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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Kars wins game one - with details

From Chad Milne

Kars travelled to Stittsville on Wednesday to begin their best-of-three first round playoff series against the 56ers. After finishing the regular season in second place, Kars has home field advantage in this series, but due to diamond availability in Manotick, the Aces had to play game one on the road.

It was a hot and very humid night at the Grove on Wednesday after a couple of thunderstorms earlier in the evening, but the field was in good shape. Brad Porter started and went the distance for the Aces, while Kyle Olson did the same for Stittsville.

It was a clean inning for both sides in the first. Kars opened the scoring in the second inning, which was highlighted by an outstanding defensive play by Stittsville. With one out, Ian King scorched a ball to the left-centerfield gap for what looked like an easy triple, but Kyle Gourgon, playing centerfield for the 56ers, got to the ball quickly, picking it up at the fence, and made a perfect throw to third base to get the sliding King. With two out, Matt Alkerton singled and then scored when Chad Milne rocketed a line drive off the fence in right-centerfield for a double. Olson was able to limit the damage by striking out the next Kars batter.

The only action in the third inning also involved Gourgon. With one out, Gourgon ripped a single past the Kars first baseman. With Olson at the plate, the speedy Gourgon tried to get into scoring position by stealing second, but was DOA on a strong throw from the Kars catcher Alkerton.
Kars widened their lead in the fourth on some defensive miscues by the 56ers infield. Cory Morrison started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a perfect bunt single by King. With two on, Alkerton laid down a sacrifice bunt. Rather than taking the out at first base, Stittsville attempted to get the force-out at third base, but an errant throw landed way down the line in left field, allowing both Morrison and King to score and Alkerton to take second base. Milne then followed with a hard-hit ground ball to the right side that got under the glove of the Stittsville second baseman, allowing Alkerton to score the Aces’ third run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters with a strikeout and a groundout.

Kars added two more runs in the fifth inning. Brad Pender singled to lead off the inning, hitting a ball off the end of the bat about 15 feet up the third base line. With Pender’s speed, there was no chance for Stittsville to make a play at first base. Pender then stole second base. With one out, Kristian Knapp drilled a sinking line drive to left field that was misplayed by the Stittsville fielder. The balled rolled all the way to the fence and Knapp burned around the bases to score Kars’ second run of the inning. Olson retired the next two Kars’ batters on a groundout and a strikeout.

With Kars leading 6-0 in the sixth, Stittsville got on the board when Dan Jessiman singled to score Olson who had singled and advanced to second on a misplay in the Kars outfield. Al Read then walked to put two runners on for Stittsville, but Porter was able to retire the next two batters to limit the 56ers to one run. Porter set down the 56ers in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 6-1 victory for the Aces.

Kars leads the best-of-three series one game to none. Game two goes Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm in Manotick.



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