Hit­men look to bounce back against Bull­dogs

Af­ter ex­tra-tough, ex­tra in­ning loss in semi­fi­nal opener, they have re­match with de­fend­ing champs in Game 2 Sun­day

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Sun­day at Lions Park, the NTV Hit­men will be look­ing for a win that will help re­lieve some of the st­ing of an ex­tra-in­ning loss to the Kelly’s Pub Mol­son Bull­dogs in their open­ing game of the 2017 Mol­son St. John’ se­nior soft­ball play­offs.

Thurs­day night, the Hit­men were lead­ing the Bull­dogs 6-0 af­ter two in­nings, but the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons clawed back to force the game into ex­tra in­nings, largely on the strength of a fiverun sixth in­ning.

The Hit­men took the lead when Justin Gill scored in the top of the ninth — the sec­ond ex­tra in­ning — but the Bull­dogs replied with two runs in the bot­tom of the frame, both on passed balls, to get a 9-8 win in the opener of the best-of­five se­ries. De­spite all the runs, there was some power pitch­ing in the game, with Sean Cleary strik­ing out 19 in go­ing the dis­tance for the win, and Hit­men starter Rob­bie Greene and re­liever Lee Cose (who took the loss) com­bin­ing for 17 Ks.

Game 2 in the se­ries is 1 p.m. Sun­day at Lions Park.

That will be fol­lowed by a 3 p.m. con­test between The Bigs and 3 Cheers Pub Bud Light Dodgers.

The Bigs leads that semi­fi­nal se­ries 1-0 af­ter a 9-2 win Thurs­day, a game that saw Peter Ka­vanagh hit a homer and drive in three runs for the vic­tors, while win­ning pitcher Mark Power struck out nine in a game that was short­ened to six in­nings by the mercy rule.

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