© Star photo by Cory Hurley
The Corner Brook Barons celebrate winning the Senior A provincial baseball series 4-1 with a 4-2 victory over the St. John's Capitals Saturday night in Corner Brook.
By Cory Hurley
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The Corner Brook Barons have ended 13 years of futility in senior baseball in this province.
With a 4-2 victory over the St. John's Capitals Saturday night at Jubilee Field, it was jubilation for the Corner Brook men. A streak of 13 consecutive titles for the Capitals came to an end.
Pasadena native Scott Goosney looked shaky giving up a run in the first inning after being hit hard, but he settled down to shut down the Capitals until they scored again in the top of the 5th.
Down 2-0 in the game, and not a hit off Kieran Buckingham through four innings, the Barons erupted for 3 in the bottom of the 5th. Jeff Gillam — who was later named player of the game — knocked in two runs with a double to tie the game. Then it was veteran and player/coach Darren Colbourne driving in what would prove to be the winning run with a single.
Grand Falls-Windsor pick-up A.J. Whiffen drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th.
Unlike in Game 4 earlier Saturday, the bullpen didn't let the Barons down in the clincher. After an infield single to lead off the 7th, Goosney was pulled in favour of Mount Pearl pick-up Andrew Mercer. The pitcher got a ground ball double play and then a slow roller to first base to set off the celebration.
Colbourne was named tournament's top hitter, Goosney the top pitcher, and Steve Hynes was most valuable player.