Half of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League final is set after the Brandon Marlins completed their best-of-five semifinal sweep of the Reston Rockets on Sunday evening at Andrews Field.
Ryan Duncan was 3-for-4 and scored twice in the Marlins’ 5-0 win to book their ticket into the championship series. The game was scoreless through four innings before the Marlins broke out for three runs in the fifth and added a few insurance markers later to put the game away. It’s the first time in the series a contest was decided by more than one run, and Duncan believes his team played one of its best games.
"We just wanted to play hard that game just to prove we can play hard when we want to," he said. "We tried the other two games, but today it clicked. Everything worked well, everyone hit. It was good."
Shayne MacGranachan went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Bret Heselwood scored a run and drove another in for the Marlins. Paul Thompson pitched for seven innings, scattering five hits and striking out six to earn the win. Duncan closed out the contest.
Cole Stober took the loss for the Rockets. He gave up four runs — three earned — in seven innings. Andrew Lochhead had a pair of hits for Reston.
Meanwhile, in Neepawa, the Brandon Cloverleafs moved within a game of advancing to the final with a 13-7 win over the host Farmers.
Matt Gunning went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and six RBIs as the Cloverleafs grabbed a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.
Pearce McDonald scored twice and drove in two other runs, while Sean Dryden gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings for the win.
Garett Rempel went six innings and gave up seven runs to take the loss, while Torey Scott went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Brandon will try to close out the series on Tuesday when the Cloverleafs host Game 3 at Andrews Field at 7 p.m.
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