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Truro Bearcats face uphill struggle, going down 2-0 in series

Chris Farrow of the Sydney Sooners manages to get back to the bag just before Truro Bearcat Dan Bates can put the tag on him during a pick-off attempt in Saturday’s NSSBL playoff game in Truro. The Sooners thumped the Bearcats 13-2 to go up 2-0 in the best-of five semifinal series.
Chris Farrow of the Sydney Sooners manages to get back to the bag just before Truro Bearcat Dan Bates can put the tag on him during a pick-off attempt in Saturday’s NSSBL playoff game in Truro. The Sooners thumped the Bearcats 13-2 to go up 2-0 in the best-of five semifinal series.

TRURO – The Truro Bearcats will need the week to regroup before they head to Sydney next weekend to complete their Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League semifinal series.

John Chapman rounds third, steaming for home.

The Sooners have taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series, knocking off the Bearcats 13-2 Saturday afternoon at the TAAC Grounds. Friday, the visitors took an 8-5 decision.

In Saturday’s contest some of the bad blood between the teams came out, resulting in the Bearcats’ shortstop Jeff Chisholm and Sooners’ right fielder Mike Tobin being tossed from the game after they had words.

At one point the Bearcats indicated they were playing the remainder of the game under protest, though there are few details regarding what grounds their protest is based on.

Game 3 in the series goes Friday night in Sydney, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, should those games be required to complete the series.

The other semifinal between the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry and Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians gets underway Sunday night in Dartmouth, with the remaining games of that series yet to be determined.

John Chapman of the Truro Bearcats barrels into Sydney’s Jordan Sampson as the catcher attempts to block the plate during Saturday’s NSSBL playoff action in Truro. Chapman scored here but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Sooners went on to a 13-2 win, putting them ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five semifinal.
Jeff Chisholm dropped by first base to exchange “pleasantries” with former Bearcat Mike Tobin. Tempers flared at times in the contest, and both Chisholm and Tobin ended up being tossed from the game.
John Chapman is greeted by teammates after belting a solo homer over the left-centre field fence in NSSBL action Saturday in Truro.
Matt Mingo came in to pitch for Truro in the late going.
John Chapman of the Truro Bearcats has words with the umpire during Saturday’s game.
Truro Bearcats take a brather during a pitching change Saturday.
Mike Tobin shows his frustration with being ejected from Saturday’s game, along with the Bearcats’ Jeff Chisholm.

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