TRURO – The Truro Bearcats are officially hot, after picking up their fifth win in a row on Monday night with a heated 4-1 win over the Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians.
The Cats came into the game on a streak dating back to June, and kept the ball rolling early on, however it was the late game antics that have people talking.
After the Canadians took an early 1-0 lead, the Cats matched them in the bottom half, before taking the lead in the second inning on a Matt Mingo RBI.
Pitching and defense would take over from there, with co-coach John Chapman on the mound. The two teams played stalemate ball for the next five innings, with zeros across the board.
The Cats would add some insurance in the bottom of the eighth, picking up two more runs before things got heated.
As Bearcat Dan Bates came across the plate, he collided with Canadians catcher Shawn Walsh. Bates had been struck in the face by a pitch earlier in the game and received stitches while the pitcher was ejected. Benches soon cleared, but no punches were thrown.
The game was called after the incident, giving the Cats their fifth straight and their third win in a row over the Canadians.
Chapman picked up his third win of the season on the hill for the Bearcats, while Craig Field took the loss for the Canadians.
The Cats will be in action again on Wednesday, as they visit the Kentville Wildcats for a 7:30 p.m. start time. They’ll then head to Dartmouth to take on the Moosehead Dry at Beazley Field on Thursday.
The Bearcats and Canadians will rekindle the flames again on Sunday afternoon, as the two teams go at it at Mainland Common in Halifax, starting at 1 p.m.
The Cats sit one game back of the Canadians for second place, and four-and-a-half back of Dartmouth for the league lead, despite having four and three games in hand, respectively.