The Alvinston Indians closed out their best of five semi-final series with Springfield on Tuesday evening, to advance to the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League Playoff finals, against the St. Thomas Storm.
Two two run home runs by Indians first baseman Jeff Ingram accounted for four runs in the fourth game of the series, as the Indians went up 5-0 early, and ended up winning the game 7-2, and the series 3-1.
The Indians scored two runs in the opening inning, when with two out Simon Rogers walked, and Ingram followed hitting his first home run of the game to make it 2-0. In the third inning, the Indians were back at it, as Jamie Shields reached via a fielder's choice with one out. Then with two out, Ingram reached base via an error, and Chris Drew followed with an RBI single to plate Rogers, who was running for Shields as there were two outs. Now with a 3-0 lead, Aaron Sotcking hit a clutch double through the infield, to plate both Ingram and Drew for a 5-0 lead. Springfield starter Todd Winkworth was then replaced by Shaun Winship, and he was able to record the final out on strikeout to end the inning.
Now with a 5-0 lead, the Brewers kept it a game in the bottom of the third, when they managed to score two runs off of Indians starter Kyle Crawford. The Brewers scored two runs on two hits, as two Alvinston errors contributed to both runs. Winkworth drove in one of the runs, while Maris and Harwood scored the runs.
Now at 5-2, Winship was shutting the door for Springfield, and they threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning, when two consecutive singles by Mark McCallum and Winship put runners on first and second with nobody out. They would advance to second and third via a wild pitch, but Indians hurler Crawford retired the next three batters via a groundout and two strikeouts, to keep the score as is, in what was a very pivotal inning in the game.
In the seventh inning, the Indians finally touched up Winship for two runs to seal the game and series win. Rogers singled up the middle with one out to start things off, and Ingram hit his second two run home run of the game, to make the score 7-2, which was the eventual final score.
Kyle Crawford was the winning pitcher in the game for Alvinston, allowing two runs (no earned runs) in seven innings of work, while allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 8 batters. Ingram, Stocking, Craig Lyons and Andy Triest both had two hits a piece in the contest, while Ingram had three runs scored, two home runs, and 4 RBI's.
Game 1 of the league's final series will go next Wednesday Sept 19 in Alvinston, beginning at 8:00pm, when St. Thomas will come to town.