Intercounty baseball: London eliminates Burlington

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The London Majors will take any time off, no matter how little.

So it was with great joy that they saw the Burlington Herd off for the summer Tuesday with a 7-2 win at Labatt Park and a 4-1 win in their best-of-seven playoff series.

Barring a massive surprise the Majors will now wait for the Kitchener Panthers in one Intercounty Baseball League semifinal series.

The Panthers lead the Hamilton Cardinals 3-1 and the two won’t play again until Thursday with the Panthers heavy favourites. If the Panthers win, it won’t give the Majors a lot of time off but after playing 10 games in a horrendous two week stretch any time off is good time off.

“Just because a tough stretch to end the season and then we played three and three, so any time off right now would be welcome,” said Majors’ manager Roop Chanderdat. “I always say with being so far west and then you add the travel time in, it makes it tough. It’s been a grind.”

Chanderdat says he really likes the way the team finished the series.

“We were talking about it; we took care of business,” he said. “Even after the game, the boys were happy they won but they didn’t go crazy. We just take care of business”

While the final score may have shouted blowout, it was far from that. The Herd actually led the game 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Starters Christian Hauch for the Herd and Luis Sanchez for the Majors were involved in a pitchers’ duel until the Majors exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Hauch was victimized by poor Herd fielding.

Sanchez went on to pitch eight innings giving up both runs, one earned and nine hits for the win.

For the most part it was the usual suspects doing a job at plate for the Majors. Chris McQueen continued to give the Herd headaches from the leadoff spot. He went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

Byron Reichstein was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs with Cleveland Brownlee chipping in with a pair of hits and two RBI.

Kyle Gormandy continued to be productive getting a hit and three RBIs.

“At the start of the year it was either him or Brett Sabourin,” Chanderdat said. “I wanted one of them to be our every day first baseman. But neither took the bull by the horns so to speak. But Gormandy has gotten in there in the playoffs; he’s hit and continues to play well defensively. His name keeps going back in the lineup.”

Gormandy is a London product. He’s hitting .368 and has seven RBI in the playoffs.

“He’s a kid. He’s got talent,” Chanderdat said. “He just needs to learn the game at this level. He lacks experience. He hasn’t really played a high level of baseball and is kind of learning on the job. The kid has ice in his veins. He comes up with clutch hits. He’s had a good start to these playoffs.”

Chanderdat says he has no idea when the next series will start but for now, his club is going to enjoy some time to rest. 

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