Dartmouth Drops Opener at Nationals
The Dartmouth Moosehead Dry were stymied by a dominant pitching performance from Red Deer Riggers hurler Dustin Northcott. Northcott fired a one-hitter in leading the Albertan team to a 5-0 victory in the Dry’s opening game at the National tournament.
Matt Thomas’s fifth inning single was the only blemish on Northcott’s day. It was the only time the Dry appeared to threaten as Thomas then stole secondbase, and advanceed to third on Chris Gallivan’s groundout to second. But Northcott got Matt Denney to hit a one-hopper back to the mound to end the inning.
The Riggers scored two runs in the third as Jason Chatwood singled, Byron Whitford walked, and pitcher Jason Bailey threw wide of first on a perfect bunt by Mike Ronnie. That allowed Chatwood to score. Jaret Chatwood scored Whitford with a sacrifice fly to left.
Red Deer iced it in the fifth when Shayne Court singled and Denver Wik blasted a two-run homer into the mesh high above the wall in left field. Whitford delivered the final run on a sacrifice fly after Matt Fay reached on an error, was sacrificed to second, and moved to third on a wild pitch.
The Dry return to action Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. against Newfoundland/Labrador who lost 4-0 to the Mississauga Twins this morning.