Sweet vic­tory

Soon­ers back in win col­umn with vic­tory over Wild­cats

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­post.com

The Syd­ney Soon­ers are back to their win­ning ways thanks to the “Brew Crew.”

Nate Brewer tossed his third con­sec­u­tive com­plete-game vic­tory and Justin Brewer (no re­la­tion to Nate) socked a home run over the right field fence to lead the Soon­ers to a 5-3 win over the Kentville Wild­cats (2-9) on Fri­day.

The win puts the Soon­ers (84) back into first place, half a game ahead of the Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry (7-4) and a game and a half ahead of the third-place Truro Bearcats (6-5).

The Soon­ers had been sit­ting com­fort­ably atop the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League stand­ings with a record of 7-2 en­ter­ing the sec­ond game of last Satur­day’s dou­ble­header against the Dry.

The team’s five-game win­ning streak was ended when Dart­mouth edged the Cape Bre­ton squad by a score of 3-2. The next day, the Soon­ers were pounded 14-1 by the Hal­i­fax Pel­ham Mol­son Cana­di­ans.

The Soon­ers got off to a rough start at Me­mo­rial Park in Kentville on Fri­day, when Brewer sur­ren­dered three runs in the sec­ond in­ning as the Wild­cats surged ahead 3-1.

But the left-handed hurler, who had tossed back-to-back com­plete-game shutouts head­ing into Fri­day’s game, would not sur­ren­der another run as the Soon­ers came back to score four runs over the fi­nal six in­nings to take the win.

“He’s been pitch­ing great,” said Soon­ers man­ager Jim (Rico) McEach­ern.

“That third in­ning was the only real hic­cup he has had lately, but he bounced right back and shut them down the rest of the game — that means he has given up runs in just one of the past 27 in­nings he has pitched.”

The other Brewer, Justin, was at the heart of the Soon­ers’ 13hit at­tack with a solo homer in the top of the fourth in­ning.

Syd­ney was with­out two reg­u­lars — catcher Matt Den­ney and third base­man Cory Christie, both of whom were un­able to make the trip.

McEach­ern said he will likely give the ball to 19-year-old pitcher Lo­gan Aker in the first game of Satur­day’s dou­ble­header. The first match of the twin­bill is set for 12 noon, while the sec­ond game is sched­uled for 3 p.m.

The Soon­ers are back home at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park for three games next week­end against Hal­i­fax.

McEach­ern

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