Jackfish battle back to beat Maple Leafs and advance to IBL Finals
Tickets against Barrie on sale now
By ROD MAWHOOD • Photo by Brandon Taylor
The Welland Jackfish have advanced to the Intercounty Baseball League finals after outlasting the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games with a 7-5 victory.
The Jackfish actually trailed this game 5-1 in the second inning before blanking Toronto the rest of the way.
James Bradwell was the catalyst of the comeback, relieving starter Jake Harford and pitching five-plus innings of two-hit, seven strikeout baseball.
"Bradwell came in and completely shut their lineup down," said Manager Brian Essery "And he was doing that on short rest after a great outing on Sunday."
Essery's decision to move Ethan Hunt from the two-hole in the lineup to number nine paid dividends.
Hunt's two-run double in the fifth inning gave Welland a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
"We moved Hunt to the nine-hole, and wow what a huge hit - series winning hit," Essery said.
Steven Moretto also drove in a pair for the Fish, while Hogan Brown had a pair of hits from the leadoff spot.
"Moretto's sac-fly in the eighth was huge, followed by three great at bats from (Tyler) Dupuis, Brown and (Gio) Morello.
Welland's win sets up a best of seven IBL Final series against the Barrie Baycats beginning Saturday night in the Rose City. First pitch flies at 6:05 pm.
"We split the season series with Barrie. They are a good team with a solid lineup," explained Essery.
"It's going to be a great finals."
Tickets for the finals are now on sale at wellandjackfish.com/tix