BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
The woes of the Kentville Wildcats continue in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League.
The ’Cats lost a pair of games last week to drop to 5-12 on the season, two games behind fourth-place Truro and three behind third-place Sydney.
July 21, Kentville hosted Truro in what was pretty much a must-win contest to prevent the Wildcats from falling any further behind in the standings.
The short-staffed Wildcats (Kentville played the game with just 11 players, including player-coach Ian Mosher) gave starter Curtis Falls some early support by scoring three first-inning runs.
On the one hand, Kentville really didn’t do anything spectacularly offensive to earn their early lead.
Truro starter Sheldon Ryan opened the game by walking the first five batters, walking in a pair of runs. Rob Shepherd then made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly before Ryan settled down and finished the inning.
That, however, would be all the scoring the Wildcats would muster in the game, as they ended up with three runs on five hits and one Truro error.
Truro, meanwhile, chipped away at the lead, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the seventh to tie the score, then pushing across the winning run in a 4-3 win on Guy Pellerine’s RBI single in the top of the ninth.
Truro scored their four runs on 12 hits off Falls, who went the distance, and a pair of Kentville errors, one by usually sure-handed shortstop Ian Lockhart and the other by Shepherd, playing out of position at third.
Craig Field, the third of three Truro pitchers, got credit for the win.
Mike Lockhart had a double for Kentville, and Falls, Luke Smith and Ryan Pearl had singles. Pellerine and Chisholm each had two singles for Truro,
July 18, the Wildcats hosted Halifax in an afternoon contest.
The Pelham Canadians teed off on three Kentville pitchers for 11 runs on 20 hits in an 11-5 win.
Halifax scored single runs in each of the first five innings, then struck for four in the sixth and added two more in the ninth.
Kentville, which finished with five runs on 10 hits, scored twice in the fifth and three times in the seventh, but was never closer than three runs after the third inning.
Mike Butler earned the win for Halifax, while Corey Kent, the Wildcats’ starter, was tagged with the loss.
Barrett Bellefontaine, normally a pitcher, played in the field on this occasion and finished with four singles. Josh Pelham had three singles and a double and three RBIs, and Ryan Veinot finished with three singles.
For Kentville, Falls continued what has been a fine 2010 season offensively with two singles, a double and two RBI, and Ian Lockhart contributed three singles.
The Wildcats travelled to Sydney this past Saturday for their final meeting of the season with the Sooners. This week, Kentville has a pair of games with Halifax, July 27 in Metro and July 31 at Memorial Park. Prior to the latter game, a 4 p.m. start, a special ceremony will take place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Wildcats’ 1985 national championship team. Several of the 1985 team’s members are expected to be in attendance.