Busy Sunday ends with Caps up 2-1

Darcy MacRae
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Three decisions in one day after Saturday rain messes up start to series with Barons

The St. John's Capitals lead the Molson provincial senior baseball finals two games to one after the opening weekend of play in the best-of-seven series.

With the series moving to Corner Brook next weekend for as many as four games, Caps' coach Sean Gulliver is happy his team is ahead in the series.

Darren Colbourne (left) of the Corner Brook Barons is safe at first base as the throw from St. Johns Capitals pitcher Sean Janes (background) to first baseman Andrew Symonds (33) forces Symonds to leap off the bag during Game 2 of the Molson provincial se

The St. John's Capitals lead the Molson provincial senior baseball finals two games to one after the opening weekend of play in the best-of-seven series.

With the series moving to Corner Brook next weekend for as many as four games, Caps' coach Sean Gulliver is happy his team is ahead in the series.

"I think it was a successful weekend. We wanted to go into Corner Brook with a lead for sure," said Gulliver, whose team has won six straight provincial titles, all after championship series with the Barons.

Game 1 of the 2007 matchup began Saturday afternoon at St. Pat's Ball Park, but a steady downpour forced the contest to be suspended in the fifth inning. It resumed Sunday morning, with St. John's coming away with a 2-1 victory, as reliever Jon Rose took the win with two and 2/3 scoreless innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out four. Corner Brook's Darren Roche (6IP, 2ER, 2H, 2W, 3K).

Rose and Andrew Symonds led the Caps offensively with two hits each.

Mike Brake carried St. John's to victory in a wind-affected Game 2, driving in four runs in a 6-4 win.

One of Brake's two hits was a three-run home run, while Perry Alexander and Jeff Gillam each had two-run homers for the Barons.

Again, it was a reliever who got the win for the Caps, with Sean Janes (3IP, 2ER, 2H, 2W, 2K) getting the decision over Roche (4.1IP, 6ER, 8H, 1W, 4K).

The Barons clawed their way back into the series with 7-5 win late Sunday evening, roughing up Capitals' starting pitcher Karl Dehart along the way.

"Karl normally throws very well for us, he just didn't have his best stuff tonight. He didn't have good command and wasn't getting ahead in the count," said Gulliver. "But I'm confident he'll bounce back and give us a chance to win next weekend."

Dehart (8H, 6W, 2K) allowed all seven runs in three innings of work. And for a third straight game, a relief pitcher picked up the win. This time, it was the Barons' Brian Bennett (2IP, 3R, 2ER, 3H, 3W, 0K), who got some help in turn from Darryl MacMullin, who tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three and walking one for the save.

Corner Brook's MacMullin, Roche and Rob Park picked up two hits each.

Brake drove in two more runs for St. John's to finish the three-game set with six RBIs. But it was far from enough to make up for an overall mediocre effort by the Caps Sunday night.

"We just didn't execute (in Game 3) like we normally do," Gulliver said.

The Caps were without starting pitcher Mario Tee this weekend and Gulliver admits it's unlikely Tee will take to the mound next weekend due to a sore right shoulder.

"You never say never, but it's doubtful he'll pitch," said Gulliver.

The series resumes Saturday at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook. Game 4 goes at 2 p.m., with Game 5 starting at 7 p.m. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 would be Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

dmacrae@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Molson

Geographic location: Corner Brook, St. John's, Ball Park Rob Park

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