Corner Brook ends Capitals’ 13-year reign
Transcontinental Media—Corner Brook
The Corner Brook Barons have ended more than a dozen years of futility in provincial senior baseball, knocking off the 13-time defending champion St. John’s Capitals in an Molson All-Newfoundland final that ended Saturday at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook.
The Barons took the best-of-seven series in five games, finishing off the Caps with a 4-2 victory Saturday night in a game that saw St. John’s leading 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning.
St. John’s, which had lost three straight games when the series opened earlier this month at St. Pat’s Ball Park, had kept the series alive with a 6-5 win Saturday afternoon at Jubilee Field.
In Game 5, Barons starter Scott Goosney looked a little shaky at the start, giving up a run in the first inning after being hit hard, but the Pasadena native settled down — the Capitals didn’t score again until the top of the fifth.
But that 2-0 lead looked pretty good for St. John’s, whose starter, Kieran Buckingham, hadn’t allowed a hit through four innings.
That all ended in the bottom of the fifth as the Barons erupted for three runs, the key hit being a game-tying, two-run double by Jeff Gillam, who would be named player of the game.
Corner Brook player/coach Darren Colbourne later drove in what would prove to be the winning run with a single.
Grand Falls-Windsor pick-up A.J. Whiffen drove in an insurance run for the Barons in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Unlike in Game 4 earlier Saturday, the bullpen didn't let the Barons down in the clincher. After an infield single to lead off the seventh, Goosney was pulled in favour of Mount Pearl pick-up Andrew Mercer, who induced a double play-generating grounder and then a slow roller to first base to set off the celebration.
The Barons swept all the awards, Colbourne was named tournament’s top hitter, Goosney the top pitcher, and Barons’ Steve Hynes was most valuable player.
The Western Star