Veith’s Hawks’ Chris Gaudon snags the ball hit to him in left field in Game 1 of the best-of-five senior baseball semifinals against the First Choice Vision Junior Barons Thursday at Jubilee Field. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK Make no mistake about it, Myles Vincent is a rising prospect in the baseball world.
On Thursday night, however, a couple of guys who have been down that road before were the story.
Frank Humber pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, while Darren Colbourne blasted a sixth-inning grand slam as the Veitch’s Hawks beat the First Choice Vision Junior Barons 7-0 in Game 1 of their best-of-three Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League semifinal series at Jubilee Field.
Vincent started the game for the baby Barons, removing himself in the fifth inning after surrendering three runs. Travis Taylor replaced him, chucking just over an inning with two walks and a strikeout. Taylor was the one victimized by the bat of Colbourne, with the four runs he gave up coming on that pivotal play.
There was a fair bit of pre-game hype swirling around the pitching duel between Humber and Vincent, but the Hawks veteran put it all in perspective.
“It’s not so much Myles against Frank, as it is the Hawks against the juniors,” he said. “The hitters knew they had to bear down tonight, they knew they had to be at their best.
Still, there’s nothing wrong with creating a little buzz about senior baseball either.
“There was a nice few people around the ball park,” Humber said. “It was good to see.”
Leading 3-0 after five innings, nothing was really settled until Colbourne reduced the local association’s spare baseball cache by one. It was the kind of clutch play from Colbourne that Humber has witnessed many times before.
“Darren hit the grand slam late to take the edge off things,” said Humber. “It speaks well for us when Darren starts hitting the ball like that.”
Humber wasn’t surprised Vincent left the game when he did. In fact, he thinks it was a wise move, as the young pitcher has to be wary of how many balls he throws at this juncture of his career.
“He was up around that 100 (pitches) mark and probably felt it was best at that point to not extend himself,” Humber said. “He pitched two games in the world championships and is headed away this weekend to go play baseball at the collegiate level, so I think he did the smart thing there.”
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Jr. Barons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Hawks 0 0 0 1 2 4 x 7 9 1
Frank Humber (W) - 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
Myles Vincent (L) - 4.2IP, 5H, 3R, 5BB, 5K
Darren Colbourne - 2-4, 2R, 5RBI, 1HR
Josh Taylor - 2-2