Hurlers all pitch in as Caps take 3-0 series lead

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St. John’s sweeps opening games at St. Pat’s, needs just one win next weekend in Corner Brook to claim a 13th straight title

St. John’s Capitals’ first-baseman Andrew Symonds applies a tag to Corner Brook Barons’ baserunner A.J. Whiffen as he dives back to first on a pick-off attempt by Caps’ pitcher Bob Kent during Game 1 of their best-of-seven provincial senior A baseball final at St. Pat’s Ball Park on Saturday. Whiffen was safe on the play. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

St. John’s Capitals player-coach Mark Healy praised his pitching staff for its role in gaining a 3-0 stranglehold advantage in the 2012 Molson provincial senior baseball final against Corner Brook Barons.

The Winmar Capitals, attempting to win a 13th straight All-Newfoundland crown, defeated the Barons 6-2 Sunday after picking up 7-1 and 3-1 victories Saturday at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

The remaining games in the best-of-seven series are scheduled for next weekend at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook.

Game 4 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. If Game 5 is necessary it will be played 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Other games, if necessary, will be played 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Our pitchers only gave up four runs in three games and you can’t do much better than that,” said Healy.

Healy said the Caps outpitched the Barons, played better defence and “got some real good two-out hitting for key runs. It was all pretty basic baseball.”

“It’s going to be tough for them to come back, but they are at home for the rest of the series and you know they won’t give up,” noted Healy.

“I’m not expecting a cakewalk. They haven’t played in the final for five years, so I’m expecting a pretty intense environment at Jubilee Field.”

While his team played superbly in the first three games at St. Pat’s, Healy said there’s room for improvement.

“The scores weren’t really reflective of the games. They were closer than that,” Healy said.

“I don’t think we can pitch any better, but we can do a better job hitting. We let them (Barons) off the hook a couple of times when we could have put the games away sooner. Still, you have to give some of the credit to their pitching as well,” he said.

Sean Janes tossed a three-hitter to pick up the win in Game 3 Sunday.

He fanned three and walked four batters.

Dave Oxford (4IP, 4R, 7H, 2W, 3K) took the loss. Colin Wood (2IP, 2R, 3H, 1W, 2K) pitched in relief.

Bernie Madden had two hits and plated two runs for the winners who scored once in the first inning, twice in the third and three times in the fifth. Brent Power and Gerry Stone, who drove in two runs with a two-out single in the third, each had two hits..

Player-coach Darren Colbourne had two hits for Corner Brook

Capitals 7, Barons 1 (Game 1, Saturday)

Veteran Bob Kent (1R, 6H, 5W, 8K) went the distance to pick up the win in the series opener.

Stone and Corey Ewart each had to hits for the Capitals, who broke the game open by scoring four runs in the third inning.

Myles Vincent (5IP, 6R,7H, 2W, 4K) took the loss.

Adam Warren (1IP, 1R, 1H) finished up for Corner Brook

Grant Kenny had two hits for the Barons.

Capitals 3, Barons 1 (Game 2, Saturday)

The Caps took a two-game lead Saturday evening with Mike Janes (7IP, 6H, 6W, 6K) pitching the win over Jason Kearley (6IP, 3R, 6H, 5K).

For St. John’s, Power had an RBI double and Peter Madden an RBI single. Mike Brake and Mike O’Neill each had two hits for the Barons.

St. John’s scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings, while Corner Brook got its run in the third

.jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Capitals, Molson

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Oxford

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  • dwade
    August 06, 2012 - 12:58

    What a laugher..... The Caps are gonna win it for the 10 years at least or more. Colbourne you were bragging about Tavenor in the paper Saturday and he never even pitched. Unless he was hurt whats your excuse for that. You were salivating in the paper like he was the next sure thing. And Healy was basically calling your league a rec league in the article Saturday and nobody did nothing about it like being a little motivated to win. The Caps are your "daddy" and always will be and I will give you 2 reasons why. Your infield should have come in the St Pats Mercy Home Bus not the Blue Baron!!!!! First baseman ismid forties, second baseman is about the same, and your shortstop is incredibly at least mid forties, maybe even 50 or more. And your best relief yesrterday is at least 40 by the looks of him. Your kidding right. You expect to beat the Caps with over the hill ball players that were no doubt great in their day but time passes us all by and its time to let the kids play. And your pickups for this thing is even more mysterious. 2 of the 4 guys you picked up are good enough but the other 2 was a mystery to alot of people. I wont mention names dont need to. Your saying Corner Brook have alot of up and comers, if so let them take their smacks and get better cause St. John's is not the powerhouse it used to be either and our talent pool is dwindling. people talk about helping baseball but guys in their forties and fifties, yes their are guys in their fifties playing baseball, should give it up and let the younger guys play and get better cause thats promoting baseball and developing young players that are the future. I play ball and at 22 I dont want to see guys playing in their late forties and fifties when they should be coaching or helping out. if thats good for baseball then this sport in this province is going nowhere.

    • too funny
      August 06, 2012 - 14:37

      "I play ball and at 22 I dont want to see guys playing in their late forties and fifties". Sounds like some jealous 22 y.o. isn't as good as those old farts.

  • Dan
    August 06, 2012 - 12:42

    Baseball NL needs to try to find ways to get more players playing baseball throughout our province. We need more recreation leagues, baseball festivals/jamborees, and local league/house league tournaments. Too much emphasis on the big event......when there isn't one.