The playoffs just started, and the Morden Mohawks are firing on all cylinders.
The Border Baseball League’s top-ranked team jumped out to a commanding 2-0 series lead this weekend, dropping the Killarney Lakers 17-4 and 14-3.
The playoffs didn’t start how the Mohawks would like, however. Killarney started hot, stringing hits to put up four runs in the opening frame.
“They put a lot of balls in play,” said Mohawks pitcher Derek Holenski. “They swing at a lot of first pitches, which isn’t that common in this league.”
Holenski settled in after the first, only allowing two baserunners in the following innings.
“I changed my approach a little bit,” said Holenski. “I was a little more thorough as to where I was putting a pitch, instead of just throwing to get it across.”
Holenski credited his defence for keeping the Lakers’ bats at bay.
“We played really good defence, I think we only made one error,” he said. “That’s good baseball.”
Mohawks coach Brent Laverty was especially pleased with his team’s game-one performance.
“Hitting wise, we were really on today,” said Laverty. “We saw one of their best pitchers in Andrew Lochhead and we were able to hit him.”
The high-powered offence went all regular season without a home run, but that changed in the first inning of the playoffs.
Mike Mutchison blasted a solo shot to get the Mohawks on the board.
“Mike’s been a great hitter for a long time, and we know that when he’s on it makes us that much more dangerous,” said Laverty.
Pearce McDonald, Tanner Bergman, and Manny Lantigua each hammered three-run shots later in the game to put it out of reach.
“When our 2-3-4 hitters are going, we’re hard to beat,” said Laverty.
The Mohawks look to close out the series Tuesday, July 17 in Morden. First pitch is at 7 p.m.