Supplement Shack Junior Barons’ Travis Taylor, left, keeps an eye on Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks pitcher Colin Wood as he gets a lead off first base during play Thursday at Jubilee Field. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks pitcher Colin Wood threw 10 innings and struck out 13 Supplement Shack Junior Barons batters on Thursday night — but it was with a bat in his own hands that he truly won the Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League matchup.
Wood popped a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th that scored teammate Frank Humber for the eventual winning run, as the Hawks edged the baby Barons 6-5 in extra innings at Jubilee Field.
But, of course, it was the 10 innings tossed that was most impressive, particularly since it was only Woods’ second start of the season because he’s been back and forth from Alberta.
“I’m feeling pretty tender now,” he said with a laugh moments after the game ended. “I just kept throwing ... there was no pain in the arm, so I just kept throwing strikes and they had problems hitting it.”
He surrendered three earned runs — five in total — on nine hits, with three walks and the aforementioned 13 strikeouts.
His counterpart for most of the game, Ryan Harnett, went 9.1 innings, giving up six runs — four earned — on eight hits, with seven walks and six strikeouts. But with one out and the bases loaded in the 10th, the team opted to switch him out for Travis Taylor.
It was Taylor who gave up the sac fly to Wood, allowing Humber to score. Then Darren Colbourne grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning, but the baby Barons were unable to come up with anything else in the bottom of the 10th.
“My arm felt good, but my speed started to go down,” Harnett said. “We thought it’d be better to go with Travis because he was throwing a bit harder.”
Before the extra-inning drama, it appeared the fifth inning would be the proverbial turning point — and in the Junior Barons favour.
Down 2-0, the junior team scored five runs — four the direct result of errors — and took command of the game. But they gave up three in the seventh inning to let the veteran Hawks right back into it.
“It went back and forth,” said Wood. “Everybody had their turn.”
Scott Mosher’s 2-for-4 effort at the plate with a run scored led the Hawks statistically, while Humber was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Doug King paced the Barons’ attack with three RBIs in a 2-for-5 outing, while Daniel McCarthy was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
“They’re a tough team,” said Wood. “They’re free swingers and it’s hard to strike guys like that out all the time.
“They’re fighters and they’ve got some good pitching over there too,” he added. “It’s a great win for us, you love to win like that.”
All Harnett could do was shake his head at the missed opportunity following the five-run outburst in the fifth.
“Our team got fired up and strung a few hits together,” he said. “They made a few errors, which was big for us.
“But we’ve got to be able to finish the game off in the seventh inning.”