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Bearcats, Sooners split season-opening double-header


TRURO - The Truro Bearcats opened their 2016 Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League season in fine fashion with a narrow 5-4 victory over Sydney Sooners in the first of a three-game series at the TAAC Grounds Saturday.

The Sooners’ bats came to life after that, however, as the visitors took decisions of 13-7 in 10 innings in the second half of Saturday’s double-header, and wrapped things up with a 12-9 win Sunday.

 

Sooners 4

Bearcats 5

John Chapman started on the mound Saturday for Truro and earned the win, giving up three runs through six innings. Dan Bates picked up the save after Matt Mingo provided relief in the late going.

Justin Brewer took the loss for Sydney, giving up all five runs, including three in the fifth that broke open a tight 1-1 deadlock.

Darson Murphy and Guy Pellerine led the Bearcats’ offence with three singles each; Pellerine also drove in two runs. Dan Bates chipped with a double and a single and also drove in a run. Chapman and Mingo added a double each.

Truro out-hit Sydney 11-7.

 

Sooners 13

Bearcats 7

Truro’s pitching couldn’t hold the Sooners at bay in a game that started out similarly to the opener.

The Bearcats connected for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead but Sydney scored late to tie it and send the teams to an extra inning. The Sooners made the most of it scoring seven times in the 10th and securing a 13-7 victory.

Johnny MacLeod earned the win in relief of starter Reilly O’Rourke.

Truro reliever Justin Morton was saddled with the loss.

Jordan Shepherd led the Sooners at the plate with a double, two singles and a pair of RBI; Brewer singled to knock in a pair.

Dan Bates swatted a bases-loaded triple to pace the Bearcats’ attack while Chapman had a pair of singles and Pellerine had two singles and an RBI; Ryan Bates doubled for two RBI and Chapman stroked two singles.

Sydney out-hit Truro 13-9.

 

Sooners 12

Bearcats 9

The Sooners got to Truro late again Sunday, scoring four times in their half of the ninth to snap an 8-8 tie, en route to their 12-9 win. The Bearcats didn’t help their cause, committing five errors in the game.

Logan Aker came on in relief of starter Anthony Ianetti to earn the win, while Chapman took the loss on the hill for Truro after Pellerine started the game.

Chris Farrow led the visitors with two doubles, two singles and three RBI, while Shepherd slammed a home run and added two singles for four RBI.

Jeff Chisholm helped the Truro cause with two doubles, a single and three RBI; Ryan Bates had two singles and two RBI and Dan Bates had a double and single.

Sydney had 18 hits to Truro’s 12.

In other senior action on the weekend, Kentville Wildcats doubled defending league champion Dartmouth Moosehead Dry 4-2.

 

Upcoming Games

Thursday the Bearcats travel to Dartmouth for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Moosehead Dry.

They return to the TAAC Grounds Sunday afternoon when they host Kentville for a double-header. Games are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Sooners’ bats came to life after that, however, as the visitors took decisions of 13-7 in 10 innings in the second half of Saturday’s double-header, and wrapped things up with a 12-9 win Sunday.

 

Sooners 4

Bearcats 5

John Chapman started on the mound Saturday for Truro and earned the win, giving up three runs through six innings. Dan Bates picked up the save after Matt Mingo provided relief in the late going.

Justin Brewer took the loss for Sydney, giving up all five runs, including three in the fifth that broke open a tight 1-1 deadlock.

Darson Murphy and Guy Pellerine led the Bearcats’ offence with three singles each; Pellerine also drove in two runs. Dan Bates chipped with a double and a single and also drove in a run. Chapman and Mingo added a double each.

Truro out-hit Sydney 11-7.

 

Sooners 13

Bearcats 7

Truro’s pitching couldn’t hold the Sooners at bay in a game that started out similarly to the opener.

The Bearcats connected for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead but Sydney scored late to tie it and send the teams to an extra inning. The Sooners made the most of it scoring seven times in the 10th and securing a 13-7 victory.

Johnny MacLeod earned the win in relief of starter Reilly O’Rourke.

Truro reliever Justin Morton was saddled with the loss.

Jordan Shepherd led the Sooners at the plate with a double, two singles and a pair of RBI; Brewer singled to knock in a pair.

Dan Bates swatted a bases-loaded triple to pace the Bearcats’ attack while Chapman had a pair of singles and Pellerine had two singles and an RBI; Ryan Bates doubled for two RBI and Chapman stroked two singles.

Sydney out-hit Truro 13-9.

 

Sooners 12

Bearcats 9

The Sooners got to Truro late again Sunday, scoring four times in their half of the ninth to snap an 8-8 tie, en route to their 12-9 win. The Bearcats didn’t help their cause, committing five errors in the game.

Logan Aker came on in relief of starter Anthony Ianetti to earn the win, while Chapman took the loss on the hill for Truro after Pellerine started the game.

Chris Farrow led the visitors with two doubles, two singles and three RBI, while Shepherd slammed a home run and added two singles for four RBI.

Jeff Chisholm helped the Truro cause with two doubles, a single and three RBI; Ryan Bates had two singles and two RBI and Dan Bates had a double and single.

Sydney had 18 hits to Truro’s 12.

In other senior action on the weekend, Kentville Wildcats doubled defending league champion Dartmouth Moosehead Dry 4-2.

 

Upcoming Games

Thursday the Bearcats travel to Dartmouth for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Moosehead Dry.

They return to the TAAC Grounds Sunday afternoon when they host Kentville for a double-header. Games are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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