BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for the Kentville senior Wildcats, but they’re still in the hunt for the fourth and final NSSBL playoff berth after sweeping a key doubleheader from the Truro Bearcats August 8 in Truro.
For a change, the Wildcats had most of their regular lineup available. It showed, as they swept the twinbill 13-4 and 16-4.
Most notably, Kentville had both Kevin Nichols and Curtis Falls on tap as well-rested starting pitchers and, thanks to a 28-hit outburst from their teammates, both ended up winners.
In the first game, the Wildcats plated 13 runs on 15 hits and were helped by five Truro errors. The Bearcats managed 10 hits off Nichols, Shayne Conrad and Pete Sonier; but trailed 8-1 entering the bottom of the fourth.
Truro starter Brandon Mallaly, who pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Joe MacPherson, took the loss.
Nick Hill led the Wildcats’ offense with two doubles, two singles and four RBI. Rob Shepherd added a double and two singles and drove in three, and Ian Lockhart chipped in two singles and a triple.
Jason Davis, Matt Davis and Tyler Delaney each had a double and single for the Bearcats.
In the second game, Falls, Bobby Selby and Logan VanBlarcom combined on a six-hitter, though Truro did manage to turn their six hits into four runs with the help of three Kentville errors. The Wildcats, meanwhile, scored 16 more runs on 15 hits and four more Bearcats’ miscues.
Again, Kentville led 8-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, then scored four more in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the ninth.
Truro scored one in the first, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, with a Joe MacPherson homer the only real damage.
For Kentville, Falls helped his own cause with two singles and a home run. Player-coach Ian Mosher, who caught the entire second game plus seven innings of the first, added a homer and single and three RBI.
Shepherd continued a solid day’s work with a double and single and three RBI. David MacIntyre contributed three singles and two RBI, and fellow junior call up Shayne MacInnis had two singles.
The two wins improved Kentville’s season record to 8-14 and, more importantly, leapfrogged the Wildcats past Truro (7-14) and into fourth place in the standings by half a game.
The teams will play another key doubleheader August 15, this time at Memorial Park with game times at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Wildcats were scheduled to host Dartmouth August 11.