Soon­ers de­feat Hal­i­fax for fourth straight win

Syd­ney pitch­ing con­tin­ues to im­press

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­ SYD­NEY

It was the same old story for the Syd­ney Soon­ers, but the team’s long-time man­ager wasn’t com­plain­ing.

“Once again, we got a strong per­for­mance from our start­ing pitcher,” said Jim (Rico) McEach­ern, re­fer­ring to the seven in­nings tossed by Justin Brewer in the Soon­ers’ 6-2 home win over the Hal­i­fax Pel­ham Mol­son Cana­di­ans on Fri­day.

Brewer cruised through the first six in­nings with­out al­low­ing a Hal­i­fax run­ner to cross the plate be­fore he was tagged for two runs in the top of the sev­enth in­ning.

With Syd­ney lead­ing 4-2, McEach­ern then opted to pull his start­ing pitcher in favour of Lo­gan Aker.

The 19-year-old right-handed hurler be­gan by walk­ing the first two bat­ters he faced be­fore set­tling down and work­ing his way out of the in­ning with the help of a tic-tac-toe dou­ble­play.

A hard hit ball was fielded cleanly by short­stop Chris Far­row who threw to Josh For­rest for the out at sec­ond base be­fore the pivot-man whipped a hard and ac­cu­rate throw to first base to beat the bats­man by a half step.

And, with dark­ness de­scend­ing on Syd­ney’s Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Field, the skip­per stayed with young Aker who re­tired the side with­out a run.

“Our field­ing has been bail­ing out lately and that’s good to see, but I’d like to see us im­prove on what we did tonight in leav­ing 12 base run­ners stranded”, said bench­boss McEach­ern.

“I’d like to see more of the keys hit­ting right now.”

And, while more timely hit­ting would ob­vi­ously please the man­ager, he might not need it if his pitch­ing staff con­tin­ues to de­liver the solid per­for­mance it has of late, in­clud­ing back-to­back com­plete-game shutouts by lefty Nate Brewer.

The win, be­fore a good-sized crowd, ex­tends the Soon­ers win­ning streak to four game and im­proves the team’s record to 11-4 on the sea­son, while the loss drops Hal­i­fax to a 7-8 mark.

Syd­ney sits atop the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League stand­ings, but only by half a game over the al­ways-com­pet­i­tive Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry (10-4).

The Soon­ers and Hal­i­fax re­sume the three-game se­ries with a Satur­day dou­ble­header. Game 1 is set for 12 noon, while the sec­ond game of the twin­bill is sched­uled for 3 p.m.


The Soon­ers snuff out another Hal­i­fax rally as first base­man Kenny Long catches the Josh For­rest re­lay just ahead of the visi­tor’s base run­ner to com­plete a 6-4-3 dou­ble­play that ended the eighth in­ning in Syd­ney’s 6-2 win on Fri­day at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park.

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