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Eagles make playoffs at Canadian men's softball championship

The O’Leary Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles infield of catcher Morgan Murphy; third baseman Jason Smallman, first baseman Jeff Ellsworth, 19; shortstop Jesse MacIntyre, 10; second baseman Mike MacIsaac, 14, and pitcher Steve Noonan, far right, hold a conference during their championship game against the Nova Scotia under-23 team. The Eagles dropped a 4-2 decision.
The O’Leary Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles infield of catcher Morgan Murphy; third baseman Jason Smallman, first baseman Jeff Ellsworth, 19; shortstop Jesse MacIntyre, 10; second baseman Mike MacIsaac, 14, and pitcher Steve Noonan, far right, hold a conference during their championship game against the Nova Scotia under-23 team. The Eagles dropped a 4-2 decision. - Eric McCarthy

ST. CROIX, N.S. – The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles took care of business Friday afternoon in clinching a playoff spot.

The Eagles defeated the Guysborough Transfer Broadhorns from Nova Scotia 6-2 to improve to 2-3 heading into their final preliminary round game against the defending champion and host squad, the East Hants Shooters Bar and Grill Mastodons Friday at 9 p.m. The Broadhorns dropped to 1-5 while the Bulyea Rustlers are already 0-5.

The top eight teams at the 10-squad event qualify for the post-season.

The Broadhorns opened the scoring with two runs in the second, but the P.E.I. representatives responded with five in the top of the third.

Brett Young, Jeff Ellsworth, Matthew Dawson and Peter Reimer each had two hits while Ellsworth drove in three runs. Avery Arsenault, Jacob Ebbett and Jason Smallman also had a hit. Young and Reimer were each credited with an RBI.

Brady Wood threw a four-hitter while striking out nine and walking two for the victory.

Cory Avery allowed five runs on six hitters in 2 1/3 innings in taking the loss. Rene D’Entremont allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings of relief.

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