Im­por­tant game this week­end

Nova Sco­tia In­ter­me­di­ate Base­ball League’s sea­son reaches


In pre­vi­ous years, the Nova Sco­tia In­ter­me­di­ate Base­ball League sea­son would gen­er­ally see ei­ther the Hantsport Sham­rocks or Noel Road Jays sit­ting in first place with four or five other teams fight­ing for the two re­main­ing play­off berths.

The 2018 sea­son is shap­ing up to be quite a bit dif­fer­ent as the league has reached the half­way mark of its 24-game reg­u­lar sea­son.

Go­ing into play the week­end of July 7- 8, the Sherose Is­land Schooners and Hantsport Sham­rocks were tied for first place with 30 points, with the Shel­burne County team hav­ing two games in hand. The Schooners were 9- 3 while the Sham­rocks were 8- 6, with both teams hav­ing the best run dif­fer­en­tial in the league at + 24. The Ken­net­cook Braves have the worst run dif­fer­en­tial at - 100.

The Schooners and Sham­rocks are sched­uled to play a cru­cial dou­ble­header in Hantsport July 15, with games start­ing at 1 p. m. and 3 p. m.

Sherose Is­land will play Ken­net­cook at the Hants North Recre­ation Field on July 14 at 1 p. m. and 3p. m.

Game re­caps

The fol­low­ing are high­lights from re­cent league play.

Sherose Is­land and the Wind­sor Knights played a dou­ble­header on Canada Day in Shel­burne County with the Knights los­ing both games by one point.

In the first game, Sherose Is­land came out on top with a 6- 5 ver­dict.

The Knights grabbed an early 5- 0 lead but could not hang on and lost 6- 5 with the Schooners scor­ing the win­ning run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

Ryan Clarke went five and two- third in­nings, but Alex Sabean came on in re­lief. The Knights showed plenty of of­fen­sive power as De­van Dun­field con­nected for a bases- loaded dou­ble in the third in­ning while Paul Humphreys drove in a pair of runs on a cou­ple of hits in­clud­ing a dou­ble. Derek Hart also col­lected a pair of hits for the Knights.

In the sec­ond game, Sherose Is­land again came out on top by one run. The fi­nal was 3- 2.

The Knights’ vet­eran pitcher Dave Swin­dall pitched the en­tire game, al­low­ing seven hits and only three runs but the Knights could only muster a pair of runs. The Schooners scored the game win­ner in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

In a July 2 dou­ble­header in Hantsport, the Jays swept a pair of games from the Sham­rocks.

In the first game, Noel Road won 13- 11.

Pat Bene­dict, of the Jays, put on an al­most flaw­less af­ter­noon at the plate as he col­lected three hits, drove in four runs and scored a pair while Kenny Miller added a two- run sin­gle.

For the Sham­rocks, Roland Proven­cal went two for five with three RBIs while Adrian Lloy went two for four with a dou­ble and three RBIs. Matt Rus­sell col­lected two hits and scored three runs while Sean Croft de­liv­ered one hit and two RBIs.

Shawn Mar­shall pitched the win for the Jays giv­ing up four runs over four in­nings while in re­lief, Jud Wise­man strug­gled, al­low­ing seven runs on three hits.

Travis Hart suf­fered the loss for Hantsport, al­low­ing 11 runs on seven hits over four in­nings,

In the sec­ond game, Noel Road emerged vic­to­ri­ous with a 6- 0 win.

Justin Camp­bell threw five in­nings of two- hit ball for the Jays to earn the win.

Matt Lloy, in an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic game, pitched the loss, giv­ing up six runs on 10 hits.

Aaron MacPhee, Kenny Miller, Pat Bene­dict and Jud Wise­man all col­lected dou­bles for the Jays.

This con­cluded the sea­son se­ries be­tween the Jays and Sham­rocks as the teams split a pair of games in Noel Road June 23- 24. Hantsport won the opener 5- 2 and the Jays won the sec­ond game 7- 3. Kyle John­ston and Matt Rus­sell home­red for the Sham­rocks in the open­ing game. Colin McCul­loch pitched the win for the Jays go­ing the dis­tance al­low­ing four hits while James Joice suf­fered the loss, giv­ing up seven hits and seven runs over six in­nings,.

In other re­cent play, the Knights swept a pair from Ken­net­cook in Wind­sor by scores of 5- 4 and 9- 2. Joe Beaton went five for eight in the two games with a dou­ble and two RBIs. Bryce Ri­vard was two for two with a dou­ble and a triple and Humphreys col­lected three RBIs in gar­ner­ing two hits in the sec­ond game.

In the opener, the Braves jumped out in front 3- 0 be­fore Wind­sor ral­lied with a run in the fifth, two more in the sixth and then when trail­ing 4- 3 go­ing to the bot­tom of the sev­enth came up with two more runs. Glenn Harvie went four for four with a dou­ble and a home run and three RBIs in the opener.

The Braves are now 1- 14 on the sea­son.

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