Majors start 2022 with a win over the Leafs
Just like the end of the 2021 season, the Majors took on the Toronto Maple Leafs and were victorious, this time 6-3, as they began their quest to defend the championship. With many new faces, manager Roop Chanderdat would turn to his workhorse from 2021 in Owen Boon to start the season.
Boon would continue being his dominant self, going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits with 2 runs while striking out 4, leaving with the lead through 5. Going to the bullpen to start the 6th inning, Jose Arias faced the minimum through his first 2 while striking out 2 in the process. Arias would go 4 innings total, striking out 7, giving up 1 run in the 9th inning, and recording his first save as Boon got his 24th career win.
With many new bats in the lineup, it would be a learning game to start for the Majors. Londoner Drew Lawrence would make a huge impact in his first start, batting 7th, going 4-for-4, with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Playing left field, he also had 2 big outs throughout the game. In the top of the 8th inning, Lawrence, Whelan and McQueen would all have singles leading to 2 runs in the inning. Cleveland Brownlee, despite turning 38 later this year, crushed his first home run of the season with a solo shot in the 9th.
The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. In 2021 the London Majors won the IBL Jack & Lynn Dominico Trophy. 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.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter at @Londonmajors