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Wild finish expected as intermediate baseball league season comes to a close

The Hantsport Shamrocks put together four wins this past weekend to move into a first place tie with the Noel Road Blue Jays as the teams prepare for the end of the regular season.

The Shamrocks and Blue Jays both have 60 points, with four games each remaining to play in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League season.

The Windsor Knights have a 12-8 record for 44 points and occupy fifth place in the standings. If they win all four remaining games of the season, and other teams don’t win, they could still make the playoffs.

It would require a pair of single game wins against Noel Road and a double-header sweep of the Shelburne Schooners.

The Schooners are one of the teams they are chasing for fourth place. The Knights would also welcome assistance from the Hantsport Shamrocks, who are playing a doubleheader in Shelburne Aug. 22, and a pair of games in Yarmouth Aug. 23.

The following are the highlights from NSIBL action on the weekend.

Knights 16, Royals 0

Paul Humphreys pitched five innings in the opening game of a doubleheader versus the Pictou County Royals Aug. 16.  The Knights won 16-0, which was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The game was played in Windsor. Gwenaël Dugué delivered a double and single and five RBIs to pace the Knights to victory in this game, while Devon Dunfield added a solo home run and Mike Johnson three singles.

Royals 12, Knights 10

The Pictou County Royals recorded only their fourth win of the season in a wild and thrilling game Aug. 16. The game went to the bottom of the ninth.  The Knights had the bases loaded with two out and ended up grounding out to end the game. This game featured tense moments as the Royals led 8-6 going into the bottom of the seventh before Dunfield belted his second home run of the afternoon — a two-run shot — to send the game into extra innings. The Royals then scored two runs in the top of the eighth to make it 10-8 before the Knights came back on a two-run single from Derek Hart to tie the game once again and force it to nine innings.

The Royals delivered a two-run homer in their half of the ninth for a 12-10 lead and the Knights simply could not plate any of the runners they put on the bases in the bottom of the ninth.

Shamrocks 15, Braves 0

Adrian Lloy paced the Shamrocks to victory with a single, double and a home run and four RBIs when Hantsport took on the Kennetcook Braves Aug. 16. Steve Best, despite garnering only one hit, also drove in four runs.  Matt Lloy pitched the win, giving up only four hits.

Shamrocks 13, Braves 3

The Shamrocks’ Adrian Lloy and Best both collected a pair of hits, with Adrian Lloy driving in three runs and Best adding four runs. Taylor Welsh pitched the win for Hantsport, allowing five hits as the Braves concluded their regular season with a 5-23 record for 38 points.

Albions 6, Braves 0

Elliot Dickson-Green pitched the loss for the Braves, striking out five and walking one while giving up 10 hits.

Braves 13, Albions 10

Kennetcook led this game 11-2 before the Albions scored eight runs during the fifth and sixth innings. Six players drove in two runs apiece for the Braves, with Ryan Thoms collecting two doubles and two RBIs and Chad Bartlett getting three singles and two RBIs.  Justin White also doubled.

Shamrocks 12, Royals 0

Saturday morning in Stellarton, the Shamrocks pummeled the Royals 12-0, collecting 14 hits in the process.  Eric Such pitched the win for Hantsport while Sean Croft, who also stole a pair of bases, Adrian Lloy and Best all drove in two runs.

Shamrocks 7, Royals 1

In the second game of the morning, the Shamrocks behind the three-hit pitching of David Pilat, connected for a 7-1 win. Matt Lloy was two for three while driving in two runs and Sean Croft was three for four while scoring three runs.

Noel Road Blue Jays highlights 

In other weekend action, the Yarmouth Gateways and Noel Road Blue Jays split a doubleheader in Noel Road, with the Blue Jays winning the opener 3-1 and the Gateways taking the second game 7-5.

Upcoming games

The final games of the regular season NSIBL have been scheduled. Local highlights include the following. Windsor was due to play Noel Road Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. for a lone game.

On Aug. 22, the Pictou County Albions will visit the Blue Jays for a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. The Hantsport Shamrocks also have a doubleheader scheduled down in Shelburne. On Aug. 23, the Windsor Knights are set to travel to Shelburne for a pair of games at 1 and 3 p.m. while Hantsport are on the road to Yarmouth. Windsor has one game remaining, which is to be played Aug. 25 in Noel at 7 p.m.

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