Alvinston Indians Wins Season Opener

Tuesday May 10,  2016

The Alvinston Indians opened the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League in Appin on Monday evening, against the Appin A's. Their roster looks very different than in the past, but the effort that is needed to wear the jersey has not changed.

The Indians sent 17 year old Cole Pavey to the mound as their starting pitcher, and the young pitcher was touched up in the opening frame for two runs, however he rebounded nicely, blanking Appin in the next three innings, and holding them to only one hit.

In the top of the third inning, Alvinston inched closer when rookie Mark McNally got the Indians going, by clubbing a solo homerun.

Now down 2-1, the Indians sent pitcher Jeff Wise to the mound in relief of Pavey, and he held Appin at bay over three innings of work, allowing only one hit, while striking out 6.

That allowed the Indians offence to come to life in the top of the seventh inning. Wise walked to lead off the inning, and 16 year old Robbie Black singled to put runners at first and third, with nobody out. With one out, Mark McNally doubled to score the game tying run, as Wise crossed home plate. The next batter was Tristan Fisher, and he fought his way to a walk, to load the bases. Bryan Johnson then clubbed a ball at the third baseman that was mishandled enough for Black to score what would be the winning run of the game.

Final score was Alvinston 3 and Appin 2, as the Indians clawed their way to victory. Strong pitching by Pavey and Wise (who earned the win), combined with Mark McNally going 2 for 3 with a homerun, double, run, and 2 RBI's in his debut, helped propel the Indians to the win.

Next action for Indians, is Thursday's home opener in Alvinston against the Charing Cross Jr's, beginning at 8:00pm.





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