The bats of the Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks woke up just in time on Monday night at Jubilee Field.
Trailing 2-1 to the Supplement Shack Junior Barons in the top of the seventh and final inning, the veteran club erupted for five runs to change the direction of the Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League game they would eventually win 6-4.
The Hawks’ big inning got going with a Fred Prosper double that scored Keith Simmonds. Prosper was then brought home, along with Scott Mosher, after a double by Jonathan Clarke. Clarke then scored after Alexander reached base on an error, while Darren Colborne cashed in when Chris Gaudon flied out.
It was a 0-0 game until the bottom of the second, when Josh Taylor put his side up by one after Tyler Gardner reached on an error.
Colbourne scored in the top of the fourth, following a Perry Alexander single, to even the game at one.
Dan McCarthy homered in the bottom of the fifth, restoring the Junior Barons’ one-run lead — until the seventh inning.
Following the Hawks’ offensive outburst, Travis Taylor scored in the bottom of the seventh after an error that allowed Josh Taylor to advance to first, but that was all the young club could summon.
Clarke had a solid game for the Hawks, going 1-for-1 with a walk. He was credited with two RBIs, a run scored and one stolen base. Alexander went 1-for-4, but swatted in a pair of RBIs.
McCarthy stood out for the junior squad, with his home run a part of a 3-for-4 effort overall. He had one stolen base. Gardner was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Cory Lockyer earned the pitching victory, giving up four runs — two earned — on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts over seven innings.
Kevin Farrell suffered the defeat, as he was burned for four runs — three earned — over 6.1 innings before coming out midway through the Hawks’ big seventh. He allowed four hits and one walk, while striking out three. Travis Taylor relieved him, allowing two runs on one hit, with one walk in his brief appearance on the mound.