Scott Goosney threw a complete-game shutout and Charlie Kelly drove in the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as defending champion Trapper John's Shamrocks downed the Roebothan McKay and Marshall Gonzaga Vikings 1-0 Saturday in the opening game of the 2014 Molson St. John's senior baseball season started.
The game, played at Smallwood Field in the Gushue Complex in Mount Pearl, featured a rematch of last year's best-of-seven championship series, won by the Shamrocks 4-2. The league is playing all its scheduled game in Mount Pearl for the next number of weeks while renovations are made to St. Pat's Ball Park in St. John's.
A two-out single by Kelly drove in Jay Warford, who had walked and was sacrificed to second by Dave Penney.
Goosney scattered five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out four in getting the win over 2014 intermediate pitcher of the year Dan Connors (4H, 3W, 3K).
Ryan Hodder of the Vikings led all batters with two hits.
Prior to the game, the Vikings remembered Gonzaga's Jason English, who died suddenly earlier this year at the age of 37, by including his name in their starting lineup card as the cleanup hitter.
As well, Jason English's parents, Rosie and Ed English, threw out the first pitch to officially open the senior season.
Meanwhile, the 2014 St. John's Molson intermediate baseball season also began, with Gonzaga defeating the Shamrocks 7-3.
Sunday's scheduled games - an intermediate matchup between the Knights and Feildians Ellsworth group and a senior contest between the H.J. Bartlett Electric Storm and Holy Cross Trinity Pub Crusaders - were cancelled because of wet field conditions.
Next action is 7 p.m. today at the Smallwood Field as Feildians take on the Metro Property Management Knights in senior play.