Curtis Reilly takes a lead-off from second en route to scoring the O'Leary Eagles' final run in their 8-4 win over Sydney White Sox Saturday. They moved into a tie with Charlottetown for first place at the Eastern Canadian Men's Intermediate C Fast Pitch championship in O'Leary. Both teams are already assured play-off berths.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
O'LEARY -- A big fifth inning helped propel the O’Leary Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles to an 8-4 win over the Sydney Nova Scotia Alexandra White Sox here Saturday afternoon on Ellis field.
The win sent the host Eagles into a first -place tie with the Charlottetown Cardinals. Both teams have 3-0 records and both have one game remaining today in the modified round robin schedule. The top four teams after the conclusion of today’s games advance to Sunday’s play-off round.
The Nova Scotia team led 1-0 after the first inning and the Eagels were head 2-1 after two. The game was tied 4-4 after the third inning at which time the Eagles ace pitcher, Mitch Hardy entered the game, keeping the White Sox off the score board the rest of the way.
The Eagles chased the White Sox starting pitcher, Dana Estwick in the fifth after the Eagles scored three runs and reloaded the bases with no outs. Relief Pitcher Keir Sillliboy sandwiched a strikeout between two pop-ups to prevent any further damage. The Eagles scored once more in six.
Hardy, who pitched four innings, had nine strike outs. He allowed two hits and two walks. His win in relief follows two complete games on Friday in which he counted 30 strike-outs. Starting pitcher for the Eagles Saturday afternoon, Jamie Betts, allowed four runs on three hits. He had four strike-outs.
For the White Sox, Estwick surrendered seven runs on three hits and two walks. He had four strike-outs. Silliboy allowed a run on a hit and a walk.
Jason Smallman and Jeff Ellsworth both scored twice for the Eagles. Other runners crossing the plate were Mark Quinn, Jesse MacIntyre, Darcy Harris and Curtis Reilly who replaced Smallman in the batting rotation.
Records going into the evening games are Charlottetown and O’Leary, 3-0, Nova Scotia 2 (White Sox), 2-2; Nova Scotia 1 (Sydney Cardinals), 1-1; New Brunswick 1 (Tagmouth Tigers), 1-2; Ontario, 0-2 and New Brunswick 2, Kingsclear Warriors, 0-3.