‘ We’re for­tu­nate to come away with one game’

Soon­ers drops two of three games to Bearcats

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

The Syd­ney Soon­ers strug­gled de­fen­sively in a 10-6 loss to the Truro Bearcats in Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League play on Sun­day.

The league-lead­ing Soon­ers (15-8) dropped two of three games against the fourth-place Bearcats (9-9). They also suf­fered a 14-2 loss and posted a 76 vic­tory on Satur­day.

“We’re for­tu­nate to come away with one game,” said Soon­ers bench boss Jim (Rico) McEach­ern. “We won the sec­ond one 7-6 and had to work hard to get that. I said go­ing in that Truro is one of the bet­ter hit­ting teams in the league, es­pe­cially in the first game they had five home runs and set the tone for the week­end.

“(Sun­day) we fell be­hind early and chased all day try­ing to catch-up and it wasn’t enough. We have to pull to­gether all three as­pects of our game right now.”

The Bearcats scored five runs in the fourth in an in­ning that in­cluded three Syd­ney er­rors to take a 10-2 lead. The Soon­ers fought back with a run in the fifth and three more in the sev­enth, but couldn’t com­plete the come­back.

Cory Christie led the of­fence with a dou­ble and three sin­gles, while Jeff MacKin­non and Chris Far­row had a dou­ble and a sin­gle apiece. An­thony Ian­netti shoul­dered the loss on the mound, and was re­placed on the hill by Kenny Long in the sec­ond in­ning.

Darcy Mur­phy, Mike Tobin and Guy Pel­ler­ine had two sin­gles each for Truro. Johnny Chap­man pitched the win, with re­lief from Craig Higgins in the sev­enth.

In the se­ries opener on Satur­day, Pel­ler­ine had a hot bat for the Bearcats launch­ing two home runs and adding a sin­gle to drive in six runs in their 14-2 rout in seven in­nings. Chap­man and Mur­phy each had a homer and two sin­gles, while Dan Bates hit a home run as well. Eight Truro bat­ters crossed the plate in the sixth.

For Syd­ney, Josh For­rest recorded two sin­gles while Sean Fer­gu­son had a hit.

On the mound, Lo­gan Aker took the loss af­ter en­ter­ing the game in the fifth in­ning. Nate Brewer got the start and was re­lieved by Justin Brewer in the fourth. Pel­ler­ine went the dis­tance in the win.

In the sec­ond half of the dou­ble­header, the Soon­ers held off a come­back at­tempt by the Bearcats for a 7-6 win. Truro scored runs in the sev­enth and ninth to threaten, but it was as close as they would get.

Justin Brewer posted the win, while Jeff Chisholm took the loss.

Christie had three sin­gles and drove in two runs for Syd­ney. Matt Den­ney, MacKin­non and Far­row had a dou­ble and a sin­gle apiece, while Fer­gu­son added a pair of hits.

Pel­ler­ine swat­ted a dou­ble and a sin­gle for Truro. Tobin, Mur­phy, Chap­man, Matt Mingo and Adam Lom­bard added two sin­gles each.

The Soon­ers have an off week­end be­fore they host the Truro Bearcats Aug. 7-8 at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park in Syd­ney.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Cory Christie was a bright spot in Syd­ney’s 10-6 loss on Sun­day, hit­ting a dou­ble and three sin­gles.

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