Local entries come up short at baseball provincials

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - It was a rough weekend for the Maccan Royals and Amherst Dooly's Coors Light Silver Bullets at Baseball Nova Scotia intermediate championships.
Maccan went 1-3 at the five-team A event in Halifax, while Amherst was winless in three tries at the six-team AA tournament in Dartmouth.
The Royals began play with a 12-6 loss to Spryfield Pelham Electric after leading 4-2 in the sixth inning. Blaine Milner and Mike Brown singled in a losing cause.
Maccan then dropped a 6-2 decision to the Cole Harbour Cardinals. Losing pitcher Jeff Hoeg had a RBI-double to pace the Royals offence, and Matt Bartley and Nick Jackson singled.
Maccan got the bats going in its next game, a 20-10 slugfest win over the Woodside Cubs. Brian Hebert led the charge with a two-run homer and a double, and Neal MacDonald, Bartley and Hoeg added two hits apiece. Brad Murray picked up the complete-game victory on the mound.
The Royals' final round-robin result was a 7-3 loss to the Clark's Harbour Foggies. Clark's Harbour did all its scoring in the final two innings.
Jackson and Nick Collins contributed three hits apiece for Maccan, and Mike Brown homered and singled.
The Silver Bullets opened their tournament with a 7-5 setback to Clark's Harbour.
Matt Noiles drilled a three-run homer for Amherst, and Shane Sexton delivered a two-run single.
Cape Breton handed the Bullets an 11-1 defeat in six innings in their second game. Corey Blenkhorn singled twice for Amherst, and Mike Keddy chipped in with a single.
Tournament host Bedford Outlaws eliminated Amherst with a 9-5 victory in a crossover game. Sexton, Noiles and Glenn Marks paced the Bullets at the plate with a double and two singles apiece. Matt Keddy went the distance on the mound in defeat, scattering nine hits and striking out eight.
"It's extremely difficult to win a tournament such as this when you have such a short bench," said Amherst coach Barry Anderson, who had no more than 11 players in his lineup at any point in the tournament. "We had to bring some players out of retirement, and we owe a debt of gratitude to them.
"We certainly worked hard all weekend but we fell victim to the big inning in every game, and that had everyone pretty frustrated. It's been a trying year, but we have a good nucleus to build on for next season."
Bedford wound up winning the AA crown, defeating the Noel Road Blue Jays 5-1 in the final.


Organizations: Coors Light Silver Bullets, Clark's, Cole Harbour Cardinals Woodside Cubs The Silver

Geographic location: Maccan, Halifax, Dartmouth Cape Breton Noel Road

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