Halifax Takes the NSSBL Title
Steve Ivey threw one of his finest games of his career. With the Canadians’ pitching staff decimated by injuries, teammates looked to Ivey to deliver in a big way, and he didn’t disappoint when it matter most.
The Halifax pitcher held the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry to seven singles and struck out nine enroute to Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians claiming the 2011 Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League Championship with a 5-2 win the decisive game seven Tuesday night in Dartmouth.
Ivey was rarely in trouble, but when the Dry threatened he was sensational. In the second and sixth innings the Dry managed to put runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but each time Ivey was able to work out of the jam.
The two runs allowed by the Halifax starter came in the nineth and were unearned. Chris Gallivan singled and Chris Head reached on an error. Darren Doucette’s ground ball with 2 outs was misplayed by Ryan Veinot, allowing the runners to score. He then struck out Greg West, the league’s top hitter during the regular season, for his third strikeout of the inning.
Shawn Peverill, a key run producer for the Canadians all season, had two singles and three RBIs to lead the Halifax offense. Ryan Veinot doubled and scored three runs, while playing a solid game at shortstop, despite the late game mishap. Shawn Walsh and Jeff Tousenard also doubled for the Canadians.
Justin Stephens had two of the seven singles for the Dry.
Mark Haverstock was selected as the playoff MVP. Haverstock went 4-1 in the postseason after winning nine games in the regular season.
Along with the Championship, Halifax earns the honour of representing the province at next year’s senior nationals to be held in Prince George,B.C.