The Alvinston Indians hung on to take a 4 - 3 win at home on Thursday evening against the visiting Morpeth Magic in St. Thomas and District Men's Baseball league action.
The Indians sent Jeff Lyons to the mound, while the Magic countered with young pitcher Steve Malott.
Lyons was hot off the get go, zooming through the Morpeth lineup for five perfect innings of no hit ball. He had 6 strikeouts and no baserunners, and things looked rosy.
Meanwhile, the Indians offence finally got going in the third inning. Andy Triest singled to get things going, but was erased after a Joe Triest fielder's choice. Joe then advanced to second via a pass ball, and would score on a Craig Lyons RBI double. His brother Jeff then came to the plate, and doubled to score Craig. In the fifth inning, the Indians were able to score 2 more runs for a 4-0 lead. Joe Triest reached base via an error, and then Carter Dolbear pinch ran for Triest. Dolbear advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and then scored on another Craig Lyons double. Craig was thrown out at third in an attempt to stretch the double into a triple. Jeff Lyons then came up and smacked a solo homerun, for what would be the Indians final run.
Morpeth was able to scratch away, and finally get to Lyons in the 6th inning. Daly reached base via catcher's interference, while Speed singled up the middle, putting runner's on first and third. Speed would steal second base, and with two-out Carson Edwards doubled into the gap to score both runners. The Indians needed three outs in the seventh inning to secure the win, but the Magic had different plans. Vink led off with a single and advanced to second via an errant throw. Parney followed suit with a single of his own that scored Vink for the get close run. The Indians recorded the first out, and then Joe Daly struck the ball well to the right centrefield gap, but Andy Triest was able to make the catch, and double off the runner at second to end the game.
Lyons got the win for the Indians, allowing two earned runs, with 8 strikeouts. He allowed 4 hits on the night through seven innings of work. Craig Lyons was a perfect three for three at the plate with two RBI's, while Jeff Lyons was 2/3 with a homerun and two RBI's.
Next up for the Indians is a road game on Wednesday night in Glanworth, where they will tackle the Gators.