Jackfish Earn Defensive Victory Again at Home

WELLAND - Thursday night saw the Brantford Red Sox make their first trip of the season to Welland Stadium.  The Red Sox were looking to snap a two-game losing streak while the Jackfish needed a bounce back effort after being on the wrong end of a 14-5 decision at Christie Pitts in Toronto on Sunday afternoon.  

Jackfish ace, right hander Euclides Leyer made his second start of the season and had a night to remember.  Not only was Leyer able to get the victory he had a no hitter going after seven innings.  “Euclides is our guy.  We will need him as the season goes on, so we wanted to keep his arm as healthy as possible” Said Field Manager Brian Essery who brought in Casey Howard for the seventh inning. Howard pitched two innings, giving up no runs on one hit. 

Pitching was not the story of the night though as star Shortstop Wilson Soriano made highlight play after play to keep the Red Sox off the scoreboard.  While Soriano finished one for three, driving in a run and scoring one himself, he was excited with how the team came out to play on Thursday night. “We got something very special.  This team is a great team and can win games when we play like we did tonight.  

Red Sox starter Michael Bannon was docked with the loss after throwing seven innings, giving up four runs, struck out five and walked three batters.  

The Jackfish have a busy weekend ahead as they are home on Saturday afternoon for a date with the Kitchener Panthers before heading west on Sunday for a matinee game at Labatt Park against the Majors.

The Welland Jackfish are a member of Ontario's most elite baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.wellandjackfish.com or follow the Jackfish on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wellandjackfish.