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Team Canada junior softball team members Shane Boland (left) and Mike Noftall display their silver medals won at the World Junior Men's Softball championship held in Whitehorse last month. Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

SOFTBALL
Noftall beats Team Canada teammate Boland in intermediate
Conception Bay South won its fourth straight game after losing its first four starts of the season by defeating Goulds 6-1 in Molson St. John's intermediate softball at Lions Park Monday night.
Winning pitcher Mike Noftall had three hits in three at bats with two doubles. Shane Boland took the loss on eight hits with six strikeouts. Craig Edmonds hit a two-run homer for CBS.
In another game, Bryan Clarke's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Torbay Tapper's Ultramar to a 5-4 win over Coastal Marine and Recreation. Clarke won on a six-hitter over David Kennedy who came on in relief of starter Adam Janes. Janes had two hits for the losers.
Ward Gosse struck out 12, while Joe Fagan and Kenny Gosse each had two-run home runs as Roebothan McKay Marshall downed the Kelly's Pub Canadians 4-1 Sunday at Lions Park to remain undefeated in Molson St. John's senior softball league play in 2008.
Jamie Peddle had a couple of doubles for RMM, which has won all eight of its games this season.
Ward Gosse (0W, 5H) got the decision over Wayne Bruce (6K, 2W, 6H).
Justin Gill and Ryan Boland each had two hits for Kelly's Pub.
In Sunday's other game at Lions Park, Impact doubled West Side Charlies/Bud Light 6-3.
Blair Langmead drove in three runs for the winners, two of them coming on a home run.
Donny King (9K, 2W, 9H) got the win. Mike Noftall (1K, 2W, 7H) took the loss, giving up five runs before giving way to Lee Cose (4K, 1W, 3H).
Colin Abbott had three hits for the winners, while Keith Maynard had two. Robbie Greene had a two-run double, part of a five-run third inning for Impact.
Mike Noftall had two home runs to drive in all three runs for West Side.

STANDINGS
Team GP W L Pts
RMM 8 8 0 16
C.B.C. 7 5 2 10
Impact 7 4 3 8
WSC 10 2 8 4
Kelly's 8 1 7 2

SENIOR BASEBALL
Shamrocks lose fourth straight
Storm crushed Shamrocks 12-2 in five innings in a game that saw four players on the losing side tossed in Molson St. John's senior baseball Monday night at St. Pat's Ball Park.
Shamrocks given the heave-ho were Sean Gulliver, Chad Gulliver and Brent Power in the second inning after complaints that Storm's pitcher Peter Fifield was throwing at Sean Gulliver. Relief pitcher Kirk Fleming was tossed in the fourth inning for getting the ball too close to Fifield. It was the only batter Fleming faced in the game.
Fifield took the win on a three-hitter with five strikeouts. Starting pitcher Stephen Barbour lost with Bob Kent and Lono also seeing some mound duty for Shamrocks (7-4).
Josh Janes had two hits in three trips to the plate and drove in two runs for Storm, 3-6. Murray Bavis also had two hits while Grant Kenny hit a two-run homer.
In an intermediate contest, Shamrocks outlasted Conception Bay South in a game that featured 23 walks, including 16 by the losers.
Peter Phillips tossed the win in relief of Lee Escott. Bill Taggert took the loss . Nick Hayden finished up.
Jonathan Spracklin and Chris Walsh had two hits each for CBS.

STANDINGS
Team GP W L GBL
Gonzaga 10 8 2 -
Shamrocks 11 7 4 2
Holy Cross 7 4 3 3
Guards 8 3 5 4
Storm 9 3 6 5.5
Knights 11 3 8 5

SWIMMING
Legends' swimmers nab bronze s
at Halifax meet
Katie Gillespie and Owen Daly of the St. John's Legends swim team both placed third at the annual East Coast Swim Meet in Halifax during the weekend.
Gillespie placed third in the 11-12 age group 200 metre breaststroke with a time of 3:11.42. Owen Daly placed third in the 13-14 age group 200 metre freestyle with a time of 2:13.43. Six hundred swimmers from Atlantic Canada and Ontario competed in the meet.
Eight swimmers from the club will continue to train for the age group national championships in Calgary which brings together the fastest 12 to 18 swimmers throughout Canada July 24 - 27. Competing swimmers are Nadine Rockwood, Leah Tomblin, Gabe Bursey, Reniel Englebrecht, Brandon McKay, Curtis McKay, Owen Daly and Leo Froude.

3-NATIONS CUP
Ezekeil, Hill, and Mullaley
win gold with Canada
Team Canada was the beneficiary of strong pitching and timely hitting to come out on the right side of a 1-0 decision in what proved to be a thriller in the championship game of the Three Nations Challenge at Bob Van Impe Park in Saskatoon Monday.
The Canadian team included Newfoundland's Blair Ezekiel (Harbour Main), Jason Hill (St. John's) and Stephen Mullaley (Freshwater).
The winning run scored in the bottom of the seventh inning when right fielder Jeff Ellsworth drilled a ball into the gap in left centre field for a game-winning double.
The Canadian senior men's national team will host the 2009 ISF Senior Men's World Championships at the same venue in Saskatoon July 17-26, 2009.

DIVING
EDGE divers off to nationals
Five divers from the EDGE diving club will be travelling to Thunder Bay this weekend to take part in the Canadian National Age Group Diving Championships.
Diving in the under 10 category are Kaitlin Thomas and Liam Maher, who will be competing on one-metre, three -metre and platform, as well as Riley Crane, who is competing on three-metre springboard.
In the boys' 13 - 14 age category, Aaron Thorne will be competing on one-metre, three-metre and platform, and Quinn Crane will be competing on one-metre board. Both Aaron and Quinn are competing in this age group as first-year participants.
This is the largest contingent from the province in over five years who have earned the right to compete at this event. Competitors at this competition must meet the qualifying score for each event at a minimum of two provincial or higher calibre competitions. The team is coached by Jill Brewer.

Organizations: Team Canada

Geographic location: Lions Park, Atlantic Canada, Halifax St. John's Ball Park Saskatoon Ontario Calgary Bob Van Impe Park Newfoundland Thunder Bay

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  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Great job Shane and Mike. Softball have always done our province proud. Not sure about this diving stuff though, can't get excited about this sport, oops, past-time.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Great job Shane and Mike. Softball have always done our province proud. Not sure about this diving stuff though, can't get excited about this sport, oops, past-time.