A tough sixth inning for Corner Brook Barons’ starting pitcher Ryan Harnett resulted in the St. John’s Capitals claiming the A.J. “Ank” Murphy Memorial Trophy as Molson provincial junior baseball champs for a sixth straight year with a 3-2 win Sunday in Corner Brook.
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Corner Brook Barons’ basrerunner Daniel Humber is tagged out at home plate by St. John’s Capitals’ catcher Redmond Hunt during the final of the provincial junior baseball championship tournament Sunday at Jubilee Field in Corner Brook. The Capitals won the game 3-2.
At Jubilee Field, Harnett took a three-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth only to surrender four walks, which led to the tying run. He then watched as Barons’ reliever Travis Taylor gave up another walk to bring in the winning run.
St. John’s starter Dan Connors got the win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in 6.2 inning’s of work. Connors struck out six Barons. Matt Murphy, the tourney’s top pitcher, got the save with a ground-ball out from the only batter he faced.
Corner Brook’s David McCarthy was the only batter in the game with two hits.
St. John’s was undefeated in the tournament, including a 4-0 round-robin record, Corner Brook was 3-1, while the Conception Bay North Bulldogs, Mount Pearl Blazers and Gander Pilots all had 1-3 records.
St. John’s outfielder Andrew Paul was selected the tournament’s most valuable player and top batter.
Corner Brook 2, Gander 1
St. John’s 9, Conception Bay North 3
Mount Pearl 3, Corner Brook 4
St. John’s 14, Gander 3
Conception Bay North 12, Mount Pearl 2
Corner Brook 3, St. John’s 11
Gander 4, Mount Pearl 5
Conception Bay North 1, Corner Brook 7
St. John’s 10, Mount Pearl 5
Gander 14, Conception Bay North 2
St. John’s 3, Corner Brook 2