Quebec beats Charlottetown 4-1

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Both teams now 2-2 at Canadian senior men's fast pitch tournament

Quebec’s Joe McCleary tagged Seth Hood out at home plate Wednesday night, killing a Charlottetown John Brown Grill Fawcetts’ rally at Central Field.

The Fawcetts couldn’t recover losing 4-1. Both teams are now 2-2 at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship entering today’s final games of round-robin play.

Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning the Fawcetts were threatening with runners on second and third and no out. Cleanup hitter Andy Skelton grounded out to the shortstop and Hood got thrown out at the plate for a 6-3-2 double play.

Fawcetts’ third base coach Doug Hines said the contact play was on, provided the ball was hit deep in the infield.

“I’ll take responsibility for that,” Hines said. “We had some big hitters up there, so he probably should have stayed at third."

The Fawcetts wouldn’t get another hit until Jeff Ellsworth hit a solo home run to start the seventh inning.

“We’re just going to keep a short memory here, come back tomorrow and try and win a couple of games,” Hines said.

Quebec opened the scoring in the first inning when McCleary dropped a bunt down the third base line with the bases juiced and two outs.

McCleary said he discussed the play with leadoff man Mathieu Roy, who he called likely the fastest player in the tournament, before the inning.

“I told him if the third baseman is deep, get ready I might try it.”

McCleary fouled the first attempt off, but said he saw third baseman Chris Craig back up, giving him the idea to try it again.

“If I got it down, I knew I’d get to first because they weren’t expecting it. Thankfully it worked out in our favour,” McCleary said.

It gave Quebec confidence and Charlottetown wasn’t able to answer.

“In this tournament, no matter who you play, if you don’t score early then it gives the other team momentum and that’s what happened tonight,” Ellsworth said.

“It falls back on all the hitters on the team, we just didn’t do the job at the plate tonight.”

Quebec added two runs in the second and pitcher Joran Graham settled in with a 3-0 lead.

“Joran threw a hell of a game, probably the best game he’s thrown this year,” McCleary said.

Graham struck out seven in going the distance for the win.

Mitch Hardy gave up three runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Skelton allowed a run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.

“We didn’t give Mitch much help tonight. He deserved a better fate than that,” Hines said. “That’s on us, but we’re going to bounce back tomorrow.”

The Fawcetts made it known they didn’t agree with many of the calls of the home plate umpire during the contest.

“We thought Mitch might have been getting squeezed,” Hines said. “They’re calling the balls and strikes and we have to live with that, no matter what it is. We just didn’t adjust.”

Matt Greer was 2-for-2 and scored twice in pacing Quebec’s offence while Jean-Pierre Savard had an RBI double and Samuel Labrecque doubled and scored.

Ellsworth had two hits for the host while Jamie MacDonald doubled to start the fourth-inning rally and Skelton singled in the seventh.

The Fawcetts play the East Hants Mastodons from Nova Scotia at 2 p.m. and Kelly’s Pub from St. John’s, N.L., at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Final score

Quebec – 4

Charlottetown – 1

WP – Joran Graham

LP – Mitch Hardy

What it means – Charlottetown falls to 2-2 and has two games remaining today in the round robin. The top four teams get the coveted double life while teams five and six earn single life and the last-place team is eliminated.

Quick hands – Steve Langley flashed the leather in the bottom of the first inning with one out and the bases loaded. Jean-Pierre Savard rocketed a line drive to first base that Langley got his glove on. The ball popped into the air and he grabbed it for the second out.

Ball dies – Charlottetown shortstop Brandon Horn put a charge into a pitch in the third inning that the home crowd thought was gone. It died for a deep fly out to centre field.

Quote – “We didn’t catch the breaks tonight and tomorrow we will.” Fawcetts centre-fielder Jeff Ellsworth.

Standings

                      W   L       PCT    GB

3 Cheers Pub    3    1    .750    —

Quebec            2    2    .500      1

East Hants       2    2    .500      1

Kelly's Pub       2    2    .500      1

Charlottetown  2    2    .500      1

Sooke             2    2    .500      1

Saskatoon       1    3    .250      2

Thursday's Games

Noon – 3 Cheers Pub vs. Saskatoon

2 p.m. – East Hants vs. Charlottetown

3 p.m. – Kelly's Pub vs. Sooke

4 p.m. – 3 Cheers Pub vs. Quebec

6 p.m. – East Hants vs. Saskatoon

6:30 p.m. – Kelly's Pub vs. Charlottetown

8:30 p.m. – Sooke vs. Quebec

 

Wednesday's linescores

 

East Hants        0  0  2    0  1  0    0  –  3  5    0

3 Cheers Pub    5  0  0    0  1  2    x  –  8  14  0

WP – Jason Hill

LP – Randy Frame

 

 

Charlottetown    0  0  0    0  1  0    0  1  –  2  7  0

Saskatoon          0  0  0    0  1  0    0  x  –  1  6  2

WP – Don Scott

LP – Devon McCullough

 

 

Quebec         2  0  0    0  0  –  2  5  1

East Hants    1  0  7    1  x  –  9  8  1

WP – Rob Schweyer

LP – Scott Wagar

 

3 Cheers Pub    1  1  0    0  1  2    2  –  7  9  2

Kelly's Pub        0  0  1    0  0  0    0  –  1  3  4

WP – Sean Whitten

LP – Donny King

 

Sooke          2  0  1    1  0  0    1  –  5  7  0

Saskatoon   0  0  4    0  0  0    0  –  4  7  5

WP – Tyson Barkman

LP – Trevor Ethier

 

East Hants    0  2  3    0  0  0    1  –  6  6  1

Kelly's Pub    0  0  2    0  0  0    0  –  2  4  3

WP – Justin Schofield

LP – Robbie Greene

 

Charlottetown    0  0  0    0  0  0    1  –  1  4  4

Quebec               1  2  0    1  0  0    x  –   4  4  0

WP – Joran Graham

LP – Mitch Hardy

 

 

3 Cheers Pub    0  1  2    0  0  3    0  –   6  6  1

Sooke                0  5  1    0  0  2    x  –   8  8  2

WP – Tyson Barkman

LP – Jason Hill 

Geographic location: Quebec, Nova Scotia

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