The St. John’s Capitals kicked off the 2013 Senior Baseball Canada Senior Men Championships in Windsor, Ont. with a loss to the second team representing New Brunswick at the tournament on Thursday.
It was early errors that cost the Capitals the game, as starting pitcher Bobby Kent was charged with seven in the first inning before he was pulled after surrendering nine runs on two hits and five walks.
Sean Janes came in to replace Kent and threw one and one-third innings, giving up one run on three hits, one error and one walk while striking out two.
Matt Smith then stepped on the mound and threw two shutout innings of one-hit ball before yet another pitching change was made.
Corey Ewart took his place and could not solve any batter he faced, giving up one run on one hit.
Corner Brook native Mike O’Neil — who also plays on the Corner Brook Senior Barons — closed out the game for the Capitals.
O’Neil went three innings while giving up three runs on three hits, three errors, five hits while striking out one. O’Neil started in the designated hitter position and went 0-for-4 at the plate.
He also struck out once during the game.
It was Andrew Symonds who carried the big bat for the Capitals, as he went 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
The Capitals are now set to take to the field against Ontario today at 11:30 a.m. N.L. time.