Cubs win pair on the road

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A double-header in Byron Satuday didn't change much in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

The Kincardine Cubs are still undefeated and at the top of the standings, while the Byron Storm is still winless and at the bottom of the MOSBL table.

The Cubs cruised to a pair of wins on the road, despite playing some sloppy baseball at times.

Dylan Sayle took to the hill for the first half of this double-header already up three runs courtesy of three straight singles and a wild pitch. A Scott Austin double scored two more runs in the second inning, and then Austin made it 6-0 when he scored on another wild pitch. Sheldon McBride, Dane Dunlop and Austin all had RBI singles in the third, and the Cubs were up 9-0.

Byron got on the board in the third inning. A walk and two singles broke the ice, and the Storm scored three more times in the fourth, two of them unearned, and it was 9-4.

Any momentum was halted in the fifth when Dunlop hit a two-out single and scored on a pair of fielding errors later in the inning. The Cubs tacked on four more runs in the seventh, with McBride, Dunlop, Chris Inkster and Paul Boyadjian all crossing the plate to make it a 14-4 game.

Boyadjian finished the game on the mound. The Storm scored twice more on a walk and two base hits to make it a 14-6 final. Sayle picked up his second win of the season, throwing five innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out five.

Kincardine ace Nate Kramer took the ball for the second game Saturday. He pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run. He struck out 10 batters, allowed five hits and walked just one batter.

Just like in the first game, the Cubs provided plenty of run support. Once again Kincardine was up by three runs before taking the field. Austin and Marcinko had RBI singles and Inkster scored on an error in the top of the first. Cobean brought Jared Allingham home with a single in the second and then scored on a wild pitch to give Kincardine a 5-0 lead.

Byron battled back in the third, scoring one run with three straight singles. Sloppy defence led to a pair of unearned runs. Connor Yourth made it 6-3 when he scored Marcinko with a sacrifice fly to left field. The Storm booted the ball around the field enough to let two more Kincardine runners cross home plate in the fourth. Austin cleared the bases with a double in the fifth that made the score 11-3. The Storm picked up another unearned run in the sixth inning, but Kincardine put this game out of reach when Dunlop scored Yourth and McBride with a base hit. The final score was 13-4.

With the wins, Kincardine improved to 5-0 on the season. Byron fell to 0-6.

The Cubs will put that undefeated record on the line Friday night in Hanover against the Hitmen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Raceway Diamond in Hanover.

The Cubs are also getting geared up for the Mike McLelland Classic, set for July 2. Sarnia and New Lowell, both AA teams, will be visiting Connaught Park in Kincardine for the Memorial Classic as the Cubs introduce a new format for the always popular event. Watch next week's edition of the Kincardine Independent for more details on that.