Two games on tap Friday
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Summerside Chevys are off to a winning start at the 2014 Baseball Canada national Atlantic championship.
Ethan Beaulieu delivers a pitch for the Summerside Chevys Thursday at the Atlantics.
The Chevys overcame a 4-0 deficit to edge the Halifax Braves (Nova Scotia Two) in an early-afternoon game at the 13-under tournament Thursday.
Ben MacDougall picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Ethan Beaulieu as the Chevys scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 5-5 tie, and then held on for the win in the top of the seventh inning. The Braves had the tying run on third base when the game’s final out was recorded.
Blake MacKinnon’s three-run double in the bottom of the second inning ignited the Chevys’ rally, cutting Halifax’s lead to 4-3.
The Braves made it a 5-3 game in the top of the third, but pick-up Nic Havenga plated a pair of runs to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning.
Marcus Gauthier singled to score Dylan Thomas with the Chevys’ sixth run in the sixth inning, and Dylan Noonan drove Gauthier and MacKinnon home to make it an 8-5 game.
Gauthier, Thomas and Bennett MacArthur all had two hits to lead the Chevys offensively.
Beaulieu gave up five runs on nine hits, four walks and he struck out three in five innings of work. MacDougall allowed two runs on four hits, two walks and he fanned three over the final two innings.
In other games, the Dartmouth Arrows (N.S. One) outlasted the host Charlottetown Royals 9-7; the Fredericton Royals trimmed the Kentville Wildcats (N.S. Three) 11-4, and Kennebecasis Valley (N.B.) and St. John’s (N.L. One) played in a late game Thursday night.
The Royals are coached by former Summerside Western Capitals star Brent Grant.
The key inning for the Arrows was the third, when they scored five runs to open up a 6-1 lead.
Tessa Hood, Matt Jabbour, Jordan Spence and Braden Donnelly all had two hits for the Royals while Eric Anderson drove in a pair of runs.
Nathan Boutilier earned the pitching win over Jabbour.
The Chevys will have an early start on Friday as they take on Kentville at 8:30 a.m. Summerside will then meet Fredericton at 3 p.m.
The top two teams in each four-team pool advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. The medal games are Sunday at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.