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Defending champion Jackfish drop season opener 10-4 in London

Welland back at home Saturday against Barrie
Jacques, the Welland Jackfish mascot.

LONDON – Three London players went deep as the Majors scored early and often in a 10-4 home-opening Intercounty Baseball League win over Welland Jackfish on Friday night at Labatt Park. It was Welland's first game of the season.

Kaiden Cardoso and Starling Joseph each had three hits, including a home run, with two RBI and two runs apiece. Eduardo De Oleo also homered and drove in two. Victor Plaz, Cleveland Brownlee and Tommy Reyes-Cruz each drove in a run.

Jose Arias (2-0) went five innings for the win, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and five punch outs. Victor Payano earned the four-inning save by striking out five and only allowing one base runner.

For Welland (0-1), Steven Moretto, Greyson Barrett and Ethan Hunt all drove in a run. Gianfranco Morello singled, scored and stole two bases.
Rich Corrente (0-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs (two earned) on 11 hits through four innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Cardinals-Royals suspended in second inning
HAMILTON – Friday’s game at Arnold Anderson Stadium between the Hamilton Cardinals and Guelph Royals was suspended due to rain.
Guelph led 2-0 after scoring twice in the top of the second before the game was called. It will be continued later this season. Ryosuke Ohashi picked up an RBI and a steal for the Royals.

Red Sox-Barnstormers postponed
BRANTFORD – Chatham-Kent’s IBL debut will have to wait. The Barnstormers and Brantford Red Sox were rained out Friday night at Arnold Anderson Stadium.
No make-up date has been announced.
The Barnstormers will play their inaugural game Saturday at home against Kitchener.

Saturday, May 18
Toronto at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Barrie at Welland, 6:05 p.m.
Kitchener at Chatham-Kent, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
London at Brantford, 2 p.m.
Guelph at Kitchener, 2 p.m.
Chatham-Kent at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Welland at Hamilton, 2:05 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21
London at Chatham, 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22
Kitchener at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.