North Shore’s Brad Lovell takes his lead off second base watching the play by the Cardinals pitcher Chanel Allain in Game 5 of the mens’ softball final at Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The Cardinals came back strong after two losses to the North Shore and were able to beat the defending champions 10-7 Tuesday evening during Corner Brook Molson 67 Men’s Fastpitch Softball League action, to cut the series to 3-2 in favor of the Shore.
The entire game was a see-saw battle, as both teams had their sights set on the win.
However, it was the Cardinals who were able to come up clutch in the sixth and seventh innings to prove too much for a Shore comeback.
It was a four-run sixth for the Cardinals which pulled them ahead 7-5 and it was no turning back from there.
“We made a couple big plays in the field which really got the troops rallying,” said Cardinals catcher Tyler Wells.
The Shore were able to break a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning to give them a 5-2 lead, but the Cardinals were able to play some strong defence which ultimately gave them the confidence in the last two innings to battle back.
“All the bats were firing in the sixth and seventh, scored a bunch of runs and that brings it into the next week for us,” Wells said of the win, which now places them in a position to tie the series in Game 6 scheduled for next week.
One of the big factors for the Cardinals in the win was the hitting from Adam Murphy, as he went 2-for-4 with two clutch singles which drove in three key runs during the final innings of the game to help his team pull ahead.
Cory Hurley also had a good night at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with a triple, single, walk, while reaching base on an error and three runs scored.
The biggest bat for the losing team was Nathan White, who went 2-for-4 with a triple, single, two RBIs and one run scored, while Greg Park also chipped in going 1-for-2 on a triple, two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored.
It was Chanel Allain who pulled through for his Cardinals on the mound, as he threw seven innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits, three walks, while striking out five.
Bruce Wells did all he could to slow down the late surge of the Cardinals surrendering 10 runs off nine hits, three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings — but it was not enough to help his team win.
The game started well for the Shore with two runs in the first inning — after which White feels his team might have then gotten ahead of themselves and allowed for the Cardinals to get back into the game.
“We scored a couple runs early and got a little ahead of ourselves and started talking a little too much toward the end,” White said following the game.
He did however want to clarify that the Shore are not a team who will let one loss destroy their confidence.
“We’ll get them next game,” he said, adding that the plan is to continue playing the style of game which won them the championship last season and that is to “come out, pound the ball, pitch and pop the glove.”
The Shore will be looking to end the Cardinals’ season for a second consecutive game when the two clubs take to the field next Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. on Fred Basha Memorial Park A Diamond.