Sooners host Canadians for three-game set
The Sydney Sooners hope to pad their lead in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League standings this weekend when they host the Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians.
The three-game set gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. at Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park in Sydney. The teams meet again for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.
Sydney is perched atop the five-team provincial loop with a 10-4 record, but the standings are close.
The second-place Dartmouth Moosehead Dry (9-4) are a halfgame back, while third-place Halifax (7-7) and the fourthplace Truro Bearcats (6-7) are three and three-and-and-half games behind respectively.
The Sooners are looking to build on a series sweep of the last-place Kentville Wildcats (212) last weekend. Sydney posted a pair of 5-3 victories along with a 4-0 shutout in the getaway game. It was a rebound weekend for Sydney from the previous week when they lost all three games of a Halifax/Dartmouth road trip.
On the mound, Sooners hurler Nate Brewer has been putting in a strong campaign so far. He sports a league-leading 4-0 record and a 2.06 earned-run average. Brewer also has 19 strikeouts over his 35 innings of work. Both Kenny Long (2-0) and Anthony Iannetti (3-2) have also been key, while rookie Reilly O’Rourke leads the league in saves with two.
Matt Denney picked up where he left off at the plate from 2014. He’s batting .439 to lead the league, and is tied for first in doubles with five and second in runs at 17.
Sean Ferguson is the league’s top RBI man at 16, while Josh Forrest has crossed the plate 21 times for the Sooners. Phil Brown has also lent a consistent bat, hitting .341 so far this summer.
Halifax comes to town with a balanced offence of their own, with the likes of Shawn Walsh (.404), Jake Pelham (.377), Pat Gilbert (.358) and Josh Pelham (.345) making regular contact. Walsh leads the league with 21 hits.
Craig Field has been the top chucker for the Canadians, sporting a 3-2 record and a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings.
Sydney Sooners pitcher Nate Brewer leads the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League in wins with four and sports a 2.05 earned run average.