Shamrocks win NSIBL crown, Dooly's Coors Light Blues drop both games

Sam McNeish
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McIsaac inducted into Hall of Fame

The Hantsport Shamrocks have captured their sixth Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship in eight seasons with a 2-1 victory over the Pictou County Albions.

HANTSPORT - The Hantsport Shamrocks have captured their sixth Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League championship in eight seasons with a 2-1 victory over the Pictou County Albions.

Jeff Bridges tossed a complete game victory for Hantsport, outduelling Craig Cameron of the Albions for the title.

Hantsport entered the final with a perfect 2-0 record and Pictou County needed to beat the Shamrocks twice to win the crown. Pictou County and the Halifax Canadians aree the other previous NSIBL champions.

Hantsport opened the tournament with a 13-5 victory over the Amherst Dooly's Coors Light Blues and handed the Bridgewater Bulldogs a 6-5 defeat in nine innings.

Bridgewater got by the Albions 18-6 in the second game of the event and Pictou County followed up this loss with a 7-6 victory over the Dooly's Blues to eliminate Amherst from contention.

Pictou County doubled up on Bridgewater 6-3 on Sunday morning to earn a birth in the final.

In Amherst's opening loss to Hantsport, Matt Keddy suffered the loss with relief help from Nick Remington. Mike Keddy and Glenn Marks had two singles each to lead the Blues at the plate while Neal MacDonald, Corey Blenkhorn, Jeff Hoeg, Tony Legere and Remington added singles.

Against Pictou County, the Blues held a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before Pictou got their bats untracked and the teams traded leads three times over the final three innings, as the Albions pulled out a 7-6 win.

Jeff Hoeg went the distance to suffer the loss for Dooly's.

Mike Keddy doubled to pace the Blues while MacDonald, Hoeg, Marks, Blenkhorn, Legere and Shane Sexton added singles.

Prior to Saturday's second contest, former Maccan mcDonald's Royal Carl McIsaac was inducted into the NSIBL Hall of Fame.

McIsaac was perhaps the most respected player in the NSIBL. An extremely talented hitter and pitcher,

McIsaac was an all star performer for the Royals, a team that boasted one of the most talented and fearsome lineups in the NSIBL. Always with a smile on his face after the games - and even during the games.

McIssac always finished at the top of the NSIBL in hitting, runs batted in and innings logged on the hill.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League, Pictou County Albions, Halifax Carl McIsaac

Geographic location: HANTSPORT, Pictou County, Maccan

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