Majors Stay Alive with Great First Inning
London Majors BaseballEtay Kuperman
The London Majors were looking to keep their season alive and avoid the sweep against the Welland Jackfish after a heartbreaking 6-3 loss on Friday. In which London was up 3-0 going into the 8th inning, when Welland rallied to scored six runs in the final two innings to win the game.
It was quarterfinal of Intercounty baseball league playoffs. The London Majors came in as the league’s 5th seed finishing the season at 18-18. The Welland Jackfish came in as the league's 4th seed finishing the season at 19-17.
London held on to the keep the series and their season alive winning 11-6.
London’s had a shaky start giving up three hits and one run in the top of the 1st. With one out and runners on third and second, starting pitcher Juliandry Higuera forced a flyout then a ground out to end the inning.
Welland’s lead would be short lived, however, as London scored six runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. They had RBI from Ismael Pena, Josh Williams and two RBI each from Carlos Arteaga and Myles Miller. “
We need our offence to get going, our offence has been a little bit stagnant in this series, and they got it going, it was good to see,” said head coach Roop Chanderdat after the game on his team’s offensive outburst in the first inning.
The Majors offensive prevalence didn’t stop after the first inning. They scored four runs in the next three innings including a two-run Homerun by infielder Josh Williams, which was his third RBI on the night. “…it’s one of those things, if I run into one, I definitely know right off the bat. Right when I hit it I was like oooh oppo (opposite field) nice," commented Williams about his homerun afterwards. This was Josh’s first career IBL homerun.
After a shaky first inning, pitcher Juliandry Higuera settled down, finishing the game with 7 IP, three strikeouts and three walks, giving up six runs. “He was struggling a bit to find his command, but you know he settled in and battled for us, as you would expect your ace to do,” Chanderdat said.
In the top of the 8th inning relief pitcher Jon Fitzsimmons came in preserve the win, pitching two scoreless innings.
Game 5 will be Tuesday at 7:30pm in Welland.