Syd­ney Soon­ers off to per­fect start

Bat­tle poor weather on the road for three-game sweep of Truro

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De­spite some less-thanideal weather, the Syd­ney Soon­ers got the sea­son off to the per­fect start.

The Soon­ers went 3-0 on the road with a three-game sweep of the Truro Bearcats this week­end. The Soon­ers were set to start the sea­son off with a dou­ble-header Satur­day, but rain de­layed the open­ing game un­til Satur­day evening, with the fi­nal two games moved to Sun­day.

“Any time you sweep you just have to be happy,” said Soon­ers head coach Jim (Rico) McEach­ern. “That’s not an easy thing to do in this league, I’ll tell you, so we’re happy. It’s a good jump for us.”

The Soon­ers needed ex­tra in­nings to com­plete the sweep Sun­day evening with new ad­di­tion Mike Tobin scor­ing the win­ning run in the 8-7 win. Tobin started the 10th in­ning off with a sin­gle, then Soon­ers got con­sec­u­tive base hits from Phil Brown and Justin Brewer be­fore Josh For­rest drove Tobin — who also had a dou­ble, two sin­gles, an RBI and a stolen base — home for the win­ning run.

Brewer also added a dou­ble and scored a run for the Soon­ers, who were paced by Jordan Shep­herd’s three-run home run and a dou­ble, while Corey Christie (a dou­ble, sin­gle and RBI) Chris Far­row (two sin­gles, three runs and two stolen bases) and Kenny Long (two sin­gles, two runs and an RBI) added to Syd­ney’s of­fence.

Ri­ley O’Rourke, who came in in the fourth in­ning for starter Mike MacGil­livray, picked up the win while Tyler Smith was tagged with the loss for Truro.

Ear­lier Sun­day, the of­fence was fir­ing on all cylin­ders as the Soon­ers rode a six-run fourth in­ning and three-run eighth in­ning to an 11-3 win.

Christie with three RBI and Shep­herd with two RBI, led the Soon­ers hit­ters, with Tobin, who scored a pair of runs and stole two bases, was on base five times and For­rest crossed home plate twice after reach­ing base six times. Start­ing pitcher Justin Brewer picked up the win while Jamie MacLean took the loss for the Bearcats.

Long was the hero in the sea­son-opener Satur­day, scor­ing the win­ning run in the ninth on a sac­ri­fice fly by Shep­herd and also pick­ing up the win after re­liev­ing starter Sheldon Mac­Don­ald in the sixth. Long ended the game with two runs on two sin­gles sin­gles, Shep­herd had two RBI and Christie and Far­row each had an RBI for the Soon­ers.

Jordan John­son took the loss for the Bearcats

The Soon­ers have next week­end off be­fore they hit the road to take on the Hal­i­fax Pel­ham Mol­son Cana­di­ans on June 9 and June 10. Their forst home game is June 16 when they host Truro for a twogame home­s­tand at Su­san MacEach­ern Memo­rial Ball Park.

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Mike MacGil­li­vary of the Soon­ers is wel­comed home by Phil Brown as he scores Syd­ney’s eighth run in ac­tion Sun­day against the Truro Bearcats. The Soon­ers won 11-3 as they swept the Bearcats 3-0 over the week­end to open their Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League sea­son.

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