St. Thomas and District Fastball League
The Alvinston Indians Men's Fastball team opened the 2014 season with a 3 - 2 win, at home on Thursday night, against the Glanworth Gators, in what was a cold but entertaining affair.
The Indians sent ace Kyle Crawford to the mound, while the Gators countered with their ace Jake McKillop.
Joe Triest led off the game for the Indians with a single, and catcher Jamie Shields did the same, putting runners on first and second. Joe Triest would eventually score on a 1 out RBI single by Aaron Stocking, to make it 1-0.
In the top of the third, with two outs, French hammered a triple in the gap for Glanworth, and the next hitter walked, but Crawford shut the door and ended the threat. The Gators threatened again in the fourth when they left runners on second and third base. In the fifth, Poole hammered a double in the gap for Glanworth, but Crawford struck out the next three batters to end the Gator offence.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Alvinston finally got their offence going a bit, when Jamie Shields doubled, and advanced to third and home plate via wild pitches, for a 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Steve Lyons singled, advanced to second on a groundout, then to third via a pass ball, and then scored on a Tyler Huff single.
With a 3-0 lead, things were looking rosy for the Indians, but an error put a runner on first base for the Gators in the seventh inning, and then Jeff Laidlaw hammered a two-run homerun for the Gators, but that's as close as they would get, losing 3-2 in an exciting opening game of the campaign.
Crawford earned the win for the Indians, allowing two earned runs, 5 hits, and two walks, while fanning 10 Gator swingers.
Youngsters Cole Pavey and Carter Dolbear got in their first Men's fastball action for the Alvinston Indians. 18 year-old Devin Triest also hit a hard single for the Indians in the win, while 19 year-old Steve Lyons was 2/3 in the game. With a plethora of young players, the Indians are set up for now and into the future.
Tomorrow night, the Indians travel to Morpeth for their first road contest of the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League season, beginning at 8:00pm.