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Hawks stave off elimination in extra-inning marathon

It’s hard to shake the feeling the West Side Monarchs had the Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks right where they wanted them.

West Side Monarchs’ Michael Tavenor, left, makes the turn as he approaches third base and Veitch’s Ultramar Hawks’ Ryan Price during Game 3 of the best-of-five senior baseball final at Jubilee Field Thursday.

And now, who knows if they’ll ever get them there again.

In a 0-2 hole in the Corner Brook Molson Senior Baseball League best-of-five semifinal, and facing elimation, the Hawks swatted away numerous would-be kill shots, eventually securing an 11-inning 5-4 victory over the Monarchs in Game 3 at Jubilee Field.

The Monarchs led 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Hawks finally got their offence going with a single run. They scored again in the bottom of the seventh to stretch the game to extras.

The two teams traded a run each in the ninth and 10th innings — including a Colton Kennedy solo home run for the Monarchs in the top of the 10th — before the Hawks finally ended it when Ian Griffin crossed home following a single by Fred Prosper with the bases loaded.

Individual statistics were not available at press time.

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