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White Rock Rockies preparing to play four games this week


HANTS COUNTY — The White Rock Rockies may have experienced some difficulty in securing critical hits in the clutch as of late, but the team’s manager is optimistic they will bounce back.

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Manager Justin Schofield said he does not see it as anything more than the team being in a "little funk and struggling at the plate."  

He hopes the club will be able to break out of the funk in a big way as they play four games this week in the Shooter's Bar and Grill Softball Fastpitch League.  

Schofield said he feels the players that are struggling at the plate can look toward teammate Tyler Whynot for inspiration. Schofield describes Whynot as "the best hitter in the league."

The two games that were to be played last Thursday night in Shubenacadie against the Stewiacke Murphy's Fish and Chips and the East Hants Charros were moved ahead to July 28 due to scheduling difficulties.

On July 30, in St. Croix, the Rockies will host Stewiacke in a doubleheader with games slated for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Rockies owned an 8-4 record going into play July 28.

The Rockies recorded 2-1 and 11-3 victories over Stewiacke, and during their July 16 contest in Stewiacke, played it cautiously as they provided the Colchester team with no advance line-up card, with management feeling there was no sense in providing an early scouting report.  

Heading into action on July 28, Schofield was 10 strikeouts off the league lead.

Halifax's Craig Manuel, who plays with the Pepperjacks, currently leads the league standings with an 11-3-1 record.

A good week will put the Rockies in a solid position as they prepare for the double-knock out league championship tournament Aug. 22-23. The tournament is tentatively scheduled for Shubenacadie and Brookfield.  

 

Schofield busy pitching this summer

Besides the two games in St. Croix July 30, Schofield has been busy this summer pitching for the Hallman Twins — a men’s fastball team from Kitchener, Ontario.

He will be one of their key pitchers in the 42-team International World Softball Congress Championship Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, Aug. 8-15. It’s a tournament that the Hallman Twins hosted and lost in the championship game last season.

Schofield will then pitch for the East Hants Mastodons when they travel to the Canadian Sr. Men's Softball Championship in St. Claire and St. Gervais, Quebec the last week of August. It will mark the first time Quebec has hosted the national championship in 33 years.

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