Sole possession of second place will be on the line tonight at Lions Park as the 3Cheers Pub Bud Light Dodgers tangle with the NTV Hitmen in Molson St. John’s senior softball.
Both teams carry 8-4 records into 6 p.m. game, with the Dodgers having moved into a tie with the Hitmen with a 5-3 win over The Bigs Monday night.
In that one, the Dodgers’ Jason Hill (9K, 3W) scattered five hits in a complete-game performance while Doug Marshall hit a two-run home run for the winners.
Hill had just returned from Missouri, where he and two other Newfoundland players had helped the Hill United Chiefs, an Ontario-based travelling team, to the Amateur Softball Association American championship.
Marshall’s homer was just one of three hits allowed by losing pitcher Marcus Pittman (10K), but Pittman was hurt by the 10 walks he allowed.
Mike Noftall had two hits for The Bigs (4-10).
In Monday’s other game, the league-leading Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak by downing the Chayee Bourras Wines Vines 6-2.
Liam Myers (4H, 1W, 6K) got the decision over Jordan Noftall (5IP, 5H, 3W, 2K).
Eric Healey (2IP, 1R, 1W, 4K), coming off his most valuable player performance in the provincial intermediate championship, finished up for the Vines (2-12).
Riley Kenny, hit a solo homer, scored two runs and had two RBIs for the winners. Mark Lewis drove in three runs for the Bulldogs (11-3), while Myers also had a solo home run.
The Vines are back on the field against The Bigs for tonight’s second game at Lions Park (8:30 p.m. start).