It was a rough beginning for the St. John’s Capitals, who dropped the first two games of the 2019 Canadian senior men’s baseball championship Thursday in Miramichi, N.B.
In their opening game of the 10-team, two-pool tourney, Newfoundland and Labrador’s representatives fell behind early and couldn’t make up the gap in a 6-3 setback to a Cape Breton entry, one of two Nova Scotia teams at the event.
Scott Goosney started for the Caps and went five innings, giving up all six runs, four of them in the opening inning. However, only three of the runs were earned.
Dylan MacKenzie had two RBIs for St. John’s.
The N.L. representatives had a much better start to their second game, which was against Alberta. The Caps took a big lead with four runs in the second inning, but managed no more as the westerners rallied for an 11-4 victory.
St. John’s starter Dan Connors gave up three earned runs in four innings of work, while Aaron Peach, one of several Caps relievers, was tagged with the loss.
Redmond Hunt and Troy Croft each had two hits for the Newfoundland team, which has two preliminary-round games remaining, against British Columbia this afternoon and the host Chatham Ironmen on Saturday.