The Alvinston Indians had a rare Monday night game on home turf, under the brand new lights that were recently installed at the Alvinston diamond. An even bigger storyline however, was the fact that the Shedden Mission were in town, the team that had defeated the Indians on three previous occasions this season, and the team that the Indians are battling for first place overall in the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League.
Kyle Crawford was the starter for Alvinston, while Jason Dawdy got the nod for the Mission. Both teams threatened in the first inning but failed to score. In the second inning, Shedden made a big statement, when a solo homerun by Jeff MacPherson got their offence going, Curtis Cornelius followed with a triple, and then Dan Hutchings clubbed a two run homerun, and put Shedden in front with a big 3-0 score.
Alvinston then answered back however, with a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning. Jeff Lyons singled, Alix Chisholm then walked with one out, and Jamie Shields had a clutch RBI single with two outs to score Lyons. In the third, Alvinston added the get close run when Chris Drew singled, Brad Young walked, and Lyons reached base via a fielders choice to load the bases. Aaron Stocking then followed with a high chopper in front of the plate, but it was enough to plate Drew, to make the game 3-2 in favour of Shedden.
In the fourth inning, Alvinston had their inning just like Shedden had earlier in the game. Shedden brought in Nic Goetz to pitch, as he replaced Dawdy, and the Indians went to work, scoring three runs. With one out, Shields hit a solo homerun to tie the game. Joe Triest was the next up, and he doubled. With two out now, Drew clubbed a double as well to plate J. Triest, for the go-ahead run. Drew would then come around to score on a strikeout by Young that was not handled by the catcher, and went to the fence, allowing Drew to score for a 5-3 lead for Alvinston.
By this time in the game, Crawford had settled down for the Indians, and was beginning to take control of the game on the mound for Alvinston. After the second inning, he allowed two hits and a walk the rest of the way, shutting down Shedden’s offence. Alvinston would add one more run in the seventh, when Doug Charlton singled to lead the inning off, and Shields followed with a long single that plated Charlton, for a 6-3 lead, that essentially iced the game.
Alvinston would go on to win this important game 6-3, fighting back from a 3-0 early deficit. The Indians are now 16-5 on the season, and are battling for first place with Shedden. Crawford went the distance for Alvinston, allowing three earned runs in seven innings of work, with 6 hits and 2 walks on the evening, as well as 6 strikeouts.
Next up for Alvinston, is another home game on Thursday night against St. Thomas at 8:00pm.