National senior softball: Perfect 3Cheers nails down first-place finish

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Brad Ezekiel drove in five runs and Jason Hill pitched a six-hit shutout as 3Cheers Pub/Bud Light of Newfoundland continued to roll through the Canadian senior men’s softball championship Friday in Stratford, Ont., beating the East Hants, N.S., Mastodons 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings by virtue of the mercy rule .

Defending champion 3Cheers then finished off its round-robin schedule with a 14-2 win over the Charlottetown, P.E.I. Fawcetts, giving the team a perfect 8-0 record and first place. 3Cheers had entered Friday already assured of a double life in the playoffs, which begin today.

Ezekiel and Hill each had home runs against East Hants. Winning pitcher Colin Walsh and Stephen Mullaley both homered and had three RBIs against Charlottetown.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland’s other representative in the tournament, Don Cherry’s St. John’s, saw its record fall to 3-4 with a 6-4 loss to the Scarborough, Ont., Force.

That afternoon result left Don Cherry’s looking to solidify playoff positioning in an evening game against the Mastodons. The result of that game was not available before The Telegram’s Friday deadline.

Kyle Ezekiel had three hits for Don Cherry’s against Scarborough, with starting pitcher Robbie Greene taking the loss, giving up four runs in three innings. However, only one of those runs was earned.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, East Hants, Stratford Scarborough Charlottetown

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