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
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
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.