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Alvinston Indians Back on Winning Track

friday july 5, 2013

A week after a lacklustre performance by the Indians on home turf, they hosted the Morpeth Magic in St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League action, and got back on the winning track.
The Magic sent young, 18 year-old pitcher Steven Mallott to the mound, and while he may have had a tough evening in the circle, against the Indians strong batting order; he represents a great young talent in our league for years to come.  Alvinston countered with their ace Kyle Crawford, who was dominant on the evening yet again. 
The Indians opened the scoring early, when Craig Lyons walked, Jamie Shields followed with a single, and then Jeff Lyons hit a three run homerun to start off the scoring for Alvinston, and provide an early 3-0 lead. 
The Indians would mark again in the third inning, when Ty Sebastian tripled with one out, and scored on a sharp RBI single by Brad Cooper. 
In the fourth inning, Morpeth scored their only run on the evening, when Kyle Vink was hit by a pitch with two out, and advanced to third base via a Darryl Smith single, and Vink would score on the same play, after an outfield error by the Indians.  However, in the home half of the fourth, Alvinston put their stamp on the game.  Shields tripled with one out, while Jeff Lyons walked and stole second base, putting runner on second and third.  Joe Triest then walked to load the bases, and Ty Sebastian followed suit with a walk as well, which plated Shields for the Indians fifth run.  Then, Brad Cooper did it again for the Indians, hitting another sharp single up the middle to score both Lyons and Aaron Stocking, who re-entered the game to run for Joe Triest.  After four complete innings, the score was 7-1 for Alvinston. 
In the fifth inning, Alvinston added one more run, to close out the game, when C. Lyons singled, Shields walked, and Jeff Lyons hit an RBI single into the gap to score C. Lyons.  The final score was Alvinston 8, Morpeth 1. 
Crawford pitched five innings on the evening, allowing one run, but it was unearned.  He allowed 1 hit in his five innings of work, he walked no one, but did hit a batter, and had 12 strikeouts in what was a dominating performance for the Indians pitcher.
The win improved the Indians record to 10-2 on the season, and it puts the Indians in first place in the league standings, with half of the schedule to go, in what will be a busy July for Alvinston.  The Indians play this Sunday at home versus Shedden.  Stay tuned to the radio for the time of the game.  They will also play Monday in Glencoe at 8:00pm, Wednesday in Glanworth at 8:00pm, and Thursday back at home versus Springfield at 8:00pm.





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