Host team cruises to 8-0 record

Darcy MacRae
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RMM enters playoffs confident and with double life

Shortstop Geoff Evely (left) Roebothan McKay Marshall applies the tag to Brian Rook of the defending champions St. Thomas Evergreen Centennials of Ontario after he attempted to steal second base at the 2007 Canadian Senior Men's Fastpitch Softball Champi

Roebothan McKay and Marshall finished the round robin portion of the Labatt 2007 Senior Mens Canadian Fastpitch Championship in style, blanking the defending champs from St. Thomas, Ont. 5-0 Thursday night.

The win leaves the host team at 8-0 and alone in first place heading into the playoffs, which begin today. Roebothan McKay and Marshall has the coveted double life it was looking for (meaning the club will have to lose twice in the playoff round before it is eliminated) and couldnt possibly be any more confident, according to second baseman Blair Ezekiel.

Pleased with record

Were ecstatic about our start, Ezekiel said. Double life is huge in a tournament like this. Thats what you battle for all week. (The round robin) is not just a formality, you play the games to be in this position (having a double life).

Ezekiel has been one of the host teams most consistent hitters throughout the tournament and on Thursday went two-for-three with a home run and an RBI in the win over St. Thomas.

After eight games hes batting .400 with two home runs, a double and six RBIs. One of Roebothan McKay and Marshalls young guns, along with Stephen Mullaley, Geoff Evely and Jason Hill, Ezekiel said hes getting a chance to shine because players such as Mullaley, Colin Abbott and Rob OBrien are doing a great job of getting into scoring position before he even steps to the plate.

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Theres always someone on base when I come up, Ezekiel said. Because our lineup is so deep and we always have guys on base, you cant pitch around anybody.

Abbott and Mullaley each drove in two runs in Thursdays win, with Mullaley hitting a home run in the fifth inning. Ward Gosse was the winning pitcher after throwing seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out 10.

Ward is a gamer, hell put everything he has into it, Ezekiel said.

Roebothan McKay and Marshall starts the playoffs tonight at 6 p.m. at the Caribou Complex.

Organizations: Labatt 2007 Senior Mens

Geographic location: St. Thomas

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