Dan Shepard

The Cardigan Clippers jumped to an early 7-0 lead and then held on to defeat the winless Northside Gills Construction Brewers by a score of 8-6 Sunday afternoon in Cardigan.

A first inning RBI double by Jacob Verbeek and RBI double in the third inning by Kevin MacLeod gave Cardigan a 7-up lead after three innings. A five run rally in the fifth by the Brewers made the game much more interesting. Both teams traded runs in the sixth. Charles MacLean pitched a complete game victory. Liam Laybolt had two hits including a double. Mitch Ryan had three hits for the Brewers. Two new additions to the Clippers who have been factors this year are Liam Laybolt and Jacob Verbeek. Laybolt has played well as the Clippers’ catcher and Verbeek has been steady at first base.

Verbeek made a clutch catch in the sixth inning preventing a pair of Brewer runs to score. Laybolt played a solid game behind the plate and had a huge RBI single in the sixth inning. Cardigan, who split a pair of games Friday night against the PEI Youth Selects at Memorial Field, improved their record to 4-2.

Northside lost two games last Wednesday against the undefeated Morell Chevies. The Brewers let a 10-3 lead slipped away and lost the opener 13-12. Brewers’ Nigel Fisher hit a three run home run to help them in the early going. Morell scored four runs in the fourth and sixth innings before winning it in the seventh on a walk off sac fly by Jarrod Laybolt. Troy Coffin and Matt Barlow had four hits for the Chevies. Coffin pitched the nightcap winning 9-1 and striking out eight. The two wins give Morell a perfect 5-0 record.

The Peakes Bombers earned their second straight shutout with a 2-0 win over the Charlottetown Jays last Wednesday. Bruce Jay left the game after two innings and was relieved by Rob Phelan. The two combined allowed five hits. Blair Creelman was showing some flashback brilliance pitching a complete game seven tilt.

The Grant Thornton Tigers got on the win list in a big way over the week. They won their first two games of the season. They defeated the Stratford Athletics on Wednesday and followed up with a 7-5 win over the previously undefeated Peakes Bombers on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 2-4 and are one game back of a playoff position.

Future games - Three 6:30 pm starts on Wednesday. The Brewers have another tough task as they host the Chevies in Morell. The Tigers and Jays tangle at Memorial Field while Cardigan travels to MacNeill Field to take on the Athletics in a battle for third place.

Friday night has the PEI Youth Selects and the Bombers play two at Memorial Field.

Sunday games - A 2 pm start at Clipper Field will see Stratford back in to finish the home-and-home with Cardigan. Also at 2 pm Peakes travels to Church Diamond in Morell to battle for top spot in the standings against the Chevies. Northside goes to Memorial Field to play the Tigers in a 6 pm match.

The first ever Trixie Dunn Memorial Tournament was a huge success. In the championship game the Brewers eked out a 7-6 win over the Sons of Pitches. Trixie was the anchor of the KCBL for well over 25 years and his legacy will always continue to be a part of this league and for all sports in Morell and across the Island. A huge congratulations to all who were a part of this successful tourney.

Domino’s Pizza Player of the Week is Tyson MacInnis of the Peakes Bombers. In three games MacInnis had six hits, scored four runs and three RBIs.

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