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Thursday, July 19, 2012

West Carleton wins both in doubleheader in Manotick

In a reversal from the previous visit this year, West Carleton Electric swept both games of a doubleheader in Manotick with a 7-5 win over Barrhaven Broadway Blues and a 13-4 defeat of Ottawa Taylor's Blitz.

West Carleton 7 Barrhaven 5

Andy Barber was the winning pitcher for the 'Trics in the first game of the night, while Trevor Lahey took the loss in relief of Jason Smith for the Blues.

West Carleton put up two in the top of the first. Andy Barber doubled to start things. Jon Daley reached on an infield single and stole second uncontestedly. A single by Neil Murphy scored both men.

Barrhaven responded right away however in bottom of one. Aaron Amo walked to lead off. Amo took second on a passed ball, then stole third and scored when the ball was overthrown. Chad Hargrove doubled with one out and Trevor Power's two out double scored Hargrove to tie it. The Blues went ahead 3-2 when Steve Edgerton's ground rule double bounced out over the centrefield fence.

Fitzroy tied it up in the second. Jeff Cavanagh led off with a single. Steve Cavanagh then doubled to put Cavanaghs on second and third. A sacrifice fly to right by Andy Barber scored the older Cav, as Hargrove made a very nice catch on the play.

The next scoring happened in the top of the fifth. Andy Barber doubled to start things off. Daley sac bunted Barber to third. A high fly ball to left appeared to be going foul, but drifted back and landed fair to score Andy on what would have been a sacrifice fly and put Derek Barber on third. A single by Murphy gave him his third RBI on the night and the 'Trics were up 5-3. After a misplayed bunt put Jeff Barber on base, the Blues brought in Lahey who struck the next two out to end the threat.

Barrhaven once again came back to tie it at 5. Amo walked for the third time of the night (he ended the game with four) to start things. With one out, Hargrove singled, and while Amo advanced to third, the throw was bobbled and Hargrove took second. A single by Power drove both runners.

West Carleton got the winning runs in the top of the seventh. Daley singled to start. Derek Barber's sac bunt was thrown into right field, allowing Daley to score all the way from first. A walk to Murphy put two on and none out. Lahey got the next two batters out, but Troy Wilson into pinch hit reached on an infield single deep to short and cashed Barber. That was it for scoring and the game ended 7-5 for the 'Trics.

For his pitching performance and strong night at the plate, Andy Barber won Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Andy Barber WP 7IP 5R 4ER 6H 9K 4BB

Andy Barber 2-3, 2x2B, 2R, Sac Fly, RBI
Jon Daley 2-3, 2R, SB, Sac Bunt
Derek Barber 2R, 2 ROE, RBI
Neil Murphy 2-3, 3RBI, BB
Jeff Barber 1-4
Troy Wilson 1-1, RBI
Jeff Cavanagh 1-4, R
Steve Cavanagh 1-3, 2B

Jason Smith ND 4.1IP 5R 4ER 8H 7K 0BB
Trevor Lahey LP 2.2IP 2R 0ER 2H 3K 1BB

Aaron Amo 4BB 2R SB
Chad Hargrove 2-4, 2R
Trevor Power 2-3, 3RBI, R
Steve Edgerton 2-3, RBI

West Carleton 13 Blitz 4

The second game of the night saw West Carleton prevail in 5 innings over the Blitz by a score of 13-4.

Steve Cavanagh went the distance for Fitzroy while the Blitz used four arms: Jamie Blakely who started, followed by Derick Bulley, Guy Tremblay and Shannon Borho.

Both teams started their scoring in the second inning.  West Carleton got one in the top of the frame. Neil Murphy lead off with a single but was put out at second when Jeff Barber got on on the fielder's choice. Troy Wilson then singled and Matt Bowman walked to load the bases. Dave Bahm looked to have a single up the middle, but Marcel Mondoux made a nice play to get the out at second, which allowed Barber to score the games first run.

The Blitzos answered back right away. Jon Ferguson reached on a misplayed grounder. When Tony Searle sac bunted, the throw was errant and two men were on with none out. Another misplayed grounder allowed Ferguson to score and none were out. A strike out made one, then an interference call on a play at short was a second out and another strike out left things tied at 1.

The game broke open in the third. Andy Barber lead off with a walk. Blakely had a minor injury and came off the slab, moving to right field and bringing in Bulley to pitch. Jon Daley then reached on a bobbled bunt and Murphy hit an infield single with one out to load the bases. Jeff Barber's drive up the middle scored his brother and Daley, and when the ball was misplayed an alert Murphy also scored. Then with two out Bowman singled and Bahm's first homer of the year made it 7-1.

In the fourth, the Blitz brought in Guy Tremblay to throw. Andy Barber once again lead off the inning, this time walking. Jon Daley doubled to put runners on second and third. With one out, the Blitz got Barber in a pickle on Murphy's grounder, but an errant throw allowed him to score. Jeff Barber then hit a monstrous home run deep to centre. Troy Wilson then doubled and he was scored on a Bowman homer. After a single by Bahm, Borho came in to pitch for the Blitz and got them out of the inning.

The bottom of the fourth saw one of the more interesting put outs of the year in GOFL play. Searle was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Will Mood then ripped one down the first base line, narrowly missing the baserunner and essentially going through the glove of first baseman Murphy. Searle, thinking the ball was caught, stayed on first, but it had gone out to right fielder Andy Barber who tossed the ball to second for the rare 3-9-6 grounder put out. Mood later scored on a Ryan Mitts single to make the tally 13-2.

Bulley's homer in the fifth got two more back for the Blitz as the game ended 13-4.

For his big game at the plate, Jeff Barber was named Caveman's Choice as player of the game.

Steve Cavanagh WP 5IP 4R 3ER 5H 3K 0BB 1HBP

Andy Barber 3BB, 2R
Jon Daley 1-4, ROE, 2R, 2B
Neil Murphy 2-4, 2R
Jeff Barber 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, FC, 4R, 5RBI
Troy Wilson 2-4, 2B, R
Matt Bowman 2-2, BB, HR, 2R, 2RBI
Dave Bahm 2-3, 3RBI, HR

Jamie Blakely LP 2IP 1R 2ER 2H 0K 2BB
Derick Bulley 1IP 6R 2ER 4H 1K 0BB
Guy Tremblay 0.1IP 6R 6ER 5H 1K 1BB
Shannon Borho 1.2IP 0R 0ER 1H 2K 1BB

Marcel Mondoux 2-3, 2SB, R
Derick Bulley 1-3, HR 2RBI R
Will Mood 1-2, R
Ryan Mitts 1-1, RBI



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