© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Supplement Shack Junior Barons third baseman Daniel Humber slides into home plate where he is greeted by Capitals catcher Redmond Hunt. Humber was called out on the play at the plate. The Capitals won 3-2 to win the provincial junior baseball crown.
CORNER BROOK Walks can come back to haunt you.
The Supplement Shack Junior Barons found that out the hard way Sunday.
The St. John‚Äôs Capitals made it six provincial junior baseball championships in a row after a 3-2 win over the hometown Barons in the final of the provincial junior baseball tournament at Jubilee Field.
The Capitals finished the five-team tournament with a perfect round-robin record so the baby Barons would have needed to beat them twice Sunday to steal the title away from the townies.
The Barons nabbed second spot with a 3-1 round-robin record, its only blemish coming in a 11-3 loss to the Capitals Saturday afternoon.
The Barons held a 2-1 lead until the Capitals pushed two runs across in the home half of the sixth compliments of a series of free passes.
Harnett struggled to throw strikes, allowing the Capitals to tie the game on his fourth-straight walk with one out in the inning.
Coach Rob Myrden removed Harnett from the pitcher‚Äôs mound in favour of Travis Taylor, again facing the bases loaded.
Taylor got a ground ball to third base that Dan Humber threw to Daniel McCarthy at the plate for a force play for the second out, but then Taylor issued a free pass to allow the eventual winning run to score.
Harnett took the loss giving up three runs ‚ÄĒ two earned ‚ÄĒ on three hits and six walks.
David McCarthy was the top hitter for the Barons going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Taylor drilled a double in the sixth and came around to score the go-ahead run by stealing home on a close play at the plate after the Capitals threw down to second with the Barons sending the runner from first and the relay back to home not arriving in time.
Dan Connors gave up two earned runs on six hits and three walks to get the pitching decision for the Capitals. The right-handed pitcher, who gave the ball to tournament MVP Matt Murphy to get the final out of the seventh inning with the Barons boasting the equalizer at second base, went 1-for-2 with a run scored and also earned a free pass.