Soon­ers host Cana­di­ans for three-game set

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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.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Syd­ney Soon­ers pitcher Nate Brewer leads the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League in wins with four and sports a 2.05 earned run av­er­age.

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