Soon­ers ride strong pitch­ing to se­ries sweep over Wild­cats

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

The Syd­ney Soon­ers won both games of a Satur­day dou­ble­header to sweep a three­game week­end se­ries against the Kentville Wild­cats.

The three wins im­prove the league-lead­ing Soon­ers record to 10- 4 and gives the Syd­ney­based team some breath­ing space over sec­ond-place Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry ( 7- 4).

On Satur­day, Soon­ers man­ager Jim ( Rico) McEach­ern handed the ball to 19-year-old Lo­gan Aker who com­bined with fel­low young­ster Ri­ley O’Rourke to limit the Wild­cats to just seven hits in Syd­ney’s 5- 3 win at Me­mo­rial Park in Kentville.

With the Soon­ers just hav­ing put up two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 5- 3, Aker worked into the bot­tom half of the in­ning be­fore be­ing re­lieved by O’Rourke who shut down the Wild­cats ( 2- 11) the rest of the game.

Jor­dan Shep­herd paced the Soon­ers’ at­tack with a sin­gle, a home run and two RBI, while Matt Den­ney added a sin­gle, a dou­ble and two RBI and Josh For­rest chipped in with a sin­gle and a triple.

Sean Fer­gu­son han­dled catch­ing du­ties in the first game of the twin­bill.

Re­liever David McIntyre was tagged with the loss af­ter tak­ing over from starter Codey Shrider in the eighth.

McIntyre also con­trib­uted a sin­gle and two RBI to the Kentville at­tack.

In the sec­ond game, An- thony Ian­netti com­bined with O’Rourke on a three- hit shutout as the Soon­ers won 40. Ian­netti worked into the sev­enth in­ning and was cred­ited with the win, while O’Rourke picked up his sec­ond save of the af­ter­noon.

Den­ney, who was be­hind the plate for the con­test, smashed two dou­bles, while Shep­herd had two sin­gles, For­rest had a dou­ble and an RBI, Justin Brewer had a sin­gle and an RBI and Rob­bie Biron added two sin­gles.

Alex Ostrov pitched the en­tire game for the Wild­cats, sur­ren­der­ing 12 hits. The three Kentville hits were all sin­gles.

The Soon­ers won Fri­day’s match by a score of 5- 3 with lefty Nate Brewer pick­ing up the win.

The Soon­ers are back in ac­tion next Fri­day when they host the Hal­i­fax Pel­ham Mol­son Cana­di­ans ( 6- 7) in the open­ing match of a three­game week­end se­ries at Syd­ney’s Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park.

Fri­day’s game is sched­uled for 7 p.m., while the Satur­day dou­ble­header game starts at 12 noon and 3 p.m.

Jor­dan Shep­herd paced Soon­ers at­tack with sin­gle, homer and two RBIs in wins against Kentville in week­end se­ries.

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