No love lost

Truro losses give Soon­ers the up­per hand as se­ries shifts to Syd­ney

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The Bearcats and Syd­ney Soon­ers wrapped up the first two games of their semi­fi­nal se­ries in Truro on the week­end, with Satur­day’s en­counter get­ting tense at times.

The Truro Bearcats make the trip to Cape Bre­ton this week­end with a daunt­ing task ahead, to say the least.

The Bearcats trail the Syd­ney Soon­ers 2-0 in their best-of-five Nova Scotia Se­nior Baseball League semi­fi­nal af­ter two home losses at the TAAC Grounds on the week­end. The re­main­ing games in the se­ries are all sched­uled for Syd­ney, open­ing Fri­day night and con­tin­u­ing Satur­day with a dou­ble­header, as needed.

The Bearcats stayed with the pen­nant-win­ning Soon­ers through­out most of Fri­day night’s con­test un­til a four-run eighth put the game away for Syd­ney and they went on to an 8-5 vic­tory.

Satur­day, in a mercy-rule short­ened game two, the Soon­ers cruised to a 13-2 vic­tory over the Bearcats.

Dur­ing the game Sun­day, bad blood boiled up be­tween the clubs. Truro short­stop Jeff Chisholm and Soon­ers right fielder Mike Tobin were ejected af­ter an ex­change be­tween the two. Truro stopped ac­tion at one point and in­di­cated they were play­ing the re­main­der of the game un­der protest, though it wasn’t clear what their grounds were. De­tails are ex­pected at the first of the week.

Satur­day, Truro got out to a good start when John Chap­man blasted one over the left-cen­tre field fence in the bot­tom of the first to put the Bearcats ahead 1-0.

Syd­ney tied it when Chris Far­row reached on an er­ror, stole sec­ond and ad­vanced to third on a ground out, be­fore scor­ing on a wild pitch to make it 1-1.

The Soon­ers took con­trol of the game with four runs in the fourth in­ning, and added four more in each of the fifth and sixth in­ning.

Truro’s other run came in the bot­tom of the fourth when Chap­man dou­bled and Ja­son Smith, bat­ting for the ejected Chisholm, sin­gled. It was close at the plate but Chap­man went in hard to score and make it 5-2.

The Soon­ers out-hit the Bearcats 15-5. Kenny Long went the seven in­nings to take the win on the mound for Syd­ney while Smith took the loss for Truro. Adam MacAloney and Shawn Mullins had the other hits for the Bearcats, both sin­gles.

Soon­ers 8 Bearcats 5 Truro got out to a good start Fri­day, plat­ing two runs in the bot­tom of the first. Adam Lom­bard sin­gled to get things go­ing and Chap­man was hit by a pitch. Af­ter Chisholm walked to load the bases, Dan Bates dou­bled to the gap to score Lom­bard and Chap­man, how­ever, Chisholm was thrown out at the plate.

The Soon­ers got their sticks go­ing in the top of the sec­ond. With two out, Sean Fer­gu­son dou­bled and Johnny Ma­cLeod sin­gled to bring in Fer­gu­son. Then, Justin Brewer showed some op­po­site field power blast­ing one over the right field fence mak­ing it 3-2 in Syd­ney’s favour.

Ja­son Smith led off the sec­ond for the Bearcats and took Syd­ney pitcher Shel­don MacDon­ald’s first pitch over the left-cen­tre field fence to tie it at three.

Syd­ney scored again in the third to make it 4-3 but the Bearcats re­sponded in their half of the fourth, get­ting a boost from the bot­tom of thee or­der. Af­ter Bates got aboard on an er­ror, num­ber-8 in the or­der, Shawn Mullins, sin­gled to bring Bates in and tie the game. Then with Matt Mingo aboard, num­ber-9 hit­ter Justin Morton de­liv­ered a sac­ri­fice fly that brought Mingo in to make it 5-4.

How­ever, in the eighth, the Soon­ers con­nected for five hits that would cash in four runs and put them up 8-5 and that was the way it ended.

MacDon­ald earned the win on the mound for the Soon­ers, while Chap­man took the loss for Truro. Syd­ney had 13 hits to the Bearcats’ five.

Game 3 is Fri­day at 7 p.m. at Su­san McEach­ern Memo­rial Field. If games 4 and 5 are needed, they will be played as a dou­ble­header in Syd­ney on Satur­day at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

TRURO DAILY NEWS PHOTO

John Chap­man of the Truro Bearcats bar­rels into Syd­ney’s Jor­dan Samp­son as the catcher at­tempts to block the plate dur­ing Satur­day’s NSSBL play­off ac­tion in Truro. Chap­man scored here but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Soon­ers went on to a 13-2 win,...

TRURO DAILY NEWS PHOTO

Chris Far­row of the Syd­ney Soon­ers man­ages to get back to the bag just be­fore Truro Bearcat Dan Bates can put the tag on him dur­ing a pick-off at­tempt in Satur­day’s NSSBL play­off game in Truro.

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