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Alvinston Indians Win Home Opener

May 11,  2012


The Alvinston Indians opened up their 2012 campaign last Thursday at home versus St. Thomas, but their home opener could not be completed due to the weather. Tonight they got their first Home game in, as the Springfield Brewers came to town.

The game remained a tight affair through three innings, before the Springfield Brewers touched up Indians starting pitcher Kyle Crawford for two runs in the top of the fourth inning. A lead off walk, followed by a sac bunt, and then an RBI double, created the first run, while the second run came in on a wild pitch. Alvinston was not able to muster much offence off of Springfield starter Shaun Winship, until the fifth inning, when the Indians finally touched the scoreboard. Jeff Lyons reached base via an infield single, stole second base, and then scored on an RBI single by Aaron Stocking, to cut the deficit to 2-1. Tom Jobson went in to pinch hit, and his a tricky bunt over the pitcher to single, putting runners on first and second. Andy Triest then came to the plate, and loaded the bases with an infield single, before Joe Triest hit a funky single, that scored Stocking from third base to tie the game. Jamie Shields put the Indians in the lead, as he hit a sacrifice fly to centre field, scoring Jobson from third base. Chris Drew then reached base via an error to load the bases for Brad Young, who had the big hit doubling into the gap to score both Triest's and Drew, for a 6-2 lead.

Starting pitcher Kyle Crawford went 5 strong innings for Alvinston, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits, with 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts, and he earned the win, as the Indians scored all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth to get him the win. Brad Young came in to pitch for Alvinston in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing no hits and no runs, while striking out 1. Shaun Winship threw effectively for Springfield, but suffered the loss.

Alvinston is now 2-0 on the season, and do not play again until next Thursday night at home, versus the Glanworth Gators, at 8:00pm. Joe Triest led Alvinston by going 2/3, with two singles, a run scored, and 1 RBI.