Pitching leads Shammies to series lead over Vikes

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Shamrocks got a pair of brilliant pitching performances over the weekend from Scott Goosney and Bob Kent to grab a 2-1 lead on the Gonzaga Roebothan McKay Marshall Vikings in the St. John’s Molson Senior Baseball League final.
Both Goosney and Kent threw complete-game six-hitters as the Green and Gold beat Gonzaga 3-2 Friday night and 4-2 Sunday afternoon at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

Shamrocks got a pair of brilliant pitching performances over the weekend from Scott Goosney and Bob Kent to grab a 2-1 lead on the Gonzaga Roebothan McKay Marshall Vikings in the St. John’s Molson Senior Baseball League final.

Both Goosney and Kent threw complete-game six-hitters as the Green and Gold beat Gonzaga 3-2 Friday night and 4-2 Sunday afternoon at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

Game 4 of the best-off-seven series goes 6 o’clock Tuesday evening at St. Pat’s.

“They say good pitching will always beat good hitting, and we got two well-pitched games,” said Trapper John’s Shamrocks first baseman Andrew Symonds, who lended support to Goosney and Kent with a pair of two-hit games.

“And the score wasn’t indicative of the first game (of the final, a 9-3 Gonzaga win). Mario Tee pitched well (six-hitter with six strikeouts), but we made a lot of errors (five).

“We’ve been about pitching and defence the past number of years, and hopefully that will continue,” Symonds said.

Sunday, Kent scattered six hits over seven innings and struck out nine. He allowed four walks.

Kieran Buckingham was the hard-luck loser on a six-hitter with two strikeouts and three free passes.

The Shammies scored all four runs in the top of the first inning, two runs coming off Symonds’s bat. The Vikings plated two in the third on Troy Croft’s home run.

Matt Peterson and Ryan Hodder each had two hits.

Shamrocks 3, Gonzaga 2

Friday, Goosney allowed only six Gonzaga hits, walked only two and fanned five.

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Vikes, who gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

After Dave Penney struck out to open the inning, Jeff Gollop walked, followed by a Dave Buckingham base hit. Trevor Clarke was intentionally walked, and then Matthew Peterson walked in the tying run when Redmond Hunt received a free pass.

Mike O’Neill came in to replace Peterson, and with the bases loaded and one out, Scott Stockley grounded to third base, but the Vikings player threw the ball away trying to nail Buckingham at home plate, and the Shamrocks evened the series.

The line on Peterson read 6.1 innings, three runs on six hits and three walks. He fanned two.

Symonds and Clarke both had two hits for the winners. Jason English was three-for-three in a losing cause.

INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL

Vikings lead final 2-0 over Shamrocks

Gonzaga Vikings snapped an 8-8 tie with two runs in the seventh inning to defeat Shamrocks 10-8 to take a 2-0 lead in the Molson St. John’s intermediate baseball final Saturday at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series goes 8:30 tonight at St. Pat’s.

Andrew Paul (7IP, 8R, 13H, 1W, 4K) tossed the win and had two hits for the Vikings. Randy Reid (7IP, 10R, 6H, 9W, 6K) took the loss.

Zack Fitzpatrick had three hits in four at bats for the losers.

Organizations: Vikings, Molson Senior Baseball League

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