O’LEARY — A series of fielding errors resulted in the Charlottetown Fawcetts squandering a sixth-inning lead, and the O’Leary Eagles soaring to a 9-3 championship-clinching win on Thursday night.
The Summerside Chrysler Dodge-sponsored Eagles swept the best-of-three Island senior men’s softball championship series in two straight games. The Eagles, who won Game 1 by a 5-4 score in Charlottetown on Wednesday night, have now defeated the Fawcetts in the Island final two years in a row.
With two out in the sixth inning and trailing 3-2 at Ellis Field, Eagles first baseman Darcy Harris reached his base on an error. He subsequently raced home from first when the Fawcetts committed a series of errors on Ryan Perry’s infield slapper.
“As soon as the ball was hit I knew I was going,” explained Harris. “As I got to second and was making the turn, I saw the ball bounce before it got to first base so I kept trucking and I got to third, and Jeff (Ellsworth) was waving me home.”
The big inning, Harris said, wasn’t unexpected.
“We have a lot of good ballplayers, and when we went away to NAFA (North American Fastpitch Association) I think we finally realized that,” he continued. “Although we come from a small area, we’ve got a heck of lot of good athletes here and good ballplayers. We’re never out of a ball game.”
Charlottetown starting pitcher Chris Craig got the hook after Mike MacIsaac made the score 7-3 with a three-run homer, and Ellsworth followed up with a two-run smash off reliever Jamie MacDonald.
Harris sympathized with Craig on the loss.
“He threw both nights back-to-back, and he was sore,” the O’Leary team member commented. “He was doing what he had to do.”
Three of the Eagles — Hardy, Ellsworth and Jamie Betts — will play next week with the Fawcetts when the Charlottetown club hosts the Canadian senior men’s championship.
The Eagles also have a special game coming up Monday against Team Canada members in an exhibition game in O’Leary.