By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK Tyler Wells of the Cardinals drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to seal the deal in a 13-6 victory over Whelan’s Gate.
Game 4 of the best-of-five Corner Brook Molson 67 Men’s Softball League semifinal was called after a seven-run league mercy rule.
Wells went 4-for-5 with four singles, one RBI and two runs scored, while Jamie Brake went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two sacrifice bunts, three RBI’s and one run scored.
“We brought the intensity back from the previous two games which saw us outscore them 22-0,” Wells said following his walk-off single.
In a losing effort, the Gates’ Colton Kennedy was a triple off the cycle going 3-for-4 with four RBI’s and two runs scored, while Barry Smith went 2-for-4 with a homerun, a single, two RBI’s and scored twice.
The Gates’ pitcher Coady Kelly — who went six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up 13 runs off 17 hits, one walk and two strikeouts in the game — said the rain might have factored in his team’s slow start.
Kelly said both teams were strong throughout an intense series.
“We faced a good team and a top-quality pitcher but came up short this year,” he said of a resilient Cardinals team who were lead in the final game by some strong pitching at the hands of Chanel Allain.
In the win, the Cardinals’ Allain threw six innings while giving up six runs on 11 hits.
Allain gave up three walks, while retiring nine.
The Cardinals are now set to face the North Shore — after earning a bye through to the final — in Game 1 this evening at 6 p.m. on Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond.