© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Aces Brian Bennett, right, looks to the umpire for the call on Junior Barons Michael McWhirter who got caught attempting to steal second base during play Thursday at Jubilee Field.
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK It wasn’t a defensive gem of a Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League game.
But the Junior Barons were able to commit less errors combined with some good pitching to down the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces 8-3 Thursday evening.
In a game which neither team was strong defensively — the Aces committed a total of 12 errors, while the Juniors made a few mistakes of their own on the field with six.
However, it was the strong pitching performance shared between Homer Farrell and Matt Colbourne which shutdown the hitting of the Aces.
Farrell was awarded the win on the mound going five innings while giving up three runs on two hits and two walks.
Colbourne closed off the game by tossing two shutout innings with three strikeouts.
The Aces opened the game with a run in the top of the first but some clutch hitting by the Juniors in the second and fouth innings — in which they were able to string together four runs in each made for a comfortable lead down the stretch, as neither team scored a run in the final three innings.
Daniel Humber of the Juniors had a big night at the plate for his team going 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI and one run scored.
In a losing effort, Steve Kelly went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the top of the third.
Farrell said after the game that his team were lucky to pull out the win over an Aces them which he said, “you can never count them out because they’re all really good players.”
He is beginning to come into his own and find his groove on the mound, as the win proved to be his second in as many games. But Farrell did not lose touch with reality and said there were times during the game when he wasn’t able to find his spots and the Aces took advantage of it — such as the third inning when Kelly drove in two.
As he put it though, “tough hitters, you have to stay tough.” That’s exactly what he done as he responded with two shutout innings before he was pulled and Colbourne replaced him in the sixth.
Farrell also joked about Steve Hynes, who took to the mound for his shorthanded Aces.
“He’s not much of a pitcher but he threw well tonight.”
Hynes did what he could to stop the pressing offence of the Juniors throwing six innings surrendering eight runs on nine hits and three strikeouts, but his younger counterparts got the better of him.
Following the game, Hynes said his team faced a situation of having two field players out of position — which he claims might have factored in their poor fielding in the game, but he did not take anything away from the performance from the Juniors on the night.
“They put the bat on the ball a lot and when you do that you force guys to make the plays then that’s when errors happen,” he added.