3Cheers, Newfoundland’s No.1 team in the tournament, was led by veteran Colin Abbott, as it edged the Owen Sound, Ont., Selects 6-5 and Glace Bay, N.S. Mets 3-2 to improve its second-place record to 5-1.
The defending champions Kitchener, Ont. Riversharks are atop the standings with a 5-0 record after beating the Brookfield, N.S., Elks 5-4 in an extra inning.
West Side Charlies, Newfoundland’s No.2 team (4-2), split a pair of games Tuesday , beating Quebec 6-3, despite being outhit 7-4 and losing 7-3 to the host Charlottetown Fawcetts.
West Side is tied with Charlottetown for third place.
Abbott, who turns 40 in October, is still marvel to watch at the plate according to 3Cheers coach John Hill.
“He still comes up with the clutch hits,” said Hill.
That was evident Tuesday.
3Cheers found itself trailing 5-4 go-ing into the bottom of the seventh inning against the Selects.
Derek Mayson drew a walk, Abbott doubled to score Mayson with the tying run and Geoff Evely followed with a single that scored Abbott with the winner.
Abbott was at it again in the game gainst Glace Bay, which saw 3Cheers down 2-1 after five innings.
In the sixth, Steve Mullaley doubled to knock in Justin Gill, who had walked. Then Abbott delivered the winning run on a base hit.
“Our bats are alive there’s no doubt about it,” says Hill, about 3Cheers, which is averaging 10 runs a game through its first six matches. “
3Cheers takes on Fredericton, N.B., Coors Light in its lone game today, and a win will go a long way towards ensuring an important top-four finish.
“We’re shooting for that double life and we’ll see where it goes from there,” said Hill.
West Side Charlies also has just one game today, playing Brookfield this afternoon.
The two Newfoundland teams meet each other Thursday.
3Cheers 6, Owen Sound Selects 5
Abbott, who had two RBIs, and Brad Ezekiel each had a pair of hits for the winners.
Pitcher Sean Whitten (7H, 3W, 7K) went the distance on the mound for 3Cheers.
3Cheers 3, Glace Bay 2
Ward Gosse (7IP, 3H, 1ER, 8K) tossed the win.
Mullaley was the game’s top batter with a pair of hits. Brad Ezekiel,
West Side Charlies 6, Quebec 3
Pick-up Rob Schweyer from Simcoe, Ont., tossed the win on a seven-hitter with six walks and eight strikeouts.
Ryan Boland led Charlies with two hits for West Side.
Charlottetown 7, West Side Charlies 3
Sean Cleary (4R, 5H, 1W, 8K) took the loss in a game which saw West Side give up six runs in the sixth inning..