WINCHESTER – A Winchester Sox win and Metcalfe Mudd loss by forfeit has the village’s tier one club headed for the National Capital Baseball League playoffs.
It’s a first for the Sox since moving up to the league’s top bracket.
Winchester’s entry was better solidified by a 9-4 victory against the Nepean Brewers Thurs., Aug. 8 at Morgan Field.
It was the third game in a row against the Brewers, which saw the Sox lose earlier contests by 11-0 and 15-7 scores.
Last week’s victory came on the back of a 103-pitch performance by James Shaw, who gave up eight hits for four runs, and struck out four.
The Sox had just four hits of their own in the contest, but made the work count, including an eight-run second inning.
Left fielder Jordan Harcourt, second baseman Matt Uhrig, designated hitter Daylon Courchene and third baseman Taras Okrimtchoux accounted for the hits.
It was Okrimtchoux who accounted for the bulk of the heavy lifting, launching a three-homerun over the centrefield fence in the second.
Many of the remaining Sox runs came courtesy of a shaky start by Brewers pitcher Jackson Kerbl, who struggled with command, giving eight batters faced a free pass.
The Aug. 8 win pushed Winchester’s points total to 10, four clear of Metcalfe. The Mudd’s Fri., Aug. 9 game against the Bytown Battalion was rained out and the club couldn’t field a team for their Sun., Aug. 11 game against the Ponies in Kingston.
With the forfeited loss and just one game remaining on the season, Metcalfe can’t catch the Sox for the final post-season spot.
Winchester, meanwhile, is back in action at Morgan Field tomorrow night (Thurs., Aug. 15) with the Cornwall River Rats coming to town. First pitch is 8 pm.
The Sox season concludes Sun., Aug. 18 against the Bytown Battalion, and will give fans a glimpse of a potential first round match-up. With four games remaining, the Battalion currently hold the edge on the Kanata Athletics for the top spot in the tier.