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Darcy MacRae
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Host team wastes little time putting runs on the board in win over Saskatchewan

Roebothan McKay and Marshall charged out of the gate Monday night, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Poly Plus Senior Diamondbacks of Saskatchewan at the Labatt 2007 Senior men's Canadian Fastpitch Championship in St. John's.

It was the fourth straight game the host team came out swinging and registered multiple first-inning runs. Roebothan McKay and Marshall scored twice in the opening frame of Tuesday morning's win over Ontario Two, sent six runners across the plate in Monday evening's game against Aspen Interiors of Saskatchewan and scored five times in the first inning in a win over Alberta Monday morning. The club's ability to jump on the opposition early is a big reason why it's 5-0, according to Roebothan McKay and Marshall's Colin Abbott.

Designated player (DP) Robbie OBrien of the host team Roebothan McKay Marshall gets a fist pump from team batboy Josh Langmead after OBrien hit a two-run home run off Saskatoon Poly Plus Diamondbacks pitcher Rob Scheller (not shown) in the first-inning of

Roebothan McKay and Marshall charged out of the gate Monday night, scoring four runs in the first inning en route to a 6-1 win over the Poly Plus Senior Diamondbacks of Saskatchewan at the Labatt 2007 Senior men's Canadian Fastpitch Championship in St. John's.

It was the fourth straight game the host team came out swinging and registered multiple first-inning runs. Roebothan McKay and Marshall scored twice in the opening frame of Tuesday morning's win over Ontario Two, sent six runners across the plate in Monday evening's game against Aspen Interiors of Saskatchewan and scored five times in the first inning in a win over Alberta Monday morning. The club's ability to jump on the opposition early is a big reason why it's 5-0, according to Roebothan McKay and Marshall's Colin Abbott.

"I don't know if there's any secret to it, it's just one of those things. But getting off to a great start makes things a little easier as the game goes on," said Abbott.

Abbott was in the middle of the action during the host team's big first inning against the Poly Plus Senior Diamondbacks. Stephen Mullaley started the frame by hitting a leadoff-single, with Ward Gosse then reaching base after getting hit by a pitch. Up next was Abbott, who drove a pitch the other way to left field for a double that scored both Mullaley and Gosse. Rob O'Brien then stepped to the plate and cranked a Rob Scheller offering over the left-field fence for a two-run homer that put the host side up by four.

"We really look forward to the game and just can't wait to get it going," Gosse said of his team's ability to scorer early and often.

Abbott, O'Brien star

Abbott finished the game with two doubles and two RBIs while O'Brien wracked up three hits and three RBIs before the night was over. Darrell Walsh and Blair Langmead had one RBI each for Roebothan McKay and Marshall, while Stephen Mullaley went two-for-four with a run scored.

In addition to timely hitting, the host team received another quality pitching performance in the win over the Senior Diamondbacks, with Gosse allowing one run and five walks over seven innings while striking out 10.

On a team featuring highly touted import pitchers such as Rob O'Brien and Frank Cox, Gosse is actually flying under the radar with Roebothan McKay and Marshall, despite the fact he's had nearly as decorated a career as any pitcher at this year's nationals.

"Ward Gosse has been maybe the best fastpitch softball pitcher in Newfoundland for a lot of years, we know what he can do," said Abbott.

"With or without imports, we know Ward Gosse is going to be there every game. This is no surprise to us."

One of the few tough spots Gosse found himself in Tuesday came in the bottom of the seventh when the Senior Diamondbacks loaded the bases with only one out after registering a pair of hits and taking advantage of a Gosse walk.

Ends threat

However, the veteran pitcher quickly ended the threat by getting Colin Schann to hit a ground ball to Roebothan McKay Marshall third baseman Walsh, who tagged third and then threw to first to complete the game-ending double play.

"We've had five games and I've been in all of them. My legs were just tired, I wasn't reaching my spot out there, so I was losing my zone and exactly where I needed to pitch the ball," Gosse said of his seventh-inning struggles.

The win improved the host team's record to 5-0 and sets up a big game today at 11 a.m. when Roebothan McKay and Marshall challenge Impact Signs, Newfoundland's unofficial second team at this tournament.

"Two Newfoundland teams, I hope the place is blocked," Abbott said.

"I don't think (one team will have an advantage over the other). We know what they have and they know what we have. It's two Newfoundland teams going head to head and hard at it. It should be fun, I'm actually looking forward to it."

Roebothan McKay and Marshall began Tuesday's schedule by beating the Jarvis Merchants of Ontario 12-7. The Ontario club actually held a 5-2 lead after one inning of play before the host team stormed back to take the win.

Frank Cox (4IP, 6R, 6ER, 6H, 3W, 9K) was the winning pitcher, while Rob O'Brien (3IP, 1R, 1ER, 1W, 3K) also pitched for Roebothan McKay and Marshall.

Mullaley went three-for-four with three RBIs for the host team in the win, with Abbott, Tim McCumber and Blair Ezekiel each driving in a pair.

Other scores from Tuesday:

Aspen Interiors 6, Impact Signs 5

Despite a two home run showing by Donny Cleary, Aspen Interiors of Saskatchewan edged Impact Signs of Newfoundland and Labrador Tuesday at the Labatt 2007 Senior Men's Canadian Fastpitch Championships at the Caribou Memorial Complex in St. John's, NL.

The loss was the second of the day for Impact and left the club with a 3-2 record and a tie for fourth spot overall. Dean Holoien gave up ten hits but was tough in the clutch for the win. Matt Bramwell started and lost for Impact Signs with Sean Whitten and Donny Cleary also seeing duty.

Darrell Joy and Trevor Ethier collected two hits each for the winners. Mark Dwyer and Justin Gill joined Cleary with hits for Impact Signs as Cleary's pair of round trippers was responsible for four runs batted in. Five runs in the fourth inning on three hits and three errors made the difference for Aspen Interiors.

Kitchener Hallman Twins 7, Impact Signs 2

Kitchener Hallman Twins of Ontario Tuesday handed Impact Signs of Newfoundland and Labrador its first loss of the tournament Monday morning.

Three runs in the second inning and again in the third set the stage for the Kitchener win. Both Impact runs came in the fourth. Todd Martin was the winner, allowing three hits while Harold Kelly went three innings and was tagged with the loss. Steve Running had two hits, including a home run, for the winners.

Kitchener Hallman Twins 10, Grumpy Stump 0

Kitchener Hallman Twins of Ontario had little difficulty in moving past Grumpy Stump.

Eight runs in the first inning set the tone for the Ontario club that added two more in the second for another seven-run mercy rule finish.

Robbie Green started and lost for Grumpy Stump as Donny King finished up. Donald Scott won on a two-hitter.

Timothy Dubois and Ronald White each collected three hits to lead the 21-hit attack of their club. King had both hits for Grumpy Stump who lost its third straight outing.

Hunter's Ale House Fawcetts 6, Grumpy Stump 5

Hunter's Ale House Fawcetts of Prince Edward Island scored in the ninth inning Tuesday to break a tie and edge Grumpy Stump. The teams exchanged runs in several innings to generate the 4-4 tie after seven innings and both teams scored once in the eighth. Grant Patterson and Mike Bishop combined for the victory while Sean Cleary and Robbie Green pitched for the losers with the loss tagged on Green. Veteran outfielder Joe Fagan had two back-to-back home runs for Grumpy Stump who got two hits from Keith Coady. Kelly Wenstrom collected three hits for the winners.

Aspen Interiors 2, St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials 1

Two runs in the seventh inning provided Aspen Interiors of Saskatchewan with a tight 2-1 verdict over St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials.

Trevor Ethier had a nice two-hitter to register the win while Robert Schweyer allowed eight hits and lost. Darrell Joy, Chad Hanson and Ryan O'Neil had two hits each for Aspen Interiors and Patrick Humphries had two hits for St. Thomas.

Vancouver Grey Sox 3, Brookfield Elks 1

Vancouver Grey Sox of British Columbia spread their scoring over three innings on the way to a 3-1 decision over Brookfield Elks of Nova Scotia Tuesday. Nick Underhill was the winning pitcher on a six-hit effort. No player had more than one hit.

Jarvis Merchants 3, Stony Plain Twiliters 1

It took Jarvis Merchants of Ontario ten innings to edge Stony Plain Twiliters of Alberta 3-1 Tuesday. Brian Urquhart went the complete ten innings to post the win.

Colin Macintosh was the loser as he pitched the final two innings for Alberta. Craig Courneyea had two hits for the winners while James Dunphy and Harbour Main native Andre Costigan had two hits each for the losers.

Vancouver Grey Sox 4,

Stony Plain Twiliters 2

Vancouver Grey Sox of British Columbia retained their unbeaten record Tuesday with a 4-2 decision over Stony Plain Twiliters of Alberta. Korrey Gareau allowed three hits for the Sox and picked up the decision while Colin Mackenzie was charged with the loss giving up seven hits.

Scott Newitt collected two hits for Vancouver, the only player in the game with more than one hit.

dmacrae@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Poly Plus Senior Diamondbacks, Labatt, Jarvis Merchants of Ontario 12 Ale House Fawcetts of Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador Alberta St. John's Kitchener Vancouver St. Thomas British Columbia Stony Plain Nova Scotia

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