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Caps manage one win

Corner Brook Barons

The St. John’s Capitals salvaged a win from the 2014 Canadian senior baseball championship with a 4-3 win over Alberta Saturday at St. Pat’s Ball Park in St. John’s.

The Caps finished the tournament – well attended despite the wet weather – 1-3.

The Newfoundland and Labrador representative, the Corner Brook Barons, dropped a 6-3 decision to British Columbia Saturday to finish 0-4.

B.C. 6, Corner Brook 3

At the Smallwood Ball Park in Mount Pearl, in his last appearance at the nationals as a player, future Newfoundland sports Hall of Famer Frank Humber went the distance for the Barons, issuing six runs on 10 hits and two walks.

The former Olympian and pro struck out five.

Mike O’Neil had two hits for Corner Brook. Ryan Eiswerth, the first of three B.C. pitchers, was credited with the win. Brad Ferraro, Sean Hotzak, Mason Crotty and Jesse Peters each had two hits for British Columbia.

St. John’s 4, Alberta 3

 

At the refurbished St. Pat’s diamond, Kieran Buckingham went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. Matt Murphy pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while fanning one. Dan Connors and Greg Barry finished up. The Caps scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning, two on a Gerald Butt base hit.   

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Corner Brook Alberta Smallwood Ball Park Mount Pearl

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  • george p b
    August 26, 2014 - 07:42

    Dennis I somewhat agree with you, but I ask why not? I would love to have seen a 27 y/o Frank Humber pitching against BC... In the late 1970's and 80's there was an "old timers" version of the Barons, led by Gerry & Fred Basha. In fact I believe Joe Mullins one year pitched for both the senior & old timer teams...So I ask why? Is it a "closed shop" situation? I suspect the necessity of 20 somethings to leave NL for decent employment causes a shortage of baseball players...I always believed that NL's greatest export is "brains"....

    • rusty
      August 26, 2014 - 10:34

      If you asked me that same question 3 or 4 years ago, my answer would be yes, but it has changed, i thought there was a good mix with all the young players mixing in with the few veterans, which i think you need. Maybe a couple i would not have picked but that happens with who ever is coach.

  • Dennis
    August 25, 2014 - 20:31

    There is no way a place of 20,000, with a short season can compete with these other teams. It is amazing the Barons beat the Caps last year. Well done, especially for Frank Humber pictching against BC who is always near the top at this level.

  • george p b
    August 25, 2014 - 18:52

    Rusty: I will concede that 12/14 errors were made by the so called young guns that played the infield. However, I saw 43 y/o Mike O'Neill's picture in the star...Also Rusty there's no error on a ball that Mike could not get to in 2014 that he could have made routinely in 1994...So I still ask, is baseball's problem with young men being forced to leave CB to make a living? Or is it a closed shop old boys club???

  • george p b
    August 23, 2014 - 19:30

    No surprise that with a roster loaded with 5 players over 40, the Barons could not compete with 20 somethings...BTW Frank Humber is listed as 45, but July 4, 1967 is his DOB according to baseball-reference.com. Making Frank 47. Earlier this summer Barons player/coach Darren Colbourne (46 years old) chose himself to start THE crucial game of the NL play downs. ya talk about a "good OLD boys' club"... Is Corner Brook baseball in sad shape? or is it a closed shop...

    • zippy
      August 25, 2014 - 14:14

      CBBA has a great history and excellent minor program that develops players - it's more geared towards participation. Playing at the national level is never easy for NL team, regardless the sport - considering the short baseball season here in this province its's great that were able to be competitive at all against teams that have playing together since May (20-25+ games).

    • rusty
      August 25, 2014 - 15:01

      Your comments just don't add up as per Nationals. Out of there 14 errors, 12 were made by the so called young guns that played the infield. How many errors did the over 40 guys make? As for the Provincials i agree with your comment about the starting pitcher. In the local league most of these old players are on the Hawks, and what is there record?