Jackfish hammer Brantford to remain perfect at home

By Rod Mawhood • Photo by Steven Ruddy

Welland has scored 35 runs over its last two games 

WELLAND - To say the Welland Jackfish offense is clicking on all cylinders right now, might in fact be an understatement. The Jackfish, proudly wearing Welland Roses jerseys in honour of the Welland Rose Festival, pounded out 19 hits in a 19-5 rout of the Brantford Red Sox. 

Welland has now scored 35 runs over its last two games.

Matteo Porcellato led the way offensively with a grand slam and six runs batted in, while fan favorite Matt Hilderbrandt also went deep and drove in five. 

"Porcellato and Hildy (Hilderbrandt) both had huge nights tonight, which is great," said Jackfish Manager Brian Essery.  "We just want to keep this going into the weekend, and beyond."

Asked why his team's offense is exceeding expectations right now, Essery offered this: "Hitting is contagious and we're rolling right now. It's such a close-knit team and all the guys are rooting for each other."

Welland's speed was once again evident as the club stole eight bases on the night. 

The Jackfish opened a 9-0 second-inning lead, something Essery admitted was tough for his club to stay focused.

"Ya it sure is," said Essery. "It's frustrating for us as we can't play our game. We're built on speed and getting up that much - it eliminates the way we play. That being said, we'll take those starts every time out."

Starter Jack Harford picked up the win, as Welland improved to (10-2) on the season including (7-0) at home. 

The same two teams meet again Saturday in Brantford before the Jackfish welcome the Kitchener Panthers for a matinee Father's Day game Sunday at 1:05 pm. Tickets are on sale now. 

Jackfish jottings: Every Welland starter except Tyson Gomm recorded at least one hit. 
The Welland Rose jerseys were auctioned off during the game - all proceeds will go to a local charity.