Pitching strong for Junior Yellowjackets

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BaseballStoryby Fred Groves

Strong pitching wins baseball games and that is what the Essex Junior Yellowjackets are banking on this season.

Thursday night at the Gaye Queen Memorial Diamond in Essex, the hosts blanked the Woodslee Junior Orioles, 9-0.

Starting pitcher Cory Lemire worked five innings before giving way to reliever Ryan Parent.

“He pitched a strong two innings,” Essex Coach Wayne Nevin said of Parent.

Jake Waters, Brennden Nevin, and leftie Nik Motruk, have also been exceptional on the hill this year so far, and Motruk tossed a one-hitter for a 1-0 loss in a recent tournament semi-final.

Against the Orioles on Thursday, Evan Harnadek got Essex on the board early when he clubbed a two-run single and then scored to make it 3-0. Tyson Way had a pair of hits for the winners and Waters had a strong game defensively at shortstop.

The game was pretty much in hand in the sixth when Jared Fuerth had a double.

“That kind of opened it up and made it 6-0,” Nevin said.

So far this season, the Yellowjackets are 17-7-1 overall and in their league, the Essex County Senior Baseball League, are 4-4-1.

Essex competed in the ‘A’ class last year, but Nevin said they have moved up to ‘AA’ for a couple of reasons.

“We moved up because so many other teams went up, and [for] a lot of our guys, this is their last year and they want to see what they can do.”

The Yellowjackets were scheduled to visit the Harrow Seniors last night (Wednesday) and are looking forward to a tournament with an international feel later this month.

On July 21, Essex will travel to Leamington where they will take on the Leamington Midgets, the Leamington Greenhouse team, and a team from the university which is comprised of players from Mexico.