South Perth league playoff tourney in Mitchell, ON

Opening night of the double-knockout South Perth Men’s Fastball League (SPMFL) playoff tournament in Mitchell Friday night saw relatively few surprises, with the higher seeded teams winning their first round contests.

Top-seeded Bridgeport and defending league champion opened with a 7-3 win over Linwood, while third-seeded Sebringville got a complete-game shutout from Don Stebbings and five-RBI from veteran catcher Randy Wicke in their 5-0 win over Shakespeare Colts.

Ryan French threw a two-hitter in leading the Elmira Cubs to a 7-1 win over St. Marys Gunners, while Elora Wellington Brewers got a pitching win from Mike Pinder, plus a two-run home run, in a 5-1 win over Monkton. Sixth-seeded Shakespeare Falcons got a complete-game shutout performance from Fred Follings in a 4-0 win over the Tavistock Merchants, who captured the International Softball Congress (ISC) II title last month in Kitchener.

The only blemish, more or less, was 9th-seeded Elmira Jrs. edging 8th-seeded Moorefield 4-1.

Games continue Saturday at 10 a.m., but Harriston Mercurys won’t be playing the host Mitchell Mets as the Mercurys had to withdraw due to a lack of players. Mitchell will earn a bye to the second round, Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the other 10 a.m. game, Hickson vs. Milverton.

Game results:
Friday, Sept. 15

1 – Bridgeport 7, Linwood 3
WP – Harris, Don LP – Simpson, Jamie HR – Jay Schnarr (Bridgeport)

2 – Elmira Jrs 4, Moorefield 1
WP – Dan Martin LP – Ross, Mel

3 – Elora 5, Monkton 1
WP – Mike Pinder LP – Smith, Jeff HR – Mike Pinder (Elora)

4 – Elmira Cubs 7, St. Marys 1
WP – French, Ryan LP – Struth, Cam

5 – Sebringville 5, Shakespeare Colts 0
WP – Stebbings, Don LP – Yantzi, Tim

6 – Shakespeare Falcons 4, Tavistock 0
WP – Follings, Fred LP – Skillings, Dan HR – Faulhafer, Dave (Falcons)

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