By Greg Bennett
They may have lost their first two games, but players and coaches of the new Shelburne Schooners say growing pains will turn into wins soon.
Coach Davis Nickerson said that he was very impressed with the team last weekend despite 5-0 and 5-1 losses against Windsor.
In the first match-up, the 5-0 loss, Darren Deinstadt pitched the complete game and struck out nine batters. Dallas Donaldson had two hits and Deinstadt stroked a double.
In game two Jeff Ross pitched the loss. At the plate Chad Hallet had two hits and a sacrifice fly which scored Dallas Donaldson who also contributed with a double.
Coach Nickerson said the players’ attitudes were great and even though they lost, they still played well. The coach expected to get his team on the field some more and work on the little things.
“Then we will be a tough team to beat in the league,” he said.
The Schooner’s first home game will be on Saturday, June 7 at 1 p.m. as they host the Kennetcook Braves for a doubleheader in Clarks Harbour at the F.A. Brannen Memorial Field.
The second part of the double header will start at 3 p.m.
The Shelburne County Schooners were officially welcomed into the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League in April.
The six-team league, which includes teams from Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Hants, Pictou, Windsor and Noel Road has expanded to eight teams this summer with the addition of the Shelburne team and a team from Chezzetcook.
The idea for a new team was first pitched in December by local university baseball player Darren Deinstadt. The 20-year-old played for the Yarmouth Gateways last year, travelling back and forth at least twice a week for games and practices. Deinstadt was among many who believed that there was enough talent and interest in the game in Shelburne County to field a competitive intermediate team.
Home games will be played in Shelburne and Clarks Harbour.
The Shelburne team will not take on the neighbouring Yarmouth Gateways until mid-July.