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Truro Bearcats down Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians in wild affair

Eric McDade did a pretty good job tossing out the first pitch Friday night at the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League game between the Truro Bearcats and Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians. It was a “bucket list” item, of sorts, for the 87-year-old resident of Parkland Retirement Living. Accompanying him to the mound was the Bearcats’ Darson Murphy.
Eric McDade did a pretty good job tossing out the first pitch Friday night at the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League game between the Truro Bearcats and Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians. It was a “bucket list” item, of sorts, for the 87-year-old resident of Parkland Retirement Living. Accompanying him to the mound was the Bearcats’ Darson Murphy.

TRURO – It was a wild one at the TAAC Grounds Friday night as the Truro Bearcats outlasted the Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians to take a 10-7 decision.

The win left the Bearcats (6-17) a full game up on the Kentville Bearcats (5-18) and holding down fourth place, the final playoff berth in the five-team Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League.
The Wildcats dropped a close 2-1 decision to Dartmouth Thursday and were slated to entertain the Dry Sunday.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 6-0 first-inning lead Friday, aided in large part by several bases-loaded walks and a few hit batsmen. In fact, the Bearcats had just one hit, but went through their entire batting order.
Brett McGinnis faced only seven batters before he got the hook without registering an out.
Catcher Matt Mingo upped the count to 8-0 in the third when he dinged one off the left field foul pole for a two-run homer.
Starter Jason Smith was solid on the mound for Truro but Halifax touched him up for two runs in the top of the fifth, making it 8-2.
The Bearcats got those back in their half of the frame, with the help of an Adam Gardner error, the only miscue of the game.
Halifax made it interesting, scoring one in the eighth and four in the ninth.
Relief pitcher John Chapman struck out Gardner and got Pat Gilbert to hit a grounder to third baseman Shaun Mullins, who slapped the tag on Connor Sullivan. The initial call was safe but the three-man umpiring crew conferred and reversed the call, meaning Sullivan was out and the game was over with the Bearcats up 10-7.
Smith earned the win with Chapman picking up the save. McGinnis took the loss.
Mingo had a single to go with his round-tripper and two RBI.
Darson Murphy had a double and a single, Adam Lombard had a pair of singles and Mullins and Justin Morton each had run-scoring sacrifice flies.
Connor Sullivan had three doubles and drove in two runs for the Canadians.
Heading into Sunday’s action, the league-leading Sooners (16-4) were three games up on the Canadians and Dartmouth (both 14-8). Sydney and Halifax had a double-header scheduled for Sunday in Halifax.
Truro hosts Halifax again Tuesday night with the opening pitch at 7:30 p.m. at the TAAC Grounds.
The Bearcats head to Sydney this weekend for a pair of games with the Sooners, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Bearcats’ shortstop Jeff Chisholm lays off a pitch during Friday’s game with Halifax. Walks and hit batsmen helped put the Bearcats out to a 6-0 first inning lead, en route to a 10-7 win.
Starter Jason Smith earned the win in Truro’s 10-7 victory over Halifax Friday night at the TAAC Grounds.
Ryan Bates trots home for one of half a dozen runs the Bearcats would score in the first inning Friday night.

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