Ponies tie sea­son opener, 7-7

Kingston Whig-Standard - - SPORTS -

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.

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