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Bearcats fight off Dry, live to play another day


TRURO – If there were any stop signs thrown up by third base coach Kevin Matheson on Friday night, Jeff Chisholm didn’t see them.

The Bearcats veteran outfielder scored two of Truro’s four runs with some daring base-running, leading them to a 4-2 victory over the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The win keeps the Bearcats alive in their Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League final, which now sits at 3-1.

The word of the night for the Bearcats was ‘aggressive,’ with Chisholm leading by example.

“The guys were hustling out there,” Matheson said. “Guys were getting good jumps and making things happen. They played a great, aggressive game.”

After the Dry posted a two-spot on the board with a two-run bomb by Anthony McKinley in the second inning, the Bearcats fell into some trouble again in the third. With two runners on and one out, pitcher John Chapman battled back with two strikeouts to get out of the inning.

In the bottom half, Chisholm came to the plate the start things off. After striking out swinging on a pitch in the dirt, he took off for first base and flipped his bat backwards, striking Dry catcher Justin Stephens. With Chisholm halfway to first base, Stephens looked to the umpire for an interference call rather than throw to first.

He’d pay for it.

Chisholm promptly stole second base. A few pitches later, he sprung for third as Ryan Bates came up swinging. The Dry second baseman, springing left to pick up the ball, slipped and failed to get a throw off to first base. Reading the play, Chisholm launched for home and slid in under the tag.

Bates would take second base and later score, tying the game at 2-2.

Another pivotal moment came in the sixth, when McKinley launched another deep drive to centrefield with two men on base. On the run, Chisholm made the catch against the fence and came up throwing to third base, getting the runner and ending the inning.

Guess who started the next inning? That’s right, Jeff Chisholm.

After a leadoff single, pitcher Cameron Marling caught him in between bases with a pickoff. In the rundown, the ball went past first baseman Greg West. Chisholm rounded second and headed for third, where the ball squirted past Dan Comeau despite being several steps ahead of the runner.

Comeau would commit an error later in the inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

An error by Marling off a Mike Tobin bunt in the eighth would put Matt Mingo on third base, from where he later scored to make it 4-2.

Chapman held on for a complete game, getting help from a pair of spectacular defensive plays by Tobin in the ninth.

“The guys know we have nothing to lose now,” Chapman said. “It’s all on the line. We’re just trying to battle and go one game at a time and try bring this series deep.”

He credited the defence for holding the team in it.

“Chisholm made a few unbelievable plays in centre and Tobin played just a sick game at shortstop tonight. Without those guys, we probably lose that game.”

The two teams will be back in action again on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Dartmouth, with the Bearcats looking to bring the series back to Truro for a Game 6. If the game is rained out, the make-up date is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Bearcats veteran outfielder scored two of Truro’s four runs with some daring base-running, leading them to a 4-2 victory over the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The win keeps the Bearcats alive in their Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League final, which now sits at 3-1.

The word of the night for the Bearcats was ‘aggressive,’ with Chisholm leading by example.

“The guys were hustling out there,” Matheson said. “Guys were getting good jumps and making things happen. They played a great, aggressive game.”

After the Dry posted a two-spot on the board with a two-run bomb by Anthony McKinley in the second inning, the Bearcats fell into some trouble again in the third. With two runners on and one out, pitcher John Chapman battled back with two strikeouts to get out of the inning.

In the bottom half, Chisholm came to the plate the start things off. After striking out swinging on a pitch in the dirt, he took off for first base and flipped his bat backwards, striking Dry catcher Justin Stephens. With Chisholm halfway to first base, Stephens looked to the umpire for an interference call rather than throw to first.

He’d pay for it.

Chisholm promptly stole second base. A few pitches later, he sprung for third as Ryan Bates came up swinging. The Dry second baseman, springing left to pick up the ball, slipped and failed to get a throw off to first base. Reading the play, Chisholm launched for home and slid in under the tag.

Bates would take second base and later score, tying the game at 2-2.

Another pivotal moment came in the sixth, when McKinley launched another deep drive to centrefield with two men on base. On the run, Chisholm made the catch against the fence and came up throwing to third base, getting the runner and ending the inning.

Guess who started the next inning? That’s right, Jeff Chisholm.

After a leadoff single, pitcher Cameron Marling caught him in between bases with a pickoff. In the rundown, the ball went past first baseman Greg West. Chisholm rounded second and headed for third, where the ball squirted past Dan Comeau despite being several steps ahead of the runner.

Comeau would commit an error later in the inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

An error by Marling off a Mike Tobin bunt in the eighth would put Matt Mingo on third base, from where he later scored to make it 4-2.

Chapman held on for a complete game, getting help from a pair of spectacular defensive plays by Tobin in the ninth.

“The guys know we have nothing to lose now,” Chapman said. “It’s all on the line. We’re just trying to battle and go one game at a time and try bring this series deep.”

He credited the defence for holding the team in it.

“Chisholm made a few unbelievable plays in centre and Tobin played just a sick game at shortstop tonight. Without those guys, we probably lose that game.”

The two teams will be back in action again on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Dartmouth, with the Bearcats looking to bring the series back to Truro for a Game 6. If the game is rained out, the make-up date is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

 

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