'Bulldog' Corrente throws complete game as Jackfish stay alive
WELLAND - Welland Jackfish Manager perhaps said it best after starter Rich Corrente threw a 142-pitch complete game in a 10-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Jackfish staved off elimination with the win, but still trail the Maple Leafs two games to one in the best of five Intercounty Baseball League semi-final series.
"Richie was a bulldog tonight. That was an incredible performance - probably the gutsiest in Jackfish history," proclaimed Essery.
Corrente's final line was nine innings pitched, 11 hits, two runs, three walks and seven strikeouts - and again 142 pitches thrown.
Welland got contributions up and down their lineup as Justin Gideon drove in three, while Hogan Brown had three hits and number nine hitter Zarley Cina two RBI.
"We got going with the bats from one through nine," Essery said. "We just have to carry that momentum into Toronto tomorrow night."
Game four does indeed go Wednesday night in Toronto, as the Welland faithful hope the Jackfish can repeat Tuesday's heroics and bring the series back to the Rose City for game 5 on Thursday evening.
Welland held a moment of silence for longtime member of the Maple Leafs Peter Topolie before the contest.