The Alvinston Indians were on home turf on Thursday evening, where they were attempting to continue their perfect record at home, against the visiting Morpeth Magic. The Indians may have been missing several roster players, due to work commitments or playing in other leagues, but the result was much of the same, with different players stepping up, as the Indians made it 17 straight wins in league play, after losing their second game of the season. Overall, with their win against Morpeth on this night, the Indians are now 18-1 on the season in St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League play.
The Indians sent ace Kyle Crawford to the mound, while Morpeth countered with Steve Malott. Crawford was sharp on this night yet again, as he had 6 strikeouts and one hit allowed through the first 2 innings. Meanwhile, the Alvinston offence was still firing, as they were able to score two runs in the first, and two more in the second inning, for a commanding 4-0 lead. Jeff Lyons walked with two out in the opening frame, and was promptly tripled home by Aaron Stocking for the game's first run. Brad Cooper then followed with an RBI single that plated Stocking. In the second inning, 15 year old Cole Pavey singled for Alvinston, and with two out, Joe Triest hammered a two run homerun over the right centre field fence, for a 4-0 Alvinston lead.
Morpeth scored what would be their only run in the game, when Matt Clark got a hold of a Crawford offering, by smacking a triple in the gap. Clark then would score on an Indians error, to make the score 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alvinston got their offence going again. Eric Hyatt tripled to lead off the inning, but was erased as an out at home plate when Doug Charlton reached via a fielder's choice. With one out, Pavey would single again, and then veteran Kevin Morgan hit a double to score both Charlton and Pavey. Joe Triest then walked, and Craig Lyons kept the line going with an RBI single to score Morgan. Jeff Lyons then walked for the third time in the contest, and with the bases loaded, the game ended when Stocking walked to score Joe Triest for the mercy run.
The final score was Alvinston 8, Morpeth 1. The Indians outscored their opposition 21-2 during their three games this week in league play. Crawford got the win going five innings and allowing 1 run (unearned), allowing three hits, and striking out 12 Magic swingers. Cole Pavey was a perfect 3-3 in the game for Alvinston, while Joe Triest collected a big two run homerun, Craig Lyons had two hits and Jeff Lyons reached base in every at bat on the night.