© Adam Harnum
CORNER BROOK — All of a sudden the Hawks are in the driver’s seat.
The Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks took a 2-1 lead in a best-of-five semifinal series with a 6-4 victory over the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces Sunday at Jubilee Field.
The Aces won the opening game of the series 14-13 in a slugfest that saw them almost blow a game that saw them push a dozen runs across in the first inning, but the Hawks soared back to win Game 2 in a 2-1 decision that showcased the defensive talent of both clubs instead of the offensive punch displayed in the series opener.
Fred Prosper was the top hitter for the Hawks going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Mike Brake socked a three-run homer and Mike Simms delivered a clutch two-run single.
Brian Bennett was the offensive force for the Aces going 3-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base, while Steve Hynes had an RBI single.
Frank Humber picked up the pitching win after allowing four runs on nine hits and one walk in a complete game.
Alvin Lafitte took the loss after surrendering six runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.
The Hawks scored a trio of runs in the first with Brake’s three-run blast also scoring Prosper and Simms.
Simms spanked a two-run single in the second to highlight another three-run inning for the Hawks for a 6-0 cushion after two innings.
The Aces pushed two runs across in the top of the third with Lafitte scoring on Steve Kelly’s groundout and Rob George scoring on Bennett’s single.
The Aces picked up a single run in the fourth when Mark Lombard scored on a fielder’s choice, but they would come up short as Humber limited the Aces to a single run in the top of the seventh when George scored on a single by Steve Hynes.
The winner of the series will take on the West Side Monarchs in a best-of-seven final showdown. The Monarchs ousted the Junior Barons in three-straight games in the other league semifinal to earn a berth in the final.