Mitch Hardy has been a workhorse for the O’Leary Eagles all weekend at the Eastern Canadian Men’s Intermediate C Fast Pitch championship tournament. Number 44 recorded 51 strike-outs in three full games and four innings of relief pitching, limiting opponents to just three runs during that span. The stingy pitching helped the 4-0 Eagles secure first place over another 4-0 team, the Charlottetown Cardinals. Semi-final and championship games are set for Sunday.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer
O’LEARY -- The host O’Leary Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles secured first place in the final modified round robin standings at the Eastern Canadian Men’s Intermediate C Fast Pitch championship being played here Saturday.
And they did it by the slimmest of margins. Both the Eagles and the other P.E.I. team in the seven-team tournament, the Charlottetown Cardinals, ended round robin play Saturday with 4-0 records. O’Leary got the first-place nod though, based on their plus/minus runs differential of plus 16 compared to Charlottetown’s plus 15.
Charlottetown will play in the 10 a.m (weather permitting) semi-final today against Nova Scotia 2, the Alexandra Street White Sox, and the host Eagles will play New Brunswick 1, the Taymouth Tigers at noon. The winners of those semi-finals are doe to play in the championship final at 2 p.m. The third and fourth place teams both advanced with 2-2 records. The White Sox were awarded third because of their plus one differential, compared with a minus nine for the Tigers.
Ontario and New Brunswick2, the Kingsclear Warriors, were playing in the late game which got underway nearly two hours behind schedule. Both teams had 0-3 records, meaning one of them will end up tied for fifth place with the Sydney NS Cardinals with 1-3 records.
The Eagles continued to ride their pitching Ace Mitch Hardy on Saturday and reportedly were planning to start him in today’s semi-final.
Hardy registered 30 strike-out in Friday’s 4-2 and 3-1 O’Leary victories. He re-entered the Eagles’ noontime game against the White Sox in the fourth with the game tied 4-4 and then held the Nova Scotia team off the scoreboard the rest of the way. He had nine strike-outs in that game and then came back with 12 more in the Eagles’ 8-0 evening win over the Sydney Cardinals - 51 strike-outs in just short of four games.
The Charlottetown Cardinals kept their record perfect with a 2-0 win against Ontario.