Errors costly for host Fawcetts in 8-6 loss to defending champs

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts committed three errors in losing 8-6 to the defending champs 3 Cheers Pub Tuesday night in Charlottetown.

The host team for the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship is 1-1 after opening the seven-team tournament with a 10-0 victory in five innings against the Sooke Loggers from British Columbia.

“Our defence let us down tonight a bit,” Fawcetts left-fielder Jamie MacDonald said. “You can’t give a team like that extra bases or extra outs.”

The Fawcetts had a 1-0 leading heading to the third when the defending champs from St. John’s, N.L., used three hits and two Charlottetown errors to score four runs.

The Fawcetts tied it with two runs in the third and one more in the fourth. 3 Cheers Pub answered with two in the fifth and scored two more in the seventh off a three-base throwing error.

“We knew the host team was going to give us a tough game, we just wanted to get it started with a good game and luckily we got out with a W,” said Ryan Boland, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and was named the team’s player of the game.

Colin Walsh had two hits while Shane Boland, Blair Ezekiel, Jeremy O’Reilly and Justin Gill each had one.

Ryan Boland said it was a long day for the team, after its flight was cancelled twice on Monday. It flew out of St. John’s early Tuesday morning, arrived in Halifax and drove to Charlottetown.

Softball Canada moved the team’s scheduled game with East Hants, N.S., from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday at 10 a.m. It also plays Kelly’s Pub from St. John’s at 3 p.m. and the Loggers at 8:30 p.m.

“Three games in a day is tough, but we have the pitching and hopefully the hitting to come out successful,” Ryan Boland said.

MacDonald was 3-for-4 for the Fawcetts and was named the team’s player of the game while Jeff Ellsworth and Mark Johnson were each 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Brandon Horn, Andy Skelton, Dustan Jones and Steve Langley each added hits.

With the Fawcetts trailing by four in the bottom of the seventh, Mark Arsenault hit a two-run single to cut the deficit in half, but that was as close as they would come.

MacDonald said there were a lot of positives to take from the first day and it would not dwell on its mistakes.

“They’re probably the best team here this week and we were right there with them,” he said. “It’s a long week. You don’t win championships on Tuesday, so you take that, learn from it and move on.”

Sean Whitten struck out 13 in the win. He allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk.

Skelton went 4 2/3 giving up six runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one. Mitch Hardy allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

 

Standings

                    W    L

Kelly's Pub     2    0

East Hants     1    0

3 Cheers Pub  1   0

Charlottetown 1   1

Saskatoon      1   1

Quebec          0    2 

Sooke, B.C.    0    2 

 

Linescores

                   1  2  3    4  5  6   7    R  H  E

Saskatoon    0  0  0    0  0  0    0    0  4  1

Kelly's Pub    0  3  0    0  0  0    0    3  9  0

WP – Kyle Linton

LP – Jeff Farion

                    1  2  3    4  5  6   7    R  H  E

Quebec         0  0  1    0  0  1    0    2  7  1

Kelly's Pub    0  2  0    0  0  1    0    3  9  0

WP – Robbie Greene

LP – Rob Schweyer

                   1  2  3    4  5  6   7    R  H  E

Sooke          1  0  0    0  0  0    0    1  4  3

East Hants    0  2  1    0  0  0    x    3  2  0

WP – Justin Schofield

LP – Tyson Barkman

                         1  2  3    4  5  6   7    R  H  E

3 Cheers Pub     0  0  4    0  2  0    2    8  10  1

Charlottetown    1  0  2    1  0  0    2    6  12  3

WP – Sean Whitten

LP – Andy Skelton

 

Linescore         1 2 3 4 5 6    R H E

Quebec              0 0 2 0 0 0     2  2 2

Saskatoon          3 0 2 0 1 3     9 10 0

WP – Devon McCullough

LP - Rob Schweyer

 

Linescore         1 2 3 4 5     R H E

Charlottetown    4 0 2  2 2    10 9 0

Sooke, B.C.        0 0 0  0 0    0 2 1

WP – Don Scott

LP – Scott Lieph

 

Wednesday's schedule

 

10 a.m. – 3 Cheers Pub vs. East Hants

Noon – Charlottetown vs. Saskatoon

2 p.m. – Quebec vs. East Hants

3 p.m. – Kelly’s Pub vs. 3 Cheers Pub

4 p.m. – Sooke vs. Saskatoon

6 p.m. – East Hants vs. Kelly’s Pub

6:30 p.m. – Charlottetown vs. Quebec

8:30 p.m. – Sooke vs. 3 Cheers Pub

Geographic location: Charlottetown, British Columbia, Halifax Canada East Hants

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