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Supplement Shack Junior Barons pitcher Matt Colbourne delivers a pitch to Curling Marlins Wayne Hicks during play at Jubilee Field on Tuesday.
It isn’t often the Junior Barons have the edge in experience on an opponent.
Tuesday, however, was one of those nights.
The Supplement Shack Junior Barons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to an 11-3 win over the Curling Marlins in action from the Corner Brook Senior Baseball League at Jubilee Field.
The game was the first in the league for the Marlins, with the bulk of the roster having made the switch to baseball from softball this season.
Matt Colbourne earned the win on the hill for the Barons, tossing four innings and surrendering three runs off five hits and four walks to go along with five strikeouts.
Ryan Kendell came on in relief in the fifth and shut the door on the Marlins by allowing just two hits to go along with four walks and three strikeouts.
Daniel Humber led the charge at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a walk in a 2-for-5 showing. Travis Taylor chipped in with a pair of singles, an RBI and three runs scored.
Marlins right-hander Shawn Anderson took the loss and allowed seven earned runs off nine hits and two walks while sitting down four batters along the way. Teammate Greg Gallant logged the final two innings, and allowed just one earned run off one hit and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.
Cory Hurley went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Marlins, while catcher Tyler Wells had an RBI double in a 2-for-4 performance of his own.
The Barons went out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and were aided by some Marlins’ miscues, which saw the team make four errors in the game.
The Marlins seemed to settle in as the game moved along and made it a 6-3 lead after four innings before the Junior Barons added three in the fifth and another two in the sixth to put the contest out of reach.
Colbourne said after the game that the early lead was crucial to the win, particularly facing an opponent new to the finer points of the sport.
While just two games into the season, he said his Barons look poised to make a run at the league title on the strength of the kind of depth at the dish showcased in this game.
“If everyone shows up and we bring what we have to the table we should win every game, realistically,” Colbourne said. “The strength of our team is our offence and so if we hold up defensively we should have no trouble winning every game.”
Meanwhile, Wells said his Curling crew showed plenty of heart by battling in the middle frames after what he admitted was a nervous start.
“We definitely turned it around a bit and got the jitters out,” Wells said.
“It was a 5-3 game after the second so it went pretty good after that.”
He said things should only get easier for his teammates as the season progresses.
“I don’t think we’re too far behind once we play some innings,” he said. “I think we should do well — it’s still a game of ball.”
League action resumes 7 p.m. tomorrow as the Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks tangle with the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces at Jubilee Field.