Majors get late inning magic to tie playoff series – The London Free Press



The London Majors needed a little magic Friday night.

They got it from the bat of Carlos Arteaga and the body of Evan Britt. The pair led the Majors to a 6-5 Game 2 win over the Hamilton Cardinals tying their best-of-five series 1-1.

Already down 1-0 in their Intercounty Baseball League quarterfinal against the Cardinals, the Majors were down 5-2 in the eighth inning at Labatt Park.

Falling behind 2-0 in a best-of-five is pretty much a death sentence. But the Majors managed to load the bases with one out, setting the stage for Arteaga to slam a triple off reliever Arman Lakhani. The shot scored Matt Hexter, Byron Reichstein and Michael Ambrose and tied the game at 5-5.

In the bottom of the ninth the Majors loaded the bases again and Dan Connerty hit Britt with a pitch to score Chris McQueen and give the Majors the 6-5 win.

He was the fourth Majors’ player to get plunked by Cardinal pitching on the night.

Before leaving for the night Cardinals’ starting pitcher Zackary Gonzalez had given his team seven innings of seven hit, two-run baseball.

Majors’ starter Owen Boon gave up eight hits and four runs in seven innings giving way to Braeden Ferrington who gave up a run in the eighth.

Kelvin Pichardo pitched a perfect ninth to keep the scored tied at 5-5 and give the Majors the chance for a walk-off victory. He got the win.

Reichstein had a big night at the plate. He had four hits and scored three runs. Arteaga had two hits and three RBI. Ambrose had a hit and two RBI.

Jon Dziomba had three hits for the Cardinals including a home run.

The Majors now play Game 3 Saturday night at Labatt Park at 7:30 with Game 4 Sunday at 2 p.m. in Hamilton.