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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

West Carleton holds on for 7-5 win over Ottawa Valley

West Carleton Electric held on for a 7-5 over Ottawa Valley As in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Tuesday night in Fitzroy Harbour.

Andy Barber had the win for Fitzroy going four innings, while Steve Cavanagh picked up the save shutting out the As in three innings of work. Adam Rueckwald went the distance for Valley.

Valley had two on in the top of the first. With one out, Ben Wade walked. Clayton Vance then reached on a misplayed ground ball. A hard hit ball by Ryley Burns looked like it was going to drop, but a good catch by WC centrefielder Alex Boucaud and subsequent throw to second got the double play to end the threat.

Fitzroy responded with a five run outburst in the first. Trevor Barton singled, then scored on Barber's double. After a walk to Neil Murphy, there were two men on. Rueckwald got a strikeout and a hard hit ball to second was fielded nicely by Burns for the second out. Steve Cavanagh then singled to score two more runs. SCav was subsequently cashed on a two run homer from Boucaud to give the Electric a 5-0 lead after one.

The As got on the board in the second. Steve Frost reached on an error, was moved to second on a sac bunt by Dave Baird and scored on Gavan Boyd's double.

The visitors pushed another two across in the third. Clayton Vance lead off with a single. A hard hit grounder by Burns was misplayed, scoring Vance who had stolen second. Steve Frost then singled and after a strikeout, Lindsay Medynski reached on a fielder's choice in which no out was made. Boyd's ground out scored another to make it 5-3 Trics.

West Carleton added a run in the bottom of the third. Murphy lead off with a single but was erased at second on a fielder's choice that put Christ Costello on. Costello stole second and scored on Jeff Cavanagh's  single.

Valley put another two across in a bizarre fashion in the top of the fourth. Jackson Vance singled to start things off. A double by Wade scored him. Clayton Vance then hit a ball to the right side of the infield and when the Electric tried to get Wade at third, all were safe. A walk to Burns loaded the bases. Steve Frost hit a flare to shallow left in no man's land. It looked like shortstop Steve Cavanagh may get to the ball but it just fell into play fair. However, the ball bounced directly into Cavanagh's glove and he promptly threw it to third for one out and the third baseman Murphy threw it to second for another out. Wade scored on the play and the next batter struck out making the score 6-5 for the home team.

West Carleton made the pitching change in the top of the fifth, replacing starer Barber with Steve Cavanagh. Cavanagh threw well, allowing only two hits and no runs in three innings of work.

The Electric added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. After two fly outs, Barton singled. Andy Barber then singled as well, followed by an infield single by Murphy to load the bases. Costello's hard hit ball scored Barton but a good defensive play by left fielder Dave Baird prevented Barber from scoring.

Andy Barber WIN 4IP 5R 3ER 6H 4BB 5K
Steve Cavanagh SAVE 3IP 0R 0ER 2H 0BB 5K

Trevor Barton 2-4, 2R
Andy Barber 2-4, R, RBI, 2B
Neil Murphy 2-3, BB, R
Chris Costello 2-4, R, SB, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4, RBI
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2RBI, R
Alex Boucaud 1-3, HR, R, 2RBI
Steve Edgerton 1-2, 2B

Adam Rueckwald LOSS 6IP 7R 7ER 12H 1BB 5K

Jackson Vance 2-3, BB, R
Ben Wade 1-2, BB, 2B, R, RBI
Clayton Vance 1-4, SB, R
Steve Frost 3-4, RBI, R
Gavan Boyd 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI



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