3Cheers Pub/Bud Light won twice on Monday, blasting a pair of Nova Scotia clubs, while West Side Charlies/Bud Light, also of the Molson St. John’s senior league, split its games against a couple of Ontario entries. That leaves the Newfoundland teams tied for second place behind the defending champion Kitchener, Ont., Riversharks (3-0), whose record so far includes wins over both 3Cheers and West Side.
Monday, 3Cheers began its day by defeating the Brookfield, N.S., Elks 10-1 in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
In that one, Brad Ezekiel scored three times and had three RBIs on three hits, including a home run, for 3 Cheers, while Jason Hill also had three hits, while driving in two runs.
Colin Abbott, who had two RBis, and import Derek Mayson chipped in with two hits for 3 Cheers.
Starter Sean Whitten (5H, 1W, 6K) didn’t allow a run in four innings of work, while Hill gave up two hits and a run in an inning on the mound.
In its second game of the day, 3Cheers again forced invocation of the mercy rule, this time after six innings, in beating Blackburn, N.S., 9-2.
Hill had a part in all but one of his team’s runs, driving in five and scoring three more in a two-home run, 3-4 showing at the plate. Stephen Mullaley, Justin Gill and Geoff Evely, who had two RBIs, all had a couple of hits for the winners, while pitcher Robbie Greene (6K, 4W) scattered four hits in going the distance.
West Side Charlies picked up its third win Monday evening, breaking a 1-1 tie with a couple of runs in the sixth inning against Owen Sound, Ont. That crucial outburst resulted from a triple by Ryan Boland, an RBI single by import Glenn Ormsby and a double by Mike Noftall that plated Ormsby with an insurance run.
Noftall, who had two RBIs, and Ryan Boland each had two hits to back the stellar pitching of Sean Cleary (1R,5H, 2W, 11K), who went the distance.
Earlier in the day, West Side outhit Kitchener 8-6, but still lost 5-0.
Rob Schweyer (9K, 3W), another import, took the loss in going the distance. Ormsby had two hits for West Side, which plays Quebec and Brookfield, N.S. today.
3Cheers also plays twice today, taking on Owen Sound and the Glace Bay Mets, the third Nova Scotia entry in the tourney.