When you attempt to break a losing streak before a large hometown audience, it’s best not to take on the league's first place team.
The Windsor Knights, who are hitting a league worst .277 as a club while giving up the most stolen bases in the league at 31, fell to the Hantsport Shamrocks 7-6 and 8-1 July 15.
In Sunday afternoon's opener, Windsor, who has now fallen to 3-16 on the season, staked themselves to a 6-2 lead after five innings but couldn’t hold on as the Shamrocks scored four times in the top half of the sixth to knot the score at six runs apiece before adding an insurance run in the top of the seventh for their 7-6 win.
Hantsport’s Matt Lloy, now 4-0 on the season with a sparkling 1.50 ERA, pitched the win in going the distance, walking five, striking out three while allowing the Knights six earned runs and giving up nine hits. Jeff Bishop and Mike King were both two for three for the winners, with a pair of RBIs each, while Joey Gaudet went two for three, scoring a pair of runs.
The Shamrocks, who are only three notches above Windsor with a team batting average at .306, destroyed the Knights 8-1 in the second game of the doubleheader. They took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth before Windsor scored their only run. Hantsport finished it with a single run in the sixth and seventh innings while collecting 12 hits, giving the team a total of 147 in 18 games for a winning record of 15-3.
Gaudet won his fifth game of the season in pitching the win for Hantsport — keeping his record perfect at 5-0 with 36 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA. Gaudet struck-out eight Windsor batters while walking no one and allowing only four hits.
The Shamrocks continue to fight it out with the Pictou County Albions from Stellarton for first place. The Albions are only a game behind the Shamrocks with a 15-5 record.
Windsor is idle this coming weekend while the Shamrocks go to Yarmouth for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader against the 3-13 Gateways.
The top four teams make it to the league playoffs and the Knights still have a crack at the fourth and final playoff berth because Bridgewater is 4-13.
Blue Jays now stand at 11-6
The Noel Road Blue Jays were idle this past weekend and will not play again until July 29 in Yarmouth.
The Blue Jays’ two most recent victories were respective 4-2 wins over the Bridgewater Bulldogs July 8. Noel Road scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the fifth after falling behind 1-0.
Justin Campbell pitched the win for the Jays who actually managed only two hits the entire game.
Kenny Miller produced the Jays only two hits while driving in a pair of runners. Bridgewater's runs came on solo home runs.
In the second game, the Jays fell behind 1-0 again but tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the third before falling behind 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Noel Road then scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. The Jays managed only four hits this game but one of them came off the bat of Mike White who connected for a solo home run. Damon Blois pitched the win, allowing six hits while striking out six.
On July 11, the Jays were sluggish against the Halifax County Jr. AAA team and lost 6-1. Blois took the loss in this game, pitching only four innings in allowing 10 hits. Elliot Dickson-Green pitched the final two innings. Darrell McAllen continued his torrid hitting for Noel Road going two for four, giving him 25 hits in 57 trips to the plate this season for a .439 average.