The Shedden Mission hosted the Alvinston Indians on Thursday night in Fingal. A quality crowd was on hand in game two, to watch two very competitive teams.
This game would pit Indians ace Kyle Crawford, against Mission veteran Jason Dawdy, and the crowd was treated to a very exciting game.
Shedden opened the scoring in their half of the first inning, when Ty Lynch reached base via an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Pat Haggerty, and would eventually score on a two-out RBI single by Jeff MacPherson. Shedden would strike again in the third inning, when with two out, Gary Cooke walked, and consecitive singles by Jason Dawdy, and Jeff MacPherson once again, plated Cooke for the game's second run, and a 2-0 Shedden lead.
Alvinston finally got their bats going in the fourth inning, when Aaron Stocking hit one to the fence that the Shedden outfielder was not able to reel in, and Stocking ended up on third base. Brad Cooper then followed for the Indians, with an RBI single to plate Stocking and get the Indians on the board. The next two batters for Alvinston became outs, and that brought Indians right fielder Alix Chisholm to the plate with two out, and Chisholm promptly deposited the first pitch over the centrefield fence, for a two-run homerun, and a 3-2 Alvinston lead.
However, Shedden would answer back in their half of the fourth inning. Brent Dawdy walked with one out, and the throw to second on a pass ball, in an attempt to get Dawdy at second base went to the outfield, and took an unimaginable hop over the head of the Indians outfielder, allowing Brent Dawdy to score all the way from first base, for the game's tying run.
The Indians threatened in the top of the fifth inning. They had runners on first and second with two out, and Shedden was forced to make a pitching change to bring in game 1 starter Nic Goetz, who shut the door on the Indians in the fifth, recording the third out of the inning.
In the Shedden half of the fifth, their offence got going again, when with one out, Gary Cooke singled. The next batter was Jason Dawdy, and he hit a solid single into centrefield, when once again, the ball took a funny hop on the outfielder, enough to allow Cooke to score the game's go ahead run, and putting Shedden in the lead once again, 4-3.
The Indians were headed into their final at bat in the top of the seventh, needing a run to prolong the game. Leadoff hitter Joe Triest did just that for the Indians, hammering a ball to straight away center to tie the game.
With the game tied 4-4. The Indians needed to shut down the Mission in their half of the seventh inning, to send the game to extra innings, for the second straight game. Cooke got the Mission going when he reached base for the third time in the game, this time by a walk. Dan Hutchings went in to run for Cooke, and Jason Dawdy laid down a well executed sacrifice bunt to advance Hutchings to second. The Indians elected to walk MacPherson to put runners on first and second, and to keep the force play intact. The next batter was Mike Unwin, and he hit a ball to the second baseman which was misplayed for an error, allowing Hutchings to score the winning run, in what was a 5-4 Shedden win.
Goetz was the winning pitcher for Shedden, while Crawford took the loss for Alvinston. He allowed only one earned run in the contest, as the Indians defence needs to be better, if they plan on extending the series.