Expos Repeat as CCIBL Champs
The Oromocto Pizza Expos have retained the CCIBL championship for the 2018 season and have captured their 6th title in the last 7 seasons with a series sweep over the Snooty Fox Blue Jays.
Game 1 saw veteran pitchers Alex Yaychuk (Jays) and Steven Somerville (Expos) square off for what can only be imagined as the 40th time in history. The Jays struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Expos answered back with two of their own in the bottom half. Somerville went on cruise control from there holding the Jays down for the rest of the game. Tyler Lyle had 3 hits on the evening for the Jays while Kyle Hazlett led the charge for the Expos with two clutch hits racking up 3 RBI on the night. The final score was 12-2 in a mercy shortened - 6 inning - affair.
In game 2, Expo rookie and regular season MVP - Cameron Urquhart took the mound and managed to keep the Jays at bay for five strong innings giving up only one run. Steven Murphy hurled for the Jays and was relieved in the 5th inning by Tyler Lyle, who also had 4 hits of his own, including a solo homerun in the 5th. Kyle Hazlett led the charge once again for the Expos with 3 more RBI and 2 hits on the night.
The Blue Jays will head to the Intermediate 'B' Provincials in Woodstock this weekend while the Expos will make the trek north to Tracadie to defend their Intermediate 'A' Provincial Championship title.
Best of luck to both teams as well as the 'B' host - Woodstock Shiretowners on the weekend.
Blue Jays Sweep in Upset to Face Expos
The Snooty Fox Blue Jays wrestled away three straight wins with strong pitching performances by Alex Yachuk, Steve Murphy/Geoff Loukes, and Tyler Lyle. The three game sweep of the second-place Shiretowners sets up a CCIBL final against the Oromocto Pizza Expos who advanced in four games over the Vikings, finishing on a 1-hit performance by Matt MacGregor on Sunday.
Game 1 of the series is set to begin on Tuesday, August 28 at Royals Field. Game time is 6:30PM.
Game 2 - Royals Field - 6:30PM
Game 3 (if Necessary) - Royals Field - 6:30PM
The winner will represent the CCIBL at the Provincial 'A' Championships in Tracadie Sept 7th-9th.
The Second place finisher will represent the CCIBL at the Provincial 'B' Championships hosted by the Woodstock Shiretowners on Sept 7th-9th.
Good luck to all three teams moving on the provincials.
Game 1 of the semifinal matchup between the first place Oromocto Pizza Expos and the fourth place Vikings is set to start tonight at 6:30 at Royals Field. Come on out and watch some playoff baseball.
It's a Thursday - what else do you have to do?
Yaychuk and Drier Lock Horns in Pitchers' Duel
The Snooty Fox Blue Jays traded in some brownie points to send Alex Yaychuk to the bump in game 1 of the CCIBL semifinal matchup against the Woodstock Shiretowners. The Shiretowners countered with an ace of their own sending Jordan Drier to the mound. Drier held the Blue Jays lineup lifeless until the Shiretowners were unraveled in the top of the 8th inning on 2 strike count to Mark Nicholson. Nicholson cashed in the speedy veteran, Billy Dealy, to take a 1-run lead. Yaychuk held the Shiretowners scoreless through 8 to protect the lead and the game one victory on the road.
Keep an eye on this series folks, sparks are set to fly.
Expos Clinch First Place as CCIBL Regular Season Draws Down to Final Games
The Oromocto Pizza Expos clinched their 4th consecutive Capital City Intermediate Baseball League Regular Seasons champions banner with a 14-1-1 record. The Expos were carried by spark plug Josh Fenety who raked a league leading .487 average, and team rookie sensation Cameron Urquhart who dominated on the mound as well as at the plate. Team ace Matt MacGregor found his form, 2 seasons removed from his New Brunswick Senior Baseball League Rookie of the Year Award.
The Woodstock Shiretowners have wrapped up second place as the Vikings, Blue Jays and Orioles all battle it out for 3rd place and a chance to advance directly to the playoffs.
The final spot will be determined by a single game play-in game between the two last place teams. Playoffs begin August 7.
Round 1 will be a best-of-five series (1v4, 2v3) while round 2 will be a best-of-three series between the two winners of round 1 with top ranked team in regular season claiming home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Windy Tuesday on Baseball Hill
On a windy night up at Royals Field atop Baseball Hill, the Oromocto Pizza Expos topped the Orioles 13-3 in a mercy shortened game 1, while the Snooty Fox Blue Jays fell to the Vikings 12-5.
Stephen Somerville stymied the resurgent Orioles offense hurling 5 innings for the Expos allowing 3 runs, 1 earned. MacNeil took the loss for the Orioles yielding 9 runs on the night. Chris Thomas came on in relief for the Orioles in the third, but last just the 2.2 innings, faltering in the bottom of the 5th after allowing a couple of walks. Adam Kerr finished off the relief effort. For the Expos, Kevin McCarthy made his season debut on the bump working two innings of relief.
Offensively, the Expos combined for 12 hits led by Kyle McLean, Matt MacGregor, Mark MacNevin and Kevin McCarthy each picking up two hits. Thomas Cromwell kept pace for the Orioles adding a couple of hits of his own.
In Game 2, the Snooty Fox Blue Jays sent Kent Freese to the mound who was rattled around by an explosive offense from the Vikings who had just finished a fresh round of BP in the cage working out some kinks in the swings. New Head Coach, Andrew Agar was proud of his team's effort on the evening as they chalked another one into the win column. The legend of Link continues to grow as the Vikings' pitcher tossed a gem in this one. The Vikings prevailed 12-5 on the evening.
Murphy Dials Back Clock to Shutout Expos
The Snooty Fox Blue Jays (1-3) ended two streaks on Wednesday in their 6-0 against the Oromocto Pizza Expos (3-1). The Expos' undefeated streak dating back to game 2 of the 2017 season came to a crashing halt at the hands of veteran Steve Murphy and the Jays, snapping their own 3-game losing streak to start the season. Murphy dialed back the clock showing glimpses of his former UNB Cougar days while shutting out the Expos. Matt MacGregor took the loss as the Expos sputtered offensively, being shut out for the first time in almost three years, and committed six errors defensively.
Expos Top Shiretowners in Battle for First Place in Week 1
In a battle for first place, the Oromocto Pizza Expos traveled to Woodstock on Wednesday night to take on the Shiretowners. After a lineup card mishap in the first inning caused some unexpected defensive changes for the Shiretowners, the Expos jumped on the opportunity in the third inning putting up five runs on four hits and three errors.
The Shiretowners kept it close as a 6-3 game until the Expos added one more in the sixth inning and six more in the top of the seventh inning. For the Expos, Cam Urquhart and Mark MacNevin combined for the one-hitter leaving Cole Giberson with the only Shiretowner hit on the night. Urquhart grabbed the win hurling four innings allowing three runs on one hit and four walks. MacNevin worked three innings of relief allowing one walk and striking out seven. Corey Dickinson took the loss for the Shiretowners allowing six runs, one earned, on seven hits across four complete innings.
Offensively for the Expos, Josh Fenety continues to lead the charge racking up three more singles on the night. Mike Miles, Kyle McLean, and Kyle Hazlett each added a pair singles while former Woodstock Slammer and local socialite; Pete MacIntosh added the only extra base hit on the night with a 2-run double.
After the first week of the season, the Expos sit 3-0 and the Shiretowners settle into a tie for second place, with the Orioles, holding a 1-1 record.
On a fun-filled Tuesday night up at Royals Field, the Orioles topped the Snooty Fox Blue Jays, 5-4, in a thrilling 6th inning comeback. Geoff Loukes was saddled with the loss, leaving Alex Yaychuk with the no decision. Chris Thomas converted the save to shut down the seventh inning Jays attack for the Orioles.
Game 2 on the night featured the newly minted Vikings and the Oromocto Pizza Expos. Vikings jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first but the Expos quickly erased the lead putting up five runs of their own in the bottom half leading to an 11-5 final for the Expos. Stephen Somerville tossed 3 innings, allowing Ashten Francis to claim the win for the Expos while hurling 3 scoreless innings. Andrew Meek was saddled with the loss, while recently promoted prospect Warren Condie shined for the Vikings tossing the final three innings lighting up the radar gun and causing a buzz among the scouts.
Wednesday night action has the Oromocto Pizza Expos on the road to visit the Woodstock Shiretowners for a 7:30PM start to battle for the early first place position. Back at Royals Field for a 6:30PM start, the Orioles and Vikings will square off.
Jays Fall to Shiretowners
The Snooty Fox Blue Jays took a hard fought 3-2 loss to the visiting Woodstock Shiretowners.
Incumbent starter Tyler Lyle took the loss as Jeff "Chunk" MacTavish provided the relief effort for the Jays, holding the Shiretowners to the 3 runs. Shiretowners' ace lefty, Cameron Graham shut down the Blue Jays offense holding them to 2 runs in the heated affair.
Snooty Fox Blue Jays take on the Orioles Tuesday night at 6:30PM Royals Field while the Shiretowners draw the Oromocto Pizza Expos on their third game in 4 days on Wednesday in Woodstock.
Expos Take Early Lead in Game 1
The Oromocto Pizza Expos took game 1 of the CCIBL regular season after a postponed game got moved to Sunday May 27th against the Orioles. Matthew MacGregor made his CCIBL debut for the Expos taking the win in the mercy shortened affair. MacGregor tossed four scoreless innings scattering just two hits and four walks. Mike Miles closed out the game for the Expos. Adam Kerr was stuck with the loss after one bad inning unraveled the Orioles in the 3rd. Also making his CCIBL debut for the Orioles was Chris Thomas, graduating from the Junior ranks. Thomas worked two innings of relief for the Orioles.
Offensively, Greg Hallett carried the Expos with a bases clearing double in the second inning. David Clark was 2 for 2 on the night with a single and a double.
Orioles' next game is May 29th at 6:30PM Royals Field to take on the Snooty Fox Blue Jays
Expos' next game is May 29th at 8:30PM Royals Field to take on the Vikings
Game start times have been updated in the schedule.
Capital City Intermediate Baseball League 2018 Season Opener
The defending Intermediate Provincial 'A' Champion - Oromocto Pizza Expos, kick off the 2018 CCIBL season taking on last year's 6th place finisher - Orioles at 6:00PM on Baseball Hill (Royals Field).
The Orioles experienced a bit of a rebuild last year and have added to their arsenal to push up the ranks in the 2018 season as this year's sleeper pick. Led by team ace, Adam Kerr, the Orioles will look to start their season off with a bang.
The Expos have experienced a turnover this year, unlike previous years and look to keep the undefeated streak alive which dates back to game 1 of the 2017 season. Pitcher Brad McQueen and shortstop Isaac Thomas have graduated to the Senior Royals ranks. The Expos were fortunate enough to see the return of Kevin McCarthy and Matt MacGregor to fill in the voids left by McQueen and Thomas. MacGregor, the 2015 New Brunswick Senior Baseball League Rookie of the Year, hopes the time off last season has rejuvenated his arm as he joins Expo rotation fixtures Mike Miles and Steve Sommerville.