Hynes throws one-hitter to lift Aces over Hawks

Chris Quigley
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A one-hitter from pitcher Steve Hynes helped propel the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces to a 4-1 win over the Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks in Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League play at Jubilee Field.

The clash between the two longtime rivals was a make-up game of a previously postponed contest due to rain.

Hynes took a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning, before Hawks’ Mike Brake singled to blemish the stat line. Over seven innings, Hynes struck out four and walked one, giving up just an unearned run in the process, when Brake scored following a Darren O’Quinn ground out in the second. Brake had initially reached base on an error by Aces shortstop Rob George.

The Aces’ offensive attack was led by Steve Kelly, who was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Mark Lombard also crossed the plate once and registered an RBI in a 1-for-2 effort, while Grant Vincent went 2-for-3.

Cory Lockyer suffered the defeat on the mound for the Hawks, giving up four runs — two earned — on six hits, with three strikeouts and a walk.

Brake was really the lone bright spot, offensively, for the Hawks in a 1-for-3 outing with the team’s only hit and only run.

Trailing 1-0 after the top of the second, the Aces got going in the bottom of the inning, thanks in part to some sloppy ball from the Hawks.

Lombard reached base on a walk, then scored, while Kelly made it to third, following an error by Lockyer. Kelly eventually scored after Steve White reached on another error, this time by Hawks’ Perry Alexander. White then made it home following a Rob George single to put the Aces up 3-1 by the end of the inning.

In the bottom of the third, a double from Hynes began another Aces’ scoring threat. A single from Vincent sent Hynes to third, before he scored following a fielder’s choice play that allowed Lombard to reach first.

Following Brake’s seventh-inning hit, Hynes resumed shutting down the Hawks’ attack, forcing a pop out from Alexander, before striking out Brad Penney and Lockyer to finish the game.

The Supplement Shack Junior Barons lead the league standings in the early going with a 2-0 record, followed by both the Hawks and Aces at 1-1. The Curling Marlins and West Side Monarchs both sit at 0-1.

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