No short­age of runs for Soon­ers

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

The bats of the Syd­ney Soon­ers have come alive in the nick of time.

Af­ter rid­ing some hot pitch­ing in an early sea­son surge to the top of the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League stand­ings, the Soon­ers are sud­denly find­ing that they need to score more runs if they are to main­tain their win­ning ways.

Long­time man­ager Jim (Rico) McEach­ern is happy that his team scored 32 runs in the week­end’s three-game se­ries with the Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry, but he’s not overly pleased that the visi­tors scored just one less one and that the Soon­ers twice needed to score in the dou­ble dig­its to win.

“It’s been a bit reck­less as of late. I’d like to see us tighten up a bit and stay more in con­trol,” said McEach­ern, whose team leads Dart­mouth by a game and a half af­ter tak­ing two out of three over the week­end at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park in Syd­ney.

Ac­tion got un­der­way a bit ear- lier at the park as the Soon­ers paid trib­ute to the 1959 New Water­ford Giants, the first Cape Bre­ton team to win a Mar­itimes se­nior base­ball crown, an ac­com­plish­ment for which they were re­cently in­ducted into the Mar­itime Sport Hall of Fame.

Seven mem­bers of the ‘59 Giants at­tended the cer­e­mony.

On the diamond, it was as if the Soon­ers and their Dart­mouth op­po­nents were starved for runs and the two teams con­tin­ued the run scor­ing frenzy started the pre­vi­ous night when Syd­ney won 15-11.

In the first game of Satur­day’s twin­bill, the Soon­ers ral­lied to over­come a one-run deficit in the bot­tom of the ninth and claimed a 10-9 walk-off vic­tory on a Josh For­rest sin­gle that pushed Matt Den­ney across the plate with the win­ning run.

Ear­lier in the match, Den­ney launched a three-run home run.

Tyler An­der­son was cred­ited with the win af­ter com­ing into the game in re­lief of starter Justin Brewer, while Justin Davies took the loss for Dart­mouth.

In the sec­ond game, the Dry raced out to an 8-0 lead be­fore the Soon­ers bats came to life in a five-run sev­enth in­ning.

“We’re re­lent­less and we’re scrappy,” said Sean Fer­gu­son, who pounded a sin­gle and a dou­ble in the sec­ond game.

“We’re all very com­pet­i­tive and we never give up.”

But it was a case of too lit­tle, too late as Dart­mouth re­sponded with three more in­sur­ance runs be­fore a ninth in­ning Soon­ers rally ended at two runs with the Dry pick­ing up an 11-7 win.

Liam Lo­gan was the win­ning pitcher, while Nate Brewer suf­fered the loss.

The Soon­ers (14-6) hit the road next week­end when they travel to Truro to face the Bearcats (6-8) in a three-game se­ries. Syd­ney’s next home games are Aug. 7-8, when Truro comes to town for a three-game set.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The Syd­ney Soon­ers and Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry com­bined to score 63 runs in their three-game week­end se­ries, but this play at the plate iron­i­cally did not re­sult in a run as the Soon­ers’ Rob­bie Biron was tagged out by Dart­mouth catcher Dan Comeau in the sec­ond game of Satur­day’s dou­ble­header.

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