Let’s Play Three!

Tripleheaders are rare at the Major League level.  In fact the last one in MLB was played 98 years ago on October 2, 1920 when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates two games to one.  They are not completely unheard of in local baseball circles due to our short baseball seasons leading to little time to play makeup games, especially when teams from Yarmouth and Sydney are involved.  Looking through the archives of local papers, I have found 11 such tripleheaders between the senior and university levels since 1992.  Here is a short summary of them.

  1. August 2, 1992: Sydney Sooners at Yarmouth Gateway Blues (Veteran’s Field).  The visiting Sooners started the day how winning the first two games by 12-7 & 7-0 scores.  The hometown Gateways salvaged the tripleheader with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.
  2. June 4, 1995: Sackville Chiefs at Yarmouth Red Knights (Veteran’s Field).  After a doubleheader rainout, the Chiefs played Yarmouth three times in one day.  Yarmouth took the opener, 6-4 while Sackville won game two 5-1.  The Red Knights won the nightcap 9-1 to win the tripleheader. [The Daily News]
  3. July 12, 1998: Sydney Sooners @ Halifax Pelham Electric Blues (Wanderers Grounds).  After having a doubleheader rained out the previous day, the Blues defeated the Sooners two games to one in a tripleheader.  The opening pitch was thrown at 11:30 am, with the last out recorded at 8:50 pm.  The Blues took game one 9-2.  The Sooners got revenge in game two with a 10-3 victory.  But the Blues took the rubber match 9-2.  Jim McEachern, the long time Sooners coach pitched in game one an inning to give his pitchers some rest. [The Daily News]
  4. August 20, 2000: Halifax Pelham Electric Blues @ Sydney Sooners (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The hometown team beat the visitors from Halifax two times in this tripleheader (doubleheader the previous day was rained out).  The Blues took game one 13-2 but lost the last two 9-2 & 8-4.  Richie Walcott hit two home runs for the Sooners this day.  [Cape Breton Post]
  5. May 20, 2001: Sydney Sooners @ Yarmouth Gateways (Veteran’s Field).  The Gateways took two out of three from the homestanding Sooners after the previous day’s doubleheader was postponed due to rain.  All games were decided by one run with Sydney winning the opener 2-1 but Yarmouth followed up with 1-0 & 2-1 victories in games two & three. [Cape Breton Post]
  6. September 19, 2004: Dalhousie Tigers @ UNB Cougars (Royals Field).  The clubs were to play two doubleheaders this weekend but wet weather forced them to play only three games, a tripleheader on Sunday afternoon.  The hometown Cougars swept the Tigers by scores of 6-4, 5-2 & 11-10. [The Daily Gleaner]
  7. July 24, 2005: Dartmouth Moosehead Dry @ Sydney Sooners (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The Sooners took two out of three against the defending national champions.  This tripleheader was played after the previous day’s doubleheader was rained out.  The Sooners took the first game 6-5.  Dartmouth came back in game two with a 7-6 win.  Then Sydney took the nightcap 9-8 in eight innings (all games were scheduled for seven).  Brad MacLean hit a sac fly in the bottom of the eight in game three to win it for Sydney.  Not surprisingly, Darren Douccette, Jamie Vallis & Joel Irvine all hit home runs for the Dry. [The Chronicle Herald]
  8. August 19, 2007: Sydney Sooners @ Halifax Canadians (Mainland Common).  The hometown Canadians swept the visitors from Cape Breton by scores of 9-0, 9-2 & 5-2.  Ryan MacInnis pitched the first 12 innings for Halifax & picked up two wins.  Ryan Veinot had a total of five hits on the day.  The tripleheader was made necessary after the previous days doubleheader was rained out. [Halifax Daily News]
  9. September 23, 2007: UNB Cougars @ St. FX X-Men (Albion Field).  The third game was actually a UNB “home” game to makeup a rain out from the previous weekend in Fredericton. Results not available. [The Evening News, New Glasgow]
  10. September 14, 2008: St. FX X-Men @ Cape Breton Capers (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park.  Results not available. [Cape Breton Post]
  11. October 16, 2011: Dalhousie Tigers @ Cape Breton Capers (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The Tigers and Capers played their entire best of three CIBA Atlantic Conference championship series in one day.  The Capers took the first game 7-0 with Justin Brewer pitching the complete game shutout.  Game two went to the Tigers 10-8.  Cape Breton won the nightcap 10-2 with Josh Spooney hitting two singles and a two run home run.  The wins advanced the Capers to the 2011 nationals that were held in Moncton.  [Cape Breton Post]
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