Wing ‘n It Curling Marlins’ David Janes beats out the double-play throw to West Side Monarchs’ Jeff Gillam in play at Jubilee Field Tuesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
The West Side Monarchs took the bite out of the Wing n’ It Curling Marlins early.
A four-run first inning led to an eventual 6-0 victory in the Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League matchup at Jubilee Field on Tuesday night.
“We jumped out on the bats right away and we forced them to make a few plays they were a little shaky on,” said winning pitcher Brad Brewer, who allowed only two hits during his seven-inning performance. He walked three and struck out two.
“We were putting balls in play and not striking out,” he said. “That gave us a good first inning and good support for the rest of it.”
Adam Warren was strong for the Monarchs offensively with a 2-for-3 stat line that produced two RBIs, a run and a stolen base. Aaron Sheppard went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base.
Ryan Park was 1-for-2 for the Marlins in the losing cause, with a stolen base and a walk, while Cory Hurley was 1-for-2 with a walk.
“It was the first time I pitched in a while,” Brewer said. “I tried to keep the ball down and make them hit some ground balls and some pop flies and everything worked out.
“The defence was solid behind me.”
Rob Park scored the first run of the game for the Monarchs following a passed ball.
Jeff Gillam crossed the plate next, after a Warren double, then Warren cashed in on a single from Brewer. Sheppard sent Brewer home on a double that put his side up 4-0 after one.
The Monarchs added to their total in the third inning, when Brewer made it home on a Sheppard single.
Another big hit from Warren, this time a single, brought in Park to close out the scoring in the sixth inning.
Marlins pitcher Mark McWhirter suffered the loss, allowing six runs — four earned — on nine hits. He walked four and struck out five in his six innings of work.
The expansion Marlins are still seeking their first franchise victory, but have now been shut out in three straight games.
Brewer said there is a book out on the league’s newest hitters, but doesn’t feel it will be long before the ending changes.
“Some offspeed stuff is what seemed to work for me and I’ve noticed that from their prior games,” he said. “But they’ll get that, it comes in time.
“You could see, even throughout the game, they were starting to hit offspeed stuff a little harder,” he added. “You’ve just got to keep mixing it up.”
The 3-2 Monarchs are right in the mix, in second place behind the 5-1 Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks. The Supplement Shack Junior Barons and Veitch’s Physio Aces are both at 3-3. The Marlins fell to 0-5.
“This is the best start we’ve had in a few years,” Brewer said with a laugh. “Normally we’re ‘oh-fer’ right now.”
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Monarchs 4 0 1 0 0 1 X 6 9 3