© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
North Shore's Roger Murrin lays down the tag on Cardinals Greg Gallant for the out during Game 2 of the Molson 67 Men's Fastpitch Softball League final Wednesday at Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond.
By Adam Hanrum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The Cardinals may have lost a close one in the first game of the series, but a strong performance on the mound by Chanel Allain powered his team to a 12-5 victory over the North Shore in the second game of the final series in Corner Brook Molson 67 Men’s Fastpitch Softball League action Wednesday night.
Allain threw six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight. But Allain did not make an appearance in the seventh inning as the game was called in the bottom of the sixth when the Cardinals reached the seven-run league mercy rule.
The Shore opened the game strong in the top of the first but the Cardinals came back with vengence in the bottom half to score five runs of their own.
BJ Wells of the Shore knocked in a run in the second to close the lead to 5-3 but the Cardinals showed who the hungier team was, as they added another two runs to make it a 7-3 game.
The Cardinals were then silenced for two innings by the defence of the Shore as well as the pitching of Roger Murrin — who threw five and one-third, giving up 12 runs on 11 hits while walking six and striking out five — and the lead was cut to 7-5.
But that was all the offence the Shore had in the tank.
It was Allain who showed some strong pitching down the stretch — striking out five consecutive batters on one occassion — as well as some stellar hitting by the Cardinals which guided them the win.
Greg Gallant went 3-for-4 on two singles, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Dez Ball was also had a big game for the Cardinals going 2-for-3 on a single, triple, one RBI and two runs scored.
It was Ryan Park who done the most damage at the plate for the Shore as he went 3-for-4 and was just a triple from hitting for the cycle while adding one RBI and two runs scored.
Greg Park also helped in a losing cause as he went 2-for-3 with two singles, an RBI and one run scored.
BJ Wells said after the game that the Cardinals had a lot of bounces go their way but added that the lack of hitting by his team was the biggest factor in the loss.
“We just didn’t hit the ball,” he said, but sent a message to the Cardinals that the defending champion Shore will be back for a battle next game.
“We’ll be back and try to win like we always do.”
Allain said his team accomplished in the game what they had set out to do — which was to beat the opposition inning-per-inning.
“We have to take it inning-by-inning again and make less mistakes than the other team.”
The final series continues on Monday, 6 p.m. on Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond.