Gosse sets new St. John's senior softball record for career pitching wins

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Ward Goose wasn’t thinking about a personal record — he just wanted the victory. He got the win — a 3-2 decision over The Bigs —  and in doing so became the winningest pitcher in the history of the Molson St. John’s Senior Softball League Tuesday night at Lion’s Park.
It was the 178th victory for the 27-year veteran, breaking the record held by pitching legend Ross Crocker.

Gosse fanned nine batters in getting the win over Mike Noftall.

“He wanted the ball tonight against his old team, so he got it,” said Hitmen coach Mark Dwyer, who says leaving Gosse in to get a key out in the sixth inning  turned out to be the right move.

Dwyer said Gosse got in a little trouble early and gave up two first-inning runs.

“But typical Ward Gosse, he battled through it and we managed to get a couple of runs back to tie it up,” said Dwyer.

However, in the sixth, with runners on first and second base, Dwyer said Gosse was somewhat shaky and looked a bit tired.

“Earlier, I’d told Robbie Greene to warm up and that he’d probably be going in in the sixth inning if Ward got in trouble,” explained Dwyer, who went to the mound and told Gosse he was thinking about taking the ball from him.

“(But) you’ve got to pry the ball from him any time he pitches.

“Anyway, I asked him if he could get one more out and he said ’absolutely’ to just give him a chance.

“So I left him have his way and he struck out the next batter.”.

In the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Boland homered for the Hitmen. Greene pitched the seventh as NTV picked up the historic victory.

Ward wasn’t thinking of the record, according to Dwyer.

“It was just about getting the win.”

It was Ryan Boland’s father, Dave, who caught for Gosse for most of the pitcher’s career.

“Ryan caught the game for us tonight and drove in the winning run, so that was pretty nice, too,” said Dwyer.

3 Cheers Pub 9, Junior Canadians 3

Jason Hill hit two homers and drove in four runs to lead 3Cheers Pub Bud Light to a 9-3 win over the Kelly’s Pub Junior Canadians in Tuesday night's other game at Lions Park.

Lee Cose got the win with relief help from Colin Walsh.

Joel Whelan took the loss for the Junior Canadians, who are winless in senior league play this season.

Kyle Ezekiel and Colin Walsh each had two hits for the winners. Walsh and Ryan Kirk homered.

Riley Kenny had two hits for the Junior Canadians.

STANDINGS

Team    GP    W    L    Pts

Bulldogs    19    16    3    32

3Cheers Pub    20    13    7    26

NTV Hitmen    20    11    9    22

The Bigs    20    8    12    16

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: St. John's

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