Still seeking the first win of their inaugural season, the Wing ‘n It Curling Marlins hung close with the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces through six innings at Jubilee Field on Monday night.
The seventh inning wasn’t as kind.
The Aces racked up nine runs in that final inning to bury the Marlins 12-0 in total, after the expansion squad had stayed within striking distance during the entire Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League contest.
Steve Hynes did it all for the Aces, driving in four runs and scoring once himself in a 1-for-3 outing, while Glen Seaborn was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks.
Hynes was also the winning pitcher, giving up just two hits and striking out eight in the complete-game effort. He walked two batters.
Cory Hurley and Greg Birmingham were the lone bright spots for the Marlins at the dish, accounting for the team’s two hits with stereo 1-for-3 performances.
Wayne Hicks was the losing pitcher, allowing 12 runs — seven earned — on 10 hits, with a single strikeout. He walked a dozen batters.
The Aces went up 1-0 in the top of the first, when Rob George scored following a sacrifice fly from Hynes.
Another sac fly off the bat of Hynes scored Steve White to make it a 2-0 game in the fourth inning.
Hynes continued to carry the load offensively in the sixth, when he singles to score Greg Whelan and give his side the three-run advantage.
Then, in the seventh, the rest of the Aces found their bats too.
Both George and White cashed in on a Whelan single to increase the lead to 5-0, then, after Hynes reached base on an error, Whelan crossed the plate himself. A double from Steve Kelly brought Hynes and Mark Lombard home, then Kelly made it a 9-0 game when he scored on a Rob Park single.
Park wound up reached home plate after a single from Jordan Kennedy, before Seaborn scored thanks to a single from Lawrence Cave.
Suddenly in a very deep hole, the Marlins looked to finally get on the board in the bottom of the seventh, but a quick three-up, three-down later and the game was over.