Ponies tie season opener, 7-7
In a back-and-forth season opener, the Kingston Ponies and Nepean Brewers combined for 24 hits in their National Capital Baseball League Tier 1 game and tied 7-7 Wednesday night at Carl Faulkner Field in Nepean.
Curfew prevented the game from going past six innings.
The Ponies only had a lead after the first inning and after their final at bat in the top of the sixth.
Trailing 5-4 in what wound up being the last inning, the Ponies scored three times. Jeff Skelhorne-Gross tripled in one run and Ross Graham doubled in another. James Hornby’s single drove in the third run of the inning.
The Brewers came back to score twice in the bottom of the sixth against pitcher Brody Burns, who was a strike away from getting the victory. Ken Krottner singled to left to drive in two.
Burns, the third pitcher the Ponies used, got a ground-out to preserve the tie.
Skelhorne-Gross had a threehit game and drove in one run. Graham went 2-for-3 and drove in three. Hornby and John Kalivas were the other two-hit batters for the Ponies.
Right-hander Dexter Coughtrey went the first three innings and gave up two runs. John Ivimey pitched two innings before Burns finished in the sixth.
The Ponies’ next action is Tuesday night in Nepean against the Panthers.
Kingston’s home opener at Megaffin Park is Sunday, May 28, with a doubleheader against the Bytown Battalion.