© Geraldine Brophy
Westside Monarchs Michael Tavenor touches third base before the tag of Veitch Ultramar Hawks Ryan Price in Game 2 of the senior baseball final at Jubilee Field Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
CORNER BROOK — When you really think about it, Darrin O’Quinn certainly deserved his designation.
O’Quinn, serving in the designated hitter role, drove in a trio of runs in a 2-for-2 hitting display to lead the Veitch Ultramar Hawks to a 9-7 victory over the West Side Monarchs Sunday to even the Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League best-of-five final at one game apiece.
O’Quinn, who also scored on one occasion at Jubilee Field on a sunny afternoon, drove in two runs with a single in the fourth and delivered a clutch two-base hit to score another run in the sixth.
Darren Colbourne, 1-for-4 with a walk, and Scott Mosher, 1-for-3 with an RBI, also shared the spotlight for the Hawks.
Greg Sharpe was the top batsman for the black and gold going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the leadoff spot, while Rob Park went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and Jon Wheeler went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The two teams will lock horns in Game 3 of the best-of-five final showdown Tuesday 7 p.m. at Jubilee Field.
The following is a look at how things unfolded in Game 1 of the best-of-five affair Friday night at Jubilee Field:
West Side Monarchs 4, Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks 1
Michael Tavenor outduelled Frank Humber in a pitching matchup that saw Tavenor chalk up 11 strikeouts as both arms went the distance in the series opener.
Tavenor gave up one run on four hits and never issued a walk in the game.
Humber gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk in a complete game whereby the southpaw veteran marked up four strikeouts.
Brad Brewer was the top hitter for the black and gold going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Mike Simms was the top performer for the Hawks going 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Monarchs got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when Steve Shepherd scored on Brewer’s base hit.
The black and gold went up 3-0 with two runs in the top of the fourth when Brewer and Greg Sharpe scored on a Hawks fielding miscue.
The fifth inning featured the Monarch pushing another run across when Rob Park scored on Adam Warren’s single.
Scott Mosher scored on a single by Simms in the sixth inning to break Tavenor’s shutout bid.