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Dan Bates looks back a Dartmouth runner before delivering a pitch to the plate in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 11-7 win over the Moosehead Dry.
TRURO – The Truro Bearcats staved off a late-game comeback to pick up a win over the league-leading Dartmouth Moosehead Dry on Tuesday night.
The win puts the Bearcats two and a half games up on the Sydney Sooners for third place in the league, while Sydney holds a whopping five games in hand to close out the season.
John Chapman led the Bearcats at the dish, posting a pair of singles and three runs batted in. Guy Pellerine tripled, singled and drove in two, while Mike Tobin doubled, singled and had one RBI.
The Bearcats got things underway early, picking up a 2-1 lead after the first inning. Five runs for the Cats in the sixth would blow things open, with the home team leading 10-2.
Dartmouth would chip away at the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh on a Matt Harding two-run shot. The Dry would add another three runs in the eighth after Dan Bates took over mound duties from Josh Fushtey. Bates would rebound to get out of the inning and stop the bleeding before Chapman finished the game in the ninth.
The Bearcats will now wait until after the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships next week to close out the season with a rematch against the Dry in Dartmouth on Aug. 28.