Giants leading 3-2in NDBL championship series

September 22, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Double header wins on Sunday moves O-vill into the lead

The Orangeville Giants are one game away from claiming the North Dufferin Baseball League senior championship after winning both games in a double header against the New Lowell Knights in New Lowell on Sunday (Sept. 18).

The Giants were trailing 2-1 in the final best of seven championship series going into the weekend.

They were scheduled to play game four in New Lowell on Saturday but the game was called off due to bad weather.

Instead they decided to play a double header on Sunday to get both games in.

New Lowell could have claimed the championship with a pair of wins. Instead their season was extended for at least one more game.

Game one of Sunday’s double header saw the series tied at two when the Giants pulled of a 3-2 win to even the series.

With a lot riding on the second game, the Giants got off to a slow start but got the bats moving in the later innings.

New Lowell opened the scoring in the first inning when they got two men on base and followed up with a nice hit to shallow right field to bring in a run.

The Knights were ahead by three when another hit brought in two more runs to give the New Lowell squad a 3-0 lead in the early going.

Giants shortstop Mitchell Pike made a class play in the second inning when he picked off a line drive and threw to second to catch the runner trying to make it back, for an Orangeville double play.

The Giants got on the scoreboard in the third beginning with a single and a follow up hit from Kevin Buck.

Pike’s hit on the next at-bat loaded the bases and the Giant’s capitalized on the next hit when the throw to first allowed a runner to cross the plate.

New Lowell’s Sean Connor hit a single run home run to give the Knights four on the score board.

The game was tied when O-ville’s Brett Chater hit a huge home run over the centre field fence to bring in two runs.

The Giants took the lead in the fifth inning starting with Derek Gordon’s single.

With two men on base, a hit to shortstop could have ended the inning but a fumbled ball bought enough time for an Orangeville player to make the dash for home.

The final was 6-2.

The win gives the Giants a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game four will take place in Orangeville on Saturday, September 24.

If the Giants can pull off a win, they can claim the championship trophy in front of a hometown crowd.

If the Knights manage to take the game the series will return to New Lowell the following day (Sun., Sept. 25) and the entire season will come down to one game.

Game time on Saturday is 1:00 p.m at Princess of Wales Park.

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