Scotia championship.

The final score was 6-2 over Hantsport.

The Shamrocks were up 2-1 before Pictou scored four times in the third inning to take a commanding 5-2 lead. They added one more run in the sixth inning to secure the victory.

Matt Lloy was tagged with the loss for Hantsport and was removed by Manager John Bishop in the third. Matt Lloy pitched all nine innings in the Shamrocks semi-final victory over the Spryfield Bubba Rays 5-4 earlier that afternoon.

Bishop then used a chorus of pitchers. Joey Gaudet came in for two innings of relief and was followed by Doug Coldwell before Dryden Schofield finished up.

The Albions’ four runs in the third came on a pair of two-run homers.

Hantsport scored their two runs in the second after Gaudet was walked before being doubled home by Jeff Bishop. Catcher Jed Martin was then walked and, after advancing along the bases, was singled home by Ross Coburn.

 

The Spryfield controversy

In advancing to the provincial championship game, the Shamrocks endured a three-hour nine-inning game with the Spryfield Bubba Rays.

This will be a game long remembered by fans for the Spryfield first baseman’s "invisible catch" in the fifth inning.

Hantsport first baseman Deron Moores was at the plate when he popped up a ball that stayed in the air long enough to reach the Hantsport dugout. The Spryfield first baseman slid in front of the Shamrocks dugout. When he stood up, it appeared as if he had made the catch as he was still holding his glove. After Moores was officially called out, this enraged the Hantsport bench as they alleged the ball fell on slugger Mike King's kit bag. When the out was called, King came quickly onto the field and shared a few thoughts that the first base umpire did not appreciate. King was ejected from the game. The equipment manager also offered a few of his thoughts and also was given the heave-ho.

If this was not enough, when play was about to resume, Martin went to the plate and made an off-the-cuff remark to the home plate umpire. With that, Martin was also ejected.  

The team’s manager, John Bishop, was then forced to do some re-shuffling of his line-up as his club trailed 4-3 at this point in the game.

Before this furor broke out, Matt Lloy had doubled home his brother, Adrian Lloy.

Gaudet tied it up for Hantsport at 4-4 with a double to deep centre in the top of the sixth inning after Coburn had walked and was sacrificed to second by Sean Croft.

Winning pitcher Matt Lloy led off the top of the ninth by being hit in the back with a pitch and taking first base. Then with one out, Jeff Bishop singled to left and Deron Moores followed that up with another single to left, scoring Matt Lloy with the game-winning run.

As the game concluded, both benches emptied and it appeared for a few brief seconds that fisticuffs might ensue but cooler heads prevailed and the teams ended up shaking hands.

 

Knights win three straight, lose semi-final

After going 3-0 in divisional play and finishing in first place in their division, the Windsor Knights met up with the Albions, who placed second in the other division for the opening playoff game Sept. 2.

The magic the Knights demonstrated Friday and Saturday was lost early on Sunday as the Albions, already up 3-0, put the game away on the mercy rule with an eight run, eight hit performance in the fifth inning.

Ryan Clarke suffered the pitching loss with relief coming from Dave Swindall.

Windsor sent only five batters above the maximum to the plate while collecting only three hits.

In earlier tournament play on Aug. 31, the Knights surprised Hantsport by defeating the Shamrocks 10-3. Windsor banged out 13 hits with 12 of them coming in the final four innings.

The Knights sent 12 men to the plate in the 7th inning to blow the game open, scoring seven runs.

Pitcher Paul Humphreys had a two-run double and Clarke, the second baseman, registered a two-run single. Shannon States added an RBI single and Steve Best was issued a bases-loaded walk.

Mike Johnston's RBI single put Windsor up 1-0 in the fourth inning and the Knights scored two more in the fifth on an RBI grounder by Derek Hart and an RBI single by Jason Hanes.

Humphreys was the winning pitcher for Windsor. Matt Lloy suffered the loss, going the distance, striking out five and walking three.

Hantsport scored their lone three runs in the second inning on five base hits by Jeff Bishop, Moores, Luke Smith, King and Croft. Gaudet added a sacrifice bunt and Martin a sacrifice fly. Hantsport left nine runners on base including the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

 

* * *

Saturday morning, the Knights handed the Noel Road Blue Jays a 4-1 setback.

Johnston, playing only his second game since the death of his father, homered twice to left field. Johnston's first shot travelled some 290 feet to deep left.

"I knew it was gone the minute it left my bat with the wind blowing out,” Johnston told the Journal.

Kyle Burgess singled ahead of Johnston for Windsor giving the Knights a pair of big runs on the blast. Johnston added his second homer in the seventh inning.

Swindall pitched the win for Windsor and had 10 strike-outs. Swindall demonstrated an excellent change-up while throwing lots of strikes with his pitch count being well under 100. He allowed only a single runner past second base.

Hart added three singles for Windsor including an RBI base hit. Alex Patterson and Best both doubled while Humphreys went one for four. The three outs he made were all deep fly balls.

Anthony Miller took the loss for the Blue Jays.

 

* * *

The Knights then rested for just a short while before defeating Halifax 5-1.

Hanes was the winning pitcher, retiring the last 12 Halifax hitters he faced. In fact, 17 of the 21 outs were ground balls (nine) and fly balls (eight).

 Windsor sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on four base hits by Clarke, Hart, a sacrifice bunt by Patterson, a sacrifice fly by States and two more base hits — one an RBI single by Best and a base hit by Johnston. Windsor left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth with one out.

Windsor added one more run in the fifth inning after four base hits by Patterson, Best, Johnston and States.

Of the eight teams competing in the provincial tournament, Windsor was the only one to record a perfect record in the round robin, going 3-0. Hantsport, Spryfield and Pictou all went 2-1, while Halifax, Bridgewater and Eastern Passage went 1-2. Noel Road did not register any wins.

After a rough start to the weekend, the Hantsport Shamrocks made it to the Nova Scotia Intermediate AAA Baseball Championship game before a jam-packed field in Hantsport Sunday afternoon.

Fans were urging the Shamrocks on with every pitch thrown but the hometown Shammies couldn’t pull out a win on Sept. 2 and the Pictou County Albions won their third consecutive Nova Scotia championship.

The final score was 6-2 over Hantsport.

The Shamrocks were up 2-1 before Pictou scored four times in the third inning to take a commanding 5-2 lead. They added one more run in the sixth inning to secure the victory.

Matt Lloy was tagged with the loss for Hantsport and was removed by Manager John Bishop in the third. Matt Lloy pitched all nine innings in the Shamrocks semi-final victory over the Spryfield Bubba Rays 5-4 earlier that afternoon.

Bishop then used a chorus of pitchers. Joey Gaudet came in for two innings of relief and was followed by Doug Coldwell before Dryden Schofield finished up.

The Albions’ four runs in the third came on a pair of two-run homers.

Hantsport scored their two runs in the second after Gaudet was walked before being doubled home by Jeff Bishop. Catcher Jed Martin was then walked and, after advancing along the bases, was singled home by Ross Coburn.

 

The Spryfield controversy

In advancing to the provincial championship game, the Shamrocks endured a three-hour nine-inning game with the Spryfield Bubba Rays.

This will be a game long remembered by fans for the Spryfield first baseman’s "invisible catch" in the fifth inning.

Hantsport first baseman Deron Moores was at the plate when he popped up a ball that stayed in the air long enough to reach the Hantsport dugout. The Spryfield first baseman slid in front of the Shamrocks dugout. When he stood up, it appeared as if he had made the catch as he was still holding his glove. After Moores was officially called out, this enraged the Hantsport bench as they alleged the ball fell on slugger Mike King's kit bag. When the out was called, King came quickly onto the field and shared a few thoughts that the first base umpire did not appreciate. King was ejected from the game. The equipment manager also offered a few of his thoughts and also was given the heave-ho.

If this was not enough, when play was about to resume, Martin went to the plate and made an off-the-cuff remark to the home plate umpire. With that, Martin was also ejected.  

The team’s manager, John Bishop, was then forced to do some re-shuffling of his line-up as his club trailed 4-3 at this point in the game.

Before this furor broke out, Matt Lloy had doubled home his brother, Adrian Lloy.

Gaudet tied it up for Hantsport at 4-4 with a double to deep centre in the top of the sixth inning after Coburn had walked and was sacrificed to second by Sean Croft.

Winning pitcher Matt Lloy led off the top of the ninth by being hit in the back with a pitch and taking first base. Then with one out, Jeff Bishop singled to left and Deron Moores followed that up with another single to left, scoring Matt Lloy with the game-winning run.

As the game concluded, both benches emptied and it appeared for a few brief seconds that fisticuffs might ensue but cooler heads prevailed and the teams ended up shaking hands.

 

Knights win three straight, lose semi-final

After going 3-0 in divisional play and finishing in first place in their division, the Windsor Knights met up with the Albions, who placed second in the other division for the opening playoff game Sept. 2.

The magic the Knights demonstrated Friday and Saturday was lost early on Sunday as the Albions, already up 3-0, put the game away on the mercy rule with an eight run, eight hit performance in the fifth inning.

Ryan Clarke suffered the pitching loss with relief coming from Dave Swindall.

Windsor sent only five batters above the maximum to the plate while collecting only three hits.

In earlier tournament play on Aug. 31, the Knights surprised Hantsport by defeating the Shamrocks 10-3. Windsor banged out 13 hits with 12 of them coming in the final four innings.

The Knights sent 12 men to the plate in the 7th inning to blow the game open, scoring seven runs.

Pitcher Paul Humphreys had a two-run double and Clarke, the second baseman, registered a two-run single. Shannon States added an RBI single and Steve Best was issued a bases-loaded walk.

Mike Johnston's RBI single put Windsor up 1-0 in the fourth inning and the Knights scored two more in the fifth on an RBI grounder by Derek Hart and an RBI single by Jason Hanes.

Humphreys was the winning pitcher for Windsor. Matt Lloy suffered the loss, going the distance, striking out five and walking three.

Hantsport scored their lone three runs in the second inning on five base hits by Jeff Bishop, Moores, Luke Smith, King and Croft. Gaudet added a sacrifice bunt and Martin a sacrifice fly. Hantsport left nine runners on base including the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

 

* * *

Saturday morning, the Knights handed the Noel Road Blue Jays a 4-1 setback.

Johnston, playing only his second game since the death of his father, homered twice to left field. Johnston's first shot travelled some 290 feet to deep left.

"I knew it was gone the minute it left my bat with the wind blowing out,” Johnston told the Journal.

Kyle Burgess singled ahead of Johnston for Windsor giving the Knights a pair of big runs on the blast. Johnston added his second homer in the seventh inning.

Swindall pitched the win for Windsor and had 10 strike-outs. Swindall demonstrated an excellent change-up while throwing lots of strikes with his pitch count being well under 100. He allowed only a single runner past second base.

Hart added three singles for Windsor including an RBI base hit. Alex Patterson and Best both doubled while Humphreys went one for four. The three outs he made were all deep fly balls.

Anthony Miller took the loss for the Blue Jays.

 

* * *

The Knights then rested for just a short while before defeating Halifax 5-1.

Hanes was the winning pitcher, retiring the last 12 Halifax hitters he faced. In fact, 17 of the 21 outs were ground balls (nine) and fly balls (eight).

 Windsor sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on four base hits by Clarke, Hart, a sacrifice bunt by Patterson, a sacrifice fly by States and two more base hits — one an RBI single by Best and a base hit by Johnston. Windsor left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth with one out.

Windsor added one more run in the fifth inning after four base hits by Patterson, Best, Johnston and States.

Of the eight teams competing in the provincial tournament, Windsor was the only one to record a perfect record in the round robin, going 3-0. Hantsport, Spryfield and Pictou all went 2-1, while Halifax, Bridgewater and Eastern Passage went 1-2. Noel Road did not register any wins.

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