Cham­pi­onship bond

Syd­ney Soon­ers ad­vance to NSSBL cham­pi­onship se­ries with sweep of Truro Bearcats

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

For the first time since 2014, the Syd­ney Soon­ers are head­ing back to the Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League cham­pi­onship se­ries.

The Soon­ers ad­vanced to the league fi­nal on Fri­day, post­ing a 7-5 win over the Truro Bearcats at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball Park in Syd­ney. With the win, the Soon­ers sweep the best-of-five semi­fi­nal se­ries with the Bearcats 3-0.

“It was a back and forth game, but we had four or five what I would call men­tal mis­takes — base run­ning and mis­cues on our de­fence,” said Soon­ers man­ager Jim (Rico) McEach­ern. “We’re tough to beat at home.”

The Soon­ers didn’t take long get­ting the bats go­ing in the game. Af­ter a score­less top of the first in­ning, Syd­ney scored four runs in the bot­tom half of the in­ning to take a 4-0 lead, be­fore adding a run in the sec­ond in­ning to make the score 5-0.

Truro an­swered in the third in­ning, scor­ing four runs and cut­ting the Soon­ers lead to one, but Syd­ney replied with a run in the fourth in­ning, adding to their lead.

The Bearcats and Soon­ers would swap runs in the sev­enth and eight in­nings.

Mike Tobin led the of­fense for Syd­ney with two sin­gles, two stolen basses and four RBI. Cory Christie had three sin­gles and an RBI, while Josh For­rest, Sean Ferguson and Kenny Long each chipped in with two sin­gles apiece.

Dar­son Mur­phy, Adam Lom­bard and Shawn Mul­lens each had two sin­gles for Truro.

Shel­don MacDonald was the win­ning pitcher for the Soon­ers, al­low­ing eight hits and strik­ing out seven. John Chap­man was tagged with the loss.

Syd­ney will face ei­ther the Dart­mouth Moose­head Dry or the Hal­i­fax Pel­ham Mol­son Cana­di­ans in the cham­pi­onship se­ries. The Dry lead the best-of-five semi­fi­nal se­ries 2-1 with Game 4 of the se­ries tak­ing place to­day in Hal­i­fax.

“Dart­mouth of­fers you a stronger pitch­ing staff to throw against you,” said McEach­ern. “I some­times think that the Hal­i­fax squad will throw a tough of­fen­sive lineup against you, so ei­ther one of these teams will be tough in the fi­nals.”

The best-of-seven Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League cham­pi­onship se­ries will be­gin next week­end in Syd­ney.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mike Tobin, right, of the Syd­ney Soon­ers dives back to first base as Dan Bates of the Truro Bearcats slaps the tag on him dur­ing Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Base­ball League play­off ac­tion at the Su­san McEach­ern Me­mo­rial Ball on Fri­day. The Soon­ers won, 7-5.

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