Barons vs. Caps

The pro­vin­cial se­nior A base­ball cham­pi­onship got un­der­way over the week­end.

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Ryan Mor­gan pitched six strong in­nings and An­drew Paul scored two runs as the vis­it­ing St. John’s Cap­i­tals de­feated the Cor­ner Brook Barons 5-2 Sun­day at Ju­bilee Field to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven pro­vin­cial se­nior base­ball cham­pi­onship.

The re­main­der of the se­ries will be played next week­end at St. Pat’s Ball Park in St. John’s, with Games 4 and 5 set for Sat­ur­day. Games 6 and 7, if nec­es­sary, would go next Sun­day.

St. John’s has won 16 of the last 17 all-New­found­land ti­tles, their lat­est cham­pi­onship com­ing last year when they swept Cor­ner Brook. How­ever, it was the Barons who opened the 2017 se­ries with a win, as pick-up pitcher A.J. Whiffen (4W, 5K) threw a five-hit­ter and al­lowed just one earned run in Cor­ner Brook’s 5-2 vic­tory in Sat­ur­day’s Game 1 at Ju­bilee Field.

Trevor Clarke home­red for the Caps and scored both St. John’s runs. Greg Barry (5H, 2K) took the loss.

In Game 2, Cap­i­tals starter Dan Con­nors and Mor­gan com­bined on a four-hit shutout as St. John’s knot­ted the se­ries with a 3-0 vic­tory.

Con­nors (1W, 5K) went six in­nings for the win over Sean An­der­son. Mor­gan struck out two in pitching a hit­less fi­nal in­ning.

Catcher Scott Stock­ley had two hits and drove in two runs for the Cap­i­tals.

On Sun­day, it was Matt Mur­phy get­ting the save with one in­ning of work in re­lief of Mor­gan, who bat­tled his way to the win, giv­ing up two runs on five walks and seven hits. He struck out three.

Teen lefty Matt Col­bourne (4W, 5K) started and worked into the sixth in­ning for the Barons.

He was tagged with the loss af­ter be­ing charged with three runs.

Dy­lan McKen­zie of the Caps, and Dar­ren Col­bourne and Dave Par­sons of the Barons each had two hits in Game 3.


Cor­ner Brook Barons pitcher A.J. Whiffen scat­tered five hits through six­plus in­nings to power the team to a 5-2 vic­tory over the St. John’s Cap­i­tals in Game 1 of the pro­vin­cial se­nior A base­ball fi­nal at Ju­bilee Field in Cor­ner Brook Sat­ur­day.

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