Scott inspires Hornets to victory
Jason Scott probably awoke Thursday morning feeling a little beaten up but another Belfast Hornets victory was undoubtedly a suitable balm.
The rookie right fielder was hit by pitches three times on Wednesday evening as the Northstars (4-8) were taken down 8-3 at Hydebank Park.
Advertised as a pitcher’s duel between Mark Smith and Melvin Woods, the game wouldn’t disappoint with Smith ( 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10K) taking the win and improving his team to a 9-1 record. Before leaving with tightness in his arm, Woods (6 H, 6R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 8 K) was himself on his way to a solid outing before the ball was handed to Will Mitchell in the last inning.
Unfortunately for Woods’ Northstars, the Hornets provided a more balanced attack, led from the leadoff spot By Sean Gottschalk (3 H, 2 RBI, 2 SB).
Northstars coach Darwin Sanchez would attempt to motivate his team with an inside-the-park home run in the third inning but unfortunately for the maroon and gold, four errors and seven men left on base gave them little chance to catch the expansion Hornets.
In a game that included spotty defence on both sides, both coaches will be looking for tighter fielding as the season moves into its second half.
Angels scuttle the Buccaneers
A drizzly Hydebank Park greeted the Belfast Angels and the Bangor Buccaneers today but the weather could not dampen the drama that would unfold over the course of the afternoon.
With last week’s one run loss against the Cubs still ringing in their ears, the Angels were determined not to fall behind early again and, as they got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and got out to a 4-0 lead by the third, confidence would begin to grow.
The Buccaneers however had other plans for Jonny Craven and Jay Slevin’s team.
A seven run explosion in the fourth would shock the Angels, as would the three runs added on in the fifth and, after playing stellar defence, another four in the sixth to run out to a 15-6 lead.
The Halos would not roll over however, utilising savvy baserunning to claw back four runs as the game moved into its last inning.
In the seventh, Sinead Shackley, Melvin Woods and Sean Shackley would themselves put on a defensive clinic, giving the Angels the best chance of reigning in the visitors.
Woods would get things started in the bottom of the seventh eventually leading to the game being tied and going to extras and, with Jonny Craven at second base in the bottom of the eighth, the big lefthander would send a frozen rope out to right field, giving Craven more than enough time to round third and home into the arms of his victorious teammates.
Next up for the Belfast Angels are the league leading Sliders at Hydebank on Tuesday night at 7pm.
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