Majors Win!

Majors Beat Maple Leafs In A Rout

Roger Cumberbatch

As human beings, we have the ability to remember and to forget.  Yes, knowing how to forget something, or someone is an important skill to possess.  Athletes, both amateur and professional alike, need to harness their inner forgetfulness, especially after a subpar performance or negative experience.  The London Majors, for instance, were able to shake off a disappointing showing on Canada Day, to bounce back and peel off two wins in a row this week, including Friday’s 11-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The win also puts London closer to the IBL leading Kitchener Panthers, who lead the Majors by only 1.5 games in the standings. The Maple Leafs’ loss hurts even more, seeing themselves slip to 2 games behind London, when a win would have launched Toronto ahead of the Majors.  

Joan Montero started the game on the mound for London and for the most part, pitched a solid game, lasting just over 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits.  The Majors’ Braedon Ferrington came on in relief of Montero, and closed out the remaining 3 innings and change, surrendering 1 run from 2 hits.

The bats for London, provided more than enough support for their pitchers, clobbering the Maple Leafs pitching all over the field and city for that matter.  When the dust had cleared, and the crying was finished, the Majors lit up the scoreboard with 11 runs from 15 hits. The majority of the damage came at the expense of Toronto’s Justin Cicatello, who coughed up 10 runs off of 12 hits, none more special than the homerun by Cleveland Brownlee.  Brownlee tied the record for most regular season hits by a Major, set by Dave Byers, with his 69th dinger of his career. The always humble Brownlee, spoke postgame about his appreciation for the show of support from the fans, teammates, and opposing players from the Maple Leafs. Now he can relax, swing the bat freely, with no pressure, knowing that most likely, the record will be his at some point this season.  

London is on the road this weekend, starting with a trip to Brantford for a Saturday matinee, before heading to Hamilton to play the Cardinals on Sunday.  Wednesday will be the next home game for the Majors and their opponents will be Guelph Royals. A sweep of the weekend, in combination with losses by Kitchener and Barrie, would propel London into 1st place in the IBL standings.  The Majors appear to be ready to send a strong message to the rest of the league that they are ready to win it all. Only time will tell, but they are off to a great start.