Bearcats fall to Canadians in senior baseball action

Ryan Cooke
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TRURO – The Truro Bearcats hit a speed bump early in their senior league season on Sunday, as they lost in their second game of the season 6-3 to the Halifax Pelham Canadians.

 

John Chapman, co-coach and player, got the start on the mound for the Bearcats, going up against Canadians’ starter Craig Fields on a chilly afternoon.

Despite a solid outing by Chapman, the Bearcats came up short, picking up their first loss of the season.

“Fields pitched really well for them, and we didn’t have the timely hits they did,” said co-coach Scott Baillie. “Sometimes you lose games like that, especially when you don’t get the hits you need.”

Both pitchers were solid early on, leading to three scoreless innings. Halifax would break it open with a run in the fourth inning, however, before opening the gates in the fifth. After the Canadians loaded the bases, Jarrett Timmons belted a bases-clearing double to put his team up 4-0.

Fields threw seven strong innings of one-run ball, before giving way to David Keeping in the eighth inning. Despite some control issues, Keeping paved the way scorelessly into the ninth, where Joey Cavadini took the reins. The Cats managed to get runners on first and second early in the inning, but could only cash one in.

“Johnny gave us a great start, but we stranded too many guys to get a win,” Baillie said.

Aside from pitching, another positive the Bearcats take away from the loss is the performance of rookie infielder Matt Mingo.

“It’s good to see Matt get his first senior hit today,” Baillie said. “He’s a real good young ball player and we’ll be seeing more of that from him.”

The Bearcats will be back in action Tuesday in Halifax, as they take on the Canadians for the second straight game. If the Cats keep the streak of solid pitching going, Baillie is confident his team will have success in the rematch.

“We’ll regroup, and if we put the same effort in again, it should be a good ball game.”

After Tuesday’s game, the Bearcats will have a busy schedule, with three games over two days in Sydney next weekend, and a game against the Kentville Wildcats the following Tuesday.

In other Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League action on Sunday, the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry blanked the Sydney Sooners 6-0 to complete a weekend sweep.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League

Geographic location: Halifax, Sydney

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