Caps’ dynasty reaches a dozen years

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The St. John's Winmar Capitals won their 12th consecutive provincial A senior baseball title in a four-game sweep over Grand Falls-Windsor Beothucks, but Caps coach Mark Healy says it was anything but a cakewalk.

The Caps beat the host Grand Falls-Windsor Beothucks 4-2 Saturday night to take the best-of-seven final 4-0 after a 4-3 afternoon win

Justin Crawley went the distance on the mound for St. John’s in the deciding contest, getting the victory over Jamie Jenkins.

Healy summed up the Caps’ performance saying they got great pitching, defence, timely hitting and team depth, adding the combination was just too much for the Beothucks, although the Grand Falls team certainly didn’t fold.

St. John’s may have swept the series, but none of its wins came by more than two runs. The Capitals won the first two games of the series at St. Pat’s Ball Park in St. John’s by 5-4 and 10-8 scores.

“They (Beothucks) played great,” said Healy. “It was a shot in the arm for Grand Falls-Windsor to have the provincial final out there because there wasn’t a whole lot going on their field at all.”

Healy said it’s good to see different centres involved in the final. The Caps’ previous wins in recent years have come against Mount Pearl, Pasadena and Corner Brook.

“This (Grand Falls-Windsor) is probably the toughest team we’ve faced in the past five years,” added Healey.

Brent Power, who led the Caps in hitting and RBIs and was runner-up to the Beothucks’ Dave Parsons as top batter, was selected the tournament’s most valuable player. 

The Caps’ Karl DeHart, who has been battling a sore arm all season, was named top pitcher in the championship series.

St. John’s scored three runs in the top of the first inning and once in the fifth, while Grand Falls-Windsor got both of  its runs in the bottom first.

St. John’s has lost only two games in winning the past five provincial finals.

The Capitals will represent the province at the nationals in Miramichi, N.B., Aug. 25-29.

St. John’s 4, Grand Falls-Windsor 3 (Game 3)

The Capitals scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for the win.

The Beothucks came up just short with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

DeHart (4H, 4W, 4K) threw six shutout innings. Stefan Lono (3R, 2H, 1W, 1K) threw the last inning.

Chad Gulliver delivered a two-run triple to pace the Caps.

Peter Fifield (6.1 IP, 4R, 6H, 3W, 7K) took the loss. Scott Goosney finished up. Fifield and Goosney, who both pitch in the St. John’s senior league, were two of the four pickups the Beothucks were permitted. Grant Kenny of Mount Pearl — who did not play in the games at Grand Falls —  and Corner Brook’s Darren Colbourne were the others.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Capitals

Geographic location: Grand Falls, St. John's, Mount Pearl Corner Brook Ball Park Pasadena Miramichi

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  • Mike Janes
    August 16, 2011 - 18:19

    Hey Edgar love to see the stats you are talking about. Also the team is well represented by all teams in the league. Why don't you let me know who you are so I can put in a good word with the coaches since I am their "GoldenBoy"

  • Wildthing
    August 16, 2011 - 13:10

    Hey Edgar Your next game against Goldenboy you know whats comin!!! Best be askin for a pinch hitter

    • edgar
      August 16, 2011 - 13:33

      Dito..Superstar..

  • Jeff from NL
    August 15, 2011 - 23:35

    Ricky Bobby..... Explain how Newfoundland rugby has a poor talent pool. Actually forget it. Just be sure to tune in to the World Cup of Rugby in a few weeks and you will see 2 Newfoundlanders (Ciaren Hearn and Frank Walsh) and 2 other players from The Rock that play with the world cup squad (Jebb Sinclair and Chauncey O'Toole). Not to mention the non-traveling reserves named to that team (Kevin Parfrey and Tyler Wish) . That doesn't define poor talent in my books. You're also forgetting the other players from The Rock that have caps for Canada, or would have if other commitments weren't priority, that decided not to play for Canada, i.e: Rod Snow, Peter Densmore, Mike Rudofsky, etc. Way to support local athletes everyone!!!! Class!!

    • Adam
      August 17, 2011 - 14:14

      Jeff..... Ricky Bobby doesn't say there is a poor talent pool, he says there is a small talent. He is actually praising the rugby program, which is well deserved based on it's sucess. Maybe you shouldn't be so defensive.

  • Silverboy
    August 15, 2011 - 21:26

    Looks like someone is spiteful for not being good enough for the caps! Good job the weekend guys , gl at the nationals!!

    • Edgar
      August 16, 2011 - 10:30

      Not being good enough has nothing to do with it. Stats don't lie..Especially in baseball..so get your facts straight, then comment..Silverboy..

  • Edgar
    August 15, 2011 - 10:51

    Great Pitching?? How is that ? The Coaches Golden Boy got lit up in game two..After being away for 10 years. The other golden boy got lit up in just an innings of work in releif. The pitching is now weaker than anytime they will go to the Nationals.. The true Allstars are again left off the team because of Color preferance..

  • Edgar
    August 15, 2011 - 10:48

    Great Pitching?? How is that ? The Coaches Golden Boy got lit up in game two..After being away for 10 years. The other golden boy got lit up in just an innings of work in releif. The pitching is now weaker than anytime they will go to the Nationals.. The true Allstars are again left off the team because of Color preferance..

  • Mike
    August 15, 2011 - 09:50

    Oh good - another team named Caps.

  • ricky bobby
    August 15, 2011 - 09:49

    Why not take a few pointers from rugby. They have a smaller talent pool yet consistently win medals.

  • Doug
    August 15, 2011 - 08:31

    Great... this means that the Caps will get to go to the Nationals and get kicked around for the 12th straight year. It's the same scenario that we see with both men's and women's soccer. They load up one team and run roughshod through the local leagues and then go get pasted at the national tournament Thanksgiving weekend. Here's a thought... why not diversify the local talent and enjoy the summer season since you're not going to do anything at the nationals anyway.

  • John
    August 15, 2011 - 07:25

    Explain to me how this helps baseball in our province, St. John's should be fielding 2 teams for the Provincials each year.