Both teams were short-staffed on Thursday night in Alvinston, when the second place Shedden Mission faced off against the hometown, first place Alvinston Indians in the St. Thomas & District Major Fastball League. A nice crowd was on hand to watch the game.
Alvinston jumped on Shedden early and often, as they exploded for six runs in the opening inning, three more in the second, and one more in the third inning. Jeff Lyons got the start for Alvinston, tossing two innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits, with one strikeout. Travis Pavey then came in in relief of Lyons, and tossed three innings of shutout baseball, allowing one walk and one hit, with five strikeouts.
The final score was Alvinston 10, Shedden no score. Gary Cooke suffered the loss for the Mission, while Lyons and Pavey shared the shutout win for Alvinston. Scoring for the Indians were Joe Triest, Devin Triest, Jeff Lyons (3), Aaron Stocking, Jamie Shields, Eric Hyatt, and Travis Pavey (2). Driving in the runs were Stocking (2), Hyatt (2), Pavey (2), Andy Triest (2), Jamie Shields, and Kevin Morgan. The big hit for Alvinston was a two run homerun by Aaron Stocking. Rookie Bryan Johnson had his first career hit in an Alvinston Indians uniform.
With the win, the Alvinston Indians improved their record to 19-4 in league play, and will get a bye in the first round of playoffs, advancing directly to the semi-finals. They will likely next touch the field in late August, or early September.