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Pitcher records 11 strikeouts as Jackfish blank Leafs 10-0

Ben Abram throws complete-game shutout over visiting Toronto on Saturday
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WELLAND – A two-hour rain delay didn’t dampen Ben Abram.
The Welland Jackfish right-hander struck out 11 in a complete-game 10-0 shutout over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday afternoon. Abram (2-0) scattered four hits and walked two as Welland improved to 3-2.
Steven Moretto was the offensive star, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Ethan Hunt drove in two on three hits, Matteo Porcellato singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Robert Mullen and Dawson Tweet each had an RBI.
Justin Marra singled twice for the Leafs, who dropped to 1-5.
Wilgenis Alvarado (0-2) was lifted with one out in the third inning. He was charged with eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Baycats homer way to win over Sox

BARRIE – Nolan Machibroda homered to lead off the seventh inning and put the Barrie Baycats ahead for good in a 3-2 home win over Brantford on Saturday.
All of Barrie’s scoring came on the longball, with Ryan Rijo and Malik Williams also going deep. Tyler Plumpton singled twice.
Brad Grieveson (1-0) picked up the win in relief after allowing two runs on three hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out two. Juan Benitez struck out three of the six batters he faced for the two-inning save.
Baycats’ starter Carlos Sano went five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and one walk and struck out three.
Jeremie Veilleux and Jaret Lupton each drove in a run for Brantford, which dropped to 0-3. Gus Wilson singled twice.
Norman Coleman-Goodwin (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing the go-ahead run on three hits in his only inning of work. Josh Laukkanen started and went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.

Cards hold off Barnstormers

CHATHAM – Stefan Strecker pitched out of a bases loaded jam to preserve the Hamilton Cardinals’ 6-3 win Saturday night in Chatham.
The Cards’ reliever entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with a 6-2 lead and three runners on and none out. After striking out Spencer Morin, Strecker allowed Torrin Vaselenak’s run-scoring single to make it a three-run game.
Strecker closed out the game and earned the save by getting a flyout and groundout.
Takaki Eguchi (2-0) was credited with the win after giving up two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Offensively, Luis Bernardo drove in three runs on two hits, and Zach Marriott had a pair of RBI. Tyler Duncan singled twice and scored, and Brandon Nicholson scored three runs and stole a base.
Hamilton improved to 3-1, while Chatham-Kent dropped to 2-2.
Braxton Haggith had two RBI for the Barnstormers. Aden Ryan (1-1) went six innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Royals, Majors rained out

GUELPH – Saturday’s scheduled game in Guelph between the Royals (2-0) and London Majors (4-1) was rained out. No make-up date has been announced.

Sunday, May 26
Hamilton at London, 1:05 p.m.
Guelph at Chatham-Kent, 1:35 p.m.
Welland at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Brantford at Kitchener, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29
Barrie at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 30
Brantford at Welland, 7:20 p.m.
Chatham-Kent at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Barrie, 7:35 p.m.

Friday, May 31
Brantford at London, 7:35 p.m.
Toronto at Hamilton, 7:35 p.m.