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Monarchs light the bats on fire in pair of Corner Brook senior baseball league playoff victories over Aces

West Side Monarchs’ Travis Taylor appears to have his eye on the ball at Jubilee Field on Sunday, but this play wound up as a strike. That would be one of the lone positives from the game for the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces.
West Side Monarchs’ Travis Taylor appears to have his eye on the ball at Jubilee Field on Sunday, but this play wound up as a strike. That would be one of the lone positives from the game for the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces.

Both games ended early, due to the mercy rule, but they had to feel like extra-inning encounters for the Veitch Physiotherapy Aces.

The Aces find themselves down 0-2 in their best-of-five Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League semifinal series against the West Side Monarchs, after dropping a 16-3 decision on Friday and enduring an 18-1 thrashing on Sunday at Jubilee Field. Both games concluded after five innings.

On Sunday, oddly enough, all of the Monarchs’ offence came in two innings — the first and fourth.

Travis Taylor put up a monster stat line in the win, driving in four runs and scoring three of his own in a 2-for-3 outing. Jeff Gillam also collected four RBIs, with two runs scored, while going 1-for-2. Matt Colbourne had a day himself, as he went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

Rob George scored the lone run for the Aces in a 2-for-3 effort. Mark Lombard had the RBI, going 2-for-2.

Rob Park was the winning pitcher, obviously benefitting from quite a bit of run support. He allowed one run on six hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.

Alvin Lafitte had about as rough an opening inning imaginable, as he was tagged for nine runs on six hits, with five walks and two strikeouts.

Greg Myrden pitched the rest of the way, also allowing nine runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out two and walked two.

Earlier on Sunday, the Veitch Ultramar Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the other semifinal series, shutting down the Wing n’ It Curling Marlins 2-0.

Frank Humber struck out five in a seven-inning clinic on the mound, allowing just three hits and no walks.

Mike Simms and Perry Alexander scored the runs for the Hawks.

Daniel McCarthy’s 2-for-3 effort was the best of the bunch on the Marlins’ side.

Sean Anderson was the losing pitcher, giving up two runs (zero earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out one.

The Hawks and Marlins meet for Game 2 at 7 p.m. Monday night at Jubilee Field.

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