The South Dundas Minor Pioneers 1 had their six game winning streak snapped last Wednesday, June 15, in Kemptville, when the Kemptville 1s squeezed out a close 13-12 victory.
Kemptville jumped out 5-0 after the opening inning, as the Pioneers went three up, three down, and they replied with the maximum five runs.
The Pioneer bats woke up in the second, and Ben Radley, Hudson Urquhart, and Chloee Young closed the gap to 5-3. Radley took the hill in the second and surrendered a pair of runs to make it 7-3 after two complete.
The Pioneers kept swinging in the third and it paid off as they pulled even at seven with Aiden Hutt, Cam Shaver, Mason Paradis, and Radley all scoring.
The tie, however, was short lived as Kemptville would bring three more home in the third before Radley could get out of it with his third strikeout of the inning.
Kemptville came up with a clutch pitching performance in the fourth, and the Pioneers left the bases loaded as they were fanned three times.
Kemptville tacked on another pair of runs in their half of the fourth to increase the lead to 12-7.
There was just enough time to start another inning, so this meant the “Green Machine” would need to score the maximum five runs and then hold Kemptville, in hopes of salvaging a tie.
The rally caps came out in the top of the fifth and it worked!
Wyatt Barkley, Marty McLeod, Terrence Mudde, Quinn Barrie, and Hutt crossed home plate.
Hutt was brought home on an rbi single from Radley to tie it 12-12.
Shaver took the mound in the bottom of the fifth. His first batter was 2 for 2, with a triple, single, and 4 rbi’s. With a one and two count, Shaver’s next pitch was knocked out to left field where it hit the line fair. The Kemptville runner used a pair of errors to make it home and win the game 13-12 in “walk off” fashion.
The Pioneers had no time to dwell on the loss as they were back in Kemptville Thursday night to take on the Kemptville 4 squad. This time the “Green Machine” was running on all cylinders and when it was all over, they were out front 14-8.
Hutt, Shaver, Radley, Paradis, and McLeod all scored, with McLeod coming home on an rbi single from Barrie to get the quick 5-0 start.
“Big Ben” sat down the first two batters with strikeouts, but Kemptville brought in a pair to make it 5-2. The inning ended when the Kemptville runner tried to steal home but was nabbed by Radley after receiving a quick toss from Shaver.
The second was highlighted by a two out, bases loaded triple from Terrence “Clutch” Mudde who knocked in Young, Hutt, and Shaver to make it 8-2.
Radley wasted no time getting his mates back on the sticks as he struck out three of the four batters he faced.
The Pioneers plated the maximum five runs in the third without surrendering a single out as McLeod, Urquhart, Barrie, Barkley, and Young all touch home plate to make it 13-2.
Kemptville got one back in the third to make it 13-3. The duo of Radley and Shaver would once again catch a runner trying to steal home. This time it was Radley giving Shaver the quick toss at the dish.
Radley scored the lone run for the Pioneers in the fourth while Kemptville brought five home for a 14-8 final.
The Pioneers will take their league leading 8 and 2 record into a four game home stand, starting this Thursday.