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Shamrocks one win away from another championship

Gonzaga Vikings shortstop Gerald Butt (left) applies the tag to the Shamrocks’ Josh Langmead at second base during St. John’s Molson senior baseball play Monday afternoon at St. Pat’s Ball Park. Langmead was called out on the play.
Gonzaga Vikings shortstop Gerald Butt (left) applies the tag to the Shamrocks’ Josh Langmead at second base during St. John’s Molson senior baseball play Monday afternoon at St. Pat’s Ball Park. Langmead was called out on the play. - Keith Gosse

The OMT Shamrocks are one won away from a third straight St. John’s Molson Senior Baseball League championship following a pair of weekend wins.

The Shammies doubled RMM Gonzaga Vikings 8-4 Sunday at St. Pat’s Ball Park to grab a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final.

However, the Vikings — who won the league crown in 2014 and 2015 — will look to send the series to a seventh game with a win in Game 6 Wednesday night at 7 at St. Pat’s.

Greg Barry (5.2IP, 8H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K, 1HB) pitched the win Monday. Graham King (1.1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K) came on for the save.

Kieran Buckingham (3IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K) suffered the loss. Keith Spurrell (4IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K) also saw mound duty for Gonzaga.

Dylan MacKenzie collected two hits and scored three runs for the Shamrocks. Bernie Madden was two-for-three in a losing cause.

On Saturday, the Vikings knotted the series 2-2 with a 6-2 win. Dan Connors (7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K, 1HB) won over Matt Murphy (7IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 1K, 1HB).

Troy Croft had two hits for the winners, and Redmond Hunt was three-for-three in a losing effort.

Friday night, Scott Goosney (7IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 6K) pitched a complete-game win and MacKenzie had three hits as Shamrocks won 8-2.

Larry Grey (6.1IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K. 1HB) took the loss, and David Lahey (0.2IP, 3H, 3R, 0ER, 1BB, 0K) finished up.

Madden was three-for-four in a losing effort.

Meanwhile, Holy Cross won twice over the weekend to grab a 2-1 lead on Riverdale Storage Storm in the best-of-seven St. John’s Molson Intermediate Baseball League championship final.

Game 4 goes 6:30 p.m. today at St. Pat’s.

Philip Edwards (7IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K, 1HB) went the distance as Holy Cross won 6-2 Sunday. Aaron Clarke (6IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 7BB, 1K, 1HB) took the loss, and Blake Fudge pitched an inning of relief.

David Edwards was two-for-two for the winners.

Saturday, Holy Cross slipped past the Storm 4-3 in eight innings. Vinny Grace (2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K) was credited with the win in relief of David Edwards (6IP, 6H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 2K).

Daniel Toope (7.1IP, 2H, 4R, 1ER, 11BB, 2K), who allowed only two hits but battled control problems, lost.

Steven Rideout was three-for-four for the Storm.

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