Fawcetts finish third at fast pitch championship

Jason Malloy
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3 Cheers Pub, Kelly's Pub to meet in 3 p.m. final

It will be an all Newfoundland and Labrador final at the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship today in Charlottetown.

The Kelly’s Pub Bulldogs defeated the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts 7-0 in six innings in Sunday’s semifinal.

They will face the two-time defending champion 3 Cheers Pub at 3 p.m. Both teams are from St. John’s, N.L.

Shortstop Dan Mitchell had the key hit in the Bulldogs’ four-run third inning. He hit a 0-2 pitch to left to cash the first two runs of the ball game.

“I was just trying to stick with it. See the ball, hit the ball,” Mitchell said. “It was exciting, but P.E.I. has a good team and we had to keep working and keep scoring runs.”

Mark Lewis had led off the fourth with a single to left. Stephen Jesso bunted the ball and third baseman Chris Craig fielded it and threw to second. In a bang-bang play, Lewis was called safe setting up Mitchell’s at-bat.

“I took a look and knew I had enough time to get him,” Craig said. “I still think we did have him. .  . I wouldn’t change it for a second. We had to be aggressive at that point.”

Robbie Greene was perfect through 11 batters before back-to-back singles by Jeff Ellsworth and Andy Skelton in the bottom of the fourth inning. The big righty struck out Mark Johnson to end the threat.

He struck out eight, walked one and gave up two hits for the win.

“Robbie works hard, throws good pitches and hit his spots,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we need.”

Don Scott allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings of work. He struck out two and walked one. Mitch Hardy allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two in two innings of relief.

The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the top of the sixth and ended it in the bottom of the inning when second baseman Geoff Evely fielded a hard hit ball by Ellsworth.

“Today we just didn’t hit the ball,” Craig said. “We hit some hard hit balls and they snagged them.

“It flattens you out. If one of those gets through, you can have a spark and it is contagious, but it just didn’t happen.”

Ellsworth summed up the feeling with one word: “Disappointment.”

“We had a good week, and we thought the outcome was going to be a little different today,” he said. “We hit the ball, but right at guys and didn’t catch the breaks.”

He said it was a “rollercoaster week” for the team with playing good games and them having a few mistakes in a bad game.

But he said there were no regrets after six days of ball.

“We went out there trying to win every game,” he said. “We won some, we lost some and we’re going home with a bronze medal.”

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Charlottetown

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