Coming off two straight losses, Home Gas returned to their winning ways as they defeated Popeyes 5-4 in a close game.
Both teams’ starting pitchers ran into early trouble two Tuesdays ago and gave up four runs each in the first inning. The ball was turned over to Finigan “The Terminator” Huffington for Home Gas and Pablo Bertran for Popeyes. A pitcher’s duel ensued as both combined to strike out 23 batters between them in the AAA contest at the Field of Dreams.
With both pitchers in strikeout mode, hits were few and far between. Dane Muspratt, Bertran and Mark Chow got in good hacks for Popeyes and Jonah Pierre and Piat Colbourne did the same for Home Gas. Colbourne went on to score the crucial go-ahead run for the Hot Shots in the third inning.
Popeyes shortstop Dominic Pouchie flashed the leather in the field, going back on a flyball into centrefield for an exciting catch to keep the game close and Home Gas centrefielder Piers Davies threw out a runner attempting to steal third.
From there, Home Gas would defeat Lindsay Fiduciary Services, 16-3. Daniel Reid, Jonah Pierre and Julian Menko scored three runs each for Home Gas.
LFS runs were scored by Ryan van der Bol, Alaye McLaughlin and Josh Whittaker. Home Gas starting pitcher Ahmaree Piercy struck out two in the first inning and second baseman Julian Menko threw out a runner at first for a nice clean start.
Huffington took the ball for Home Gas in the second inning and struck out six over three innings as the Hot Shot batters went on a hitting spree, scoring 15 runs off eight hits and six walks. The game was ended on the mercy rule in the fourth inning after Piercy hit a three-run home run to put the Hot Shots up by 13 runs over the financiers.