Bearcats down Wildcats in senior baseball season opener

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TRURO – The Truro Bearcats were diggin’ the long ball on Tuesday in their Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League season opener.

The Bearcats clubbed three homers to account for six runs in an 8-1 victory over the Kentville Wildcats on a chilly night at the TAAC Grounds.

“In the past we lived by the long ball and tonight was the same thing – it was back to the early Bearcats,” said co-coach Scott Baillie. “I think we had six hits in one inning, and I don’t know if we had that in the last two or three years in one inning, so it was just a great start.”

The Bearcats pounded out 14 hits in the contest and delivered the big blow with a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a Jeff Chisholm three-run homer.

Guy Pellerine added a two-run blast and DH Daniel Bates drilled a solo shot in front of a small crowd at the old Truro ballpark.

Josh Fushtey, who established a new league record for innings pitched last season, scattered nine hits and struck out four in a complete-game victory.

“A very economical start for sure,” Baillie said of the young right-hander. “We did a pitch count on him and he was at 91 pitches at the end of the ball game.”

Corey Kent was the losing pitcher.

The Bearcats entered the new season after a disappointing 2013 campaign in which they finished with a record of 9-23 and failed to make the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

And while one game doesn’t make a season, Baillie said it’s nice to start on a winning note.

“It sounds cliché, but it is one game at a time, and Kentville is a team that we feel we have to battle this year for a playoff spot, and that’s ultimately our goal, is to make the playoffs.”

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