Photo by Grant McDaniel Getting the mitt on a foul ball was Sting catcher Callum Boudreau.

PETIT DE GRAT: Despite a competitive first game, the Strait Area Sting was unable to keep its winning record last Friday when playing a doubleheader under the lights.

“The Cape Breton Expos were here, and we didn’t have our best day,” said Sting coach Hughie MacDougall, following the two losses. The first was 16-13, and the second was 15-1.

“I think we can play with them, but it seemed the boys were a little nervous playing under the lights for the first time.

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“We’re a young team, so we got to work with them.”

The Sting entered the weekend with a 2-1 record, having split with the East Hants Nationals on June 10 (8-2 for East Hants and 8-7 for the Sting) and then taking down the Pictou County Orioles. That game was a 12-7 final on June 13 at the Dan Willie Memorial Ball Park in Port Hawkesbury.

This Sunday, the Sting will host the Cape Breton Cubs for a doubleheader in Port Hawkesbury at the Dan Willie field. The action starts at 11 a.m.

“These games are for classification in the Bluenose league, so we’ll see where they put us,” MacDougall said.

Although the team was unable to garner a win in Petit de Grat, MacDougall said there were some positive takeaways from the Friday outings. Once the pitchers find their stride, the coach said it’s very possible the Expos will be in for a battle.

“The guys played well, but we ran out of arms,” MacDougall said. “Some of the guys also play with the Mariners team in the RABA, and Zack pitched against Petit de Grat the night before.

“We’ll be ready the next time.”