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Barons hope to push series to limit today


CORNER BROOK  The Corner Brook Barons seem content to play four games of baseball at home.

The Barons have extended the provincial senior A baseball best-of-seven final to Game 6 — today at 2 p.m. at Jubilee Field — after the hometown boys won two games Saturday to keep the hopes of a repeat alive.

Down 3-0 in the series, Travis Taylor — player of the game for the hometown team — and ace Michael Tavenor were all business in Game 4 Saturday afternoon as the Barons posted a 9-3 win to avoid a sweep.

Taylor, steady at the shortstop postion for both games Saturday, was the offensive catalyst for the Barons going 3-for-3 driving in a run and scoring on two occasions.

Tavenor, a right-handed pitcher, tossed a complete game giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. He had five strikeouts in a game that saw his batterymate Steve Hynes belt a solo homer in a 2-for-4 outing.

 Jeff Gillam and Perry Alexander collected two hits apiece for the Barons, who only scored five runs total in the first three games of the series that saw them lose three straight at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

Ron French drove in two runs in a 2-for-3 outing to lead the way for the Capitals.

A pitcher's duel ensued in Game 5 with the Barons staving off elimination one more time.

Frank Humber turned in a gutsy performance in a pitching duel with Pasadena native Scott Goosney in Game 5, the hometown Barons winning 3-2 with Grant Vincent — coming off the bench to pinch hit —driving in the winning run facing a 3-2 count in the home half of the seventh inning.

Travis Taylor led off the bottom half of the seventh with a double into the gap in left centre.  He scored the winning run on Vincent’s clutch hit softly into left field just inside the chalk.

If the Barons can force a Game 7 it will be played tonight 8 p.m. at Jubilee Field.

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