© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
North Shore Catcher Nathan White comes out to talk to his pitcher Bruce Wells in game one of the Corner Brook Molson 67 Men's Softball League final at Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond Tuesday.
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The defending champion North Shore was able to battle back from a 4-2 deficit to overcome and defeat the Cardinals 5-4 in Game 1 of a best-of-seven final series during Corner Brook Molson 67 Men’s Fastpitch Softball League action Tuesday evening.
The resurgence of the Shore started in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored a run to narrow the lead to 4-3.
After a scoreless top of the inning, Darren Park hit a line drive up the middle of the field to score the tying runner from third base in the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, for a second straight inning, the Cardinals could not score a run.
It was then that Ryan Park of the Shore stepped up to the plate in the bottom half and got his only hit of the evening.
It proved to be a clutch one, driving in the winning run.
Roger Murrin was the top hitter for the Shore, as he went 2-for-3 with a double, single and drove in two runs.
Meanwhile, BJ Wells contributed to the win going 2-for-4 with two singles, an RBI and one run scored.
Bruce Wells picked up on win on the mound for the Shore throwing seven innings.
He surrendered four runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
In a losing effort, Dave Kearsey threw six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out five.
Chanel Allain was charged the loss in replacement of Kearsey in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied.
Allain went one-third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one.
“We knew that the Cardinals have a great ball team and can hit the ball well,” Darren Park said following the game, after having faced them in a two-game series for first place in the regular season — which saw his team win both games.
Cory Hurley of the Cardinals, who held the top batting average for the league during the regular season, had a big night for his team at the plate going 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored.
Tyler Wells was hot for a second consecutive night for his Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
Wells also had an RBI and two runs scored.
But it wasn’t enough to lead his team to victory as it had on the previous night in the series winner against the Gate.
Following the game, Wells said his team was not tight in the outfield which led to some costly errors.
One of which was the misread in the outfield in the bottom of the seventh that resulted in the Shore’s winning run to cross home plate.
“It’s something we haven’t been doing so far in the playoffs and it’s something we have to get together next game and come out with a stronger performance,” he said.
Park said the Shore squad expects to lose some players from the lineup throughout the course of the week, but will have a good series if they can keep the team together.
The men’s fastpitch softball final series continues tonight at 9 p.m. on Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond.