The Alvinston Indians opened the semi-finals of the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball league with a 7-0 win over the Glanworth Gators, on Thursday evening at home in Alvinston. Game 2 goes Sunday in Glanworth at 2pm.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Alvinston exploded for seven runs. Bryan Johnson lead off with an infield single, stole second base, and with one out Joe Triest singled home Johnson for the game’s first run. Jamie Shields then walked to put runners on first and second. The next batter was Jeff Lyons who doubled into the gap to score both Joe Triest and Shields. Jeff then would score on an attempted throw back to second that was thrown away by the pitcher into the outfield, for what was now a 4-0 lead. Ryan Chapman was the next batter, and he doubled down the third base line to start a new rally. Brad Cooper then walked to put runners on first and second. Craig Lyons then tripled into the gap to score both Chapman and Cooper. Craig Lyons would end up scoring before the inning was out via another Glanworth throwing error, and all of a sudden Alvinston had scored seven runs.
That was all they would need, as pitcher Kyle Crawford and the Indians cruised to a 7-0 win in five innings. Crawford earned the shutout win, allowing two hits, and striking out 13 Glanworth batters in five innings of work.