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Hantsport Shamrocks victorious in NSIBL home opener

Sean Croft slides into second base during the Shamrocks’ opening game against the Pictou County Albions.
Sean Croft slides into second base during the Shamrocks’ opening game against the Pictou County Albions.

HANTSPORT, N.S. — Home team onlookers were pleased with the Hantsport Shamrock’s performance during their first two games of the season on May 21.

The Shamrocks defeated the Pictou County Albions 5-3 in the first game and then 11-6 during the second.

Shamrocks head coach Adrian Lloy said he was pleased with how the season started.

“We’re still a fairly young team with some new pieces but it’s a very encouraging start to the season,” Lloy said.

Hantsport Shamrocks pitcher Matt Lloy helped lead his team to victory in the first round against the Pictou County Albions on May 21.

He said his brother, Matt Lloy, who pitched the first game, was key to their success.

Tim Clayton pitched four innings in the second game, with Eric Such finishing off the remaining three innings to help with the win, Lloy said.

“It was a team effort on offence; we still have a lot to work on,” he said. “We’re a young team, had a lot of growing pains last year, but we’re just going to keep trying to improve.”

Lloy said he was happy to see so many people come out for their home opener and hopes that the people of Hantsport continue to support the team.

Matt Russell, No. 11, attempts to stop a Pictou Albions player in Hantsport.

“Hantsport has always been a great baseball town and that’s why I’ve always loved playing here,” he said.

The Shamrocks return to action on May 28, hosting the Noel Road Blue Jays, who are three time provincial champions.

In other Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League action on May 21, the Noel Road Blue Jays defeated the Truro Bearcats 14-4; the Windsor Knights had a decisive victory over the Kennetcook Braves with a score of 17-5, but in the second game the Braves came back with a score of 10-9 over Windsor.

The Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League teams are back at it on June 4 across the province after games on May 28.

Mat Russell, No. 11 with the Hantsport Shamrocks, rushes for first base.

Upcoming games

June 4, 2017

• The Noel Road Blue Jays take on the Pictou County Royals in Stellarton at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• The Shamrocks take on the Kennetcook Braves at Noel Road at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• The Pictou County Albions take on the Windsor Knights in Windsor at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• The Shelburne County Schooners take on the Truro Bearcars in Truro at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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