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Barons will get another shot at Capitals


The Corner Brook Barons punched their ticket to another Molson provincial senior A baseball championship with a 3-2 win over the Gander Pilots in the final of the all-Newfoundland senior B championship Sunday.

At  Jubilee Field in Corner Brook, the Barons received a complete-game effort from righthander Michael Tavenor.

Tavenor, the tournament’s MVP and top pitcher, allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out eight.

A.J. Whiffen went the distance for the visiting Peak Performance Training Pilots, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. He fanned one.

As a result of their win, the Barons will take on the two-time defending champion St. John’s Capitals for the senior A title. St. John’s, which downed Corner Brook in the final the last two years, has won 15 titles in the last 16 years.

Corner Brook jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead Sunday with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Barons grabbed a 3-0 lead with another in the third.

Fred Prosper led the Barons at the plate with a pair of hits — including an RBI double — and run scored. Mike Dyke had three hits in four trips to the plate for the Pilots.

The Mount Pearl Blazers and Pasadena Pirates also took part in the senior B championship.

Kevin Miller of Gander was the top batter, with an incredible 11-for-13 showing at the plate.

The Barons travel to St. John’s for the first three games of the best-of-seven provincial final, set for July 29-31.

The next four games in that series, if necessary, would go Aug. 5-7 in Corner Brook.

 

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