Mother Nature & Majors Bats cold against Maple Leafs
With mother nature rolling clouds and a brisk cool breeze on the first long weekend of the season, the Majors looked for redemption against the visiting Maple Leafs. A 4-run 2nd inning by the Leafs was all they needed to leave Labatt with a 9-3 win.
Getting his first start of the season, Abdiel Velasquez faced the minimum in the first thanks to a throw by Eduardo De Oleo to get Jose Vinicio at second. The Leafs managed to get 2 walks to lead off the 2nd inning coupled with 3 hits to take a 4-0 lead at the end of two. The score would hold till the bottom of the 6th inning where De Oleo would capitalize on a hanging curve ball that would be hit deep out of Labatt Park. After finishing his season with West Liberty, Kayne McGee made his debut at 1st base and would drive in the Majors’ 2nd run of the game on a single to center field.
2 more runs came in to score for the Leafs in the 7th inning giving them a 6-2 lead. A ground out by De Oleo was able to score Byron Reichstein from third base, but that was as close as the Majors would get in this game. A 3 run home run by Leafs’ catcher Justin Marra would put the game out of reach.
A 3 game road trip is up next for the Majors as they visit the newly-owned Hamilton Cardinals on Sunday before travelling to Brantford next Friday and Barrie on Saturday. The next home game for the pinstripes is next Sunday against the Brantford Red Sox where the 2022 Majors will be honoured with their rings prior to the game on the field. Tickets can be purchased online at Majorsstore.com.
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