Inverness on roll heading into Int. A provincials
-by Bill Dunphy
The Inverness Athletics are off to the six-team Intermediate A provincial tournament in Sydney Mines this weekend. Members of the team include, from left: (front) Corbin Beaton, Ryan MacDonnell, Jonathan Gosbee, Liam MacDonnell, Mark Copley, Dylan MacDona
Thereís nothing like winning a tripleheader and earning a playoff spot in your league on the Monday before playing for a Nova Scotia championship.
The Inverness Athletics did just that on a labaorious Labour Day, defeating the Sydney Mines Ramblers 4-1 and 8-1 in a pair of seven-inning exhibition games, then downing the Louisdale Baracos 12-5 to clinch the last playoff spot in the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association.
All three wins were highlighted by monster pitching performances.
In the first game against the Intermediate A provincial-host Ramblers, lefthander Shamus Campbell allowed just four hits and two walks for the 4-1 win.
Murdock MacLellan singled and walked and scored twice to lead the As in run support for Campbell.
Tyler MacMaster tripled and singled and scored a run. James Doyle doubled and singled and scored a run, while Jonathan Gosbee had a pair of base hits and a run scored. Liam MacDonnell also added a double and a single.
Game two saw Gosbee go to the mound, pitching seven innings for an 8-1 win. Pitching out of a couple of jams in the first and seventh innings, Gosbee had three three-up, three-down innings.
Runs came from both halves of the lineup, with Doyle (double, single) and Liam MacDonnell (single and a walk) each scoring twice.
Also crossing the plate were: Ryan MacDonnell, Mark Copley, Brent Fraser and Corbin Beaton.
The best was yet to come for the Athletics, who started at noon with Sydney Mines and now had to face a dangerous Louisdale team in a nine-inning game at 4:30 p.m.
With just enough time to wolf down some pizza slices, the As went right back to work, led by pitcher Dylan MacDonald.
Just off the disabled list with a hamstring injury, MacDonald went the distance, striking out nine, for the 12-5 win.
The Baracos managed two runs with two outs in the second, and a couple of walks in the third saw two more runs come in, but otherwise MacDonald threw six shutout innings to put the As into the RABA playoffs.
Inverness was down 4-2 after four innings before the bats came alive for five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With everyone getting their timing back, offence once again came from all positions.
Ryan MacDonnell was unbeatable at the plate, going four-for-four, three singles and a double, plus a walk, scoring three times.
Copley also crossed the plate three times, reaching on three base hits.
MacLellan had a mixed bag in the clean-up position with a base hit, hit by a pitch, two walks and two runs scored.
Single runs were added by Gosbee, Doyle, Sandy Sofan and Eugene Fraser.
The wins give the Athletics some much-needed momentum heading into their provincial weekend which gets underway this Friday, September 6th, in Sydney Mines.
Inverness is in a pool with the host Ramblers and fellow RABA member Little Anse Hawks. Three mainland teams are in the other division and include: Kennetcook, Pictou, and Cole Harbour.
The As play Kennetcook in their first game Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Nicole Meaney field.
On Saturday, the venue changes to the Brown Street field where Inverness plays Cole Harbour at 9:00 a.m. and Pictou at 3:00 p.m.
Playoffs are scheduled for Sunday and include the four teams with the best record to come out of the round-robin.
At 10:00 a.m. itís 1st vs. 4th, followed at 1:00 p.m. by 2nd vs. 3rd. The championship game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. All three playoff games are at the Nicole Meaney field.
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