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Charlottetown opens nationals with 10-0 victory over British Columbia

The Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts opened with a convincing 10-0 victory in five innings over Sooke, B.C., Tuesday at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship.

The host squad wasted no time, scoring four runs in the first inning to give pitcher Don Scott all the run support he would need.

First baseman Andy Skelton hit a three-run home run in the first inning on a dropball, added a two-run shot on a changeup in third and doubled in the fifth.

“It’s nice to get the first at-bats over with and get a few runs on the board in the first inning and kind of set the tempo for the tournament,” Skelton said after the game.

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Right-fielder Mark John was 2-for-2 with two home runs and three RBIs while shortstop Brandon Horn was 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot. Mark Arsenault and Dustan Jones each had hits while Jeff Ellsworth scored twice.

“We have a great pitching staff in Donnie, Skelly and Mitch, so if we can get some runs early on the board than it’s going to make life a whole lot easier throughout the game,” Ellsworth said.

Scott was perfect through the first three innings before leadoff hitter Kris Walushka singled up the middle. Scott would get the next three hitters in order, finishing with a one-hitter and four strikeouts. Mitch Hardy allowed a hit in the fifth to close out the game.

Scott Lieph was tagged with seven runs on four hits and three walks through three innings. Aaron Emery allowed three runs on five hits in two innings of relief.

The Fawcetts were able to get a few of its bench players in for their first at-bat or in the field later in the game. Ellsworth said it was a good "team win" for the 17 players.

"Each and every game that we play someone is going to step up and do something special that’s going to help the team win,” he said.

Skelton said it is important not to get too high after one game.

“It’s a long week and a lot of games, so kind of take it one game at a time and hopefully get on a roll and see what happens,” he said.

The game took 1:30 to play under warm sun.

The Fawcetts play the defending champion 3 Cheers Pub tonight at 6:30 p.m. while Sooke plays East Hants, N.S., at 7 p.m.

 

Linescore         1 2 3 4 5     R H E

Charlottetown    4 0 2  2 2    10 9 0

Sooke, B.C.        0 0 0  0 0    0 2 1

WP – Don Scott

LP – Scott Lieph

Saskatoon 9 Quebec 2

The Saskatoon DBacks scored three runs on their first three hitters in the bottom of the first en route to a 9-2 victory over Quebec.

Shortstop Brennan Pokoyoway was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the DBacks offence while Jessin Potskin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Devon McCullough gave up two runs on two hits for six innings. He struck out 11.

Rob Schweyer allowed nine runs on 10 hits and was tagged with the loss in 5 1/3 innings.

Kelly's Pub, from St. John's, N.L., plays Quebec at 3:30 p.m. and Saskatoon at 8:30 p.m.

 

Linescore         1 2 3 4 5 6    R H E

Quebec              0 0 2 0 0 0     2  2 2

Saskatoon          3 0 2 0 1 3     9 10 0

WP – Devon McCullough

LP - Rob Schweyer

Geographic location: Charlottetown, British Columbia, Sooke

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