Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Generals Sweep

The Hamilton Generals will make their first finals appearance since 1991 after defeating the Ipswich Chiefs tonight 4-2. Jeff Jensen earned the victory, Chris Lane pitched well but was charged with the loss for the Chiefs. Jensen allowed only 2 hits and two unearned runs while allowing no walks and striking out four. The Generals came from behind tonight to earn the win thanks to a well balanced team effort of great pitching, solid defense, and key hits.

A Close Play at First.

The Generals got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning by manufacturing a run. Andre Painchaud led the inning off with the game's first single. Jones then bunted him over to second. With 2 outs, Mark Potter hit a slow roller toward third. The ball got away as there was a close play at first, Painchaud was able to score on the back end.

Chris Lane Delivers to the Plate.

In the second the Chiefs got their two runs and took the lead. With two outs, Knox and Zaremba were able to reach on errors to keep the inning alive. Dave Shoreman was able to take advantage of the miscues with a sharp RBI single to left. Another error allowed Zaremba to score the Chiefs second run.

In the fourth inning, Mark Potter tied the game with a 2-out RBI-single up the middle that plated Jones from second. With the score now tied in the bottom of the fifth a Mark Provost single was followed by a Jered Stewart 2-run towering shot into the pond. The score stuck as Jensen shut down the Chiefs the rest of the way.

The Generals won 4-2 and earned a trip to the finals. Provost, Painchaud, Stewart, Funchion and Potter contributed hits for the Generals. Shoreman and Montecalvo had the hits for the Chiefs. This was Jensen's first career playoff win. The Generals will play either Manchester or Rockport in the finals. Game one will be this Saturday at 2pm, location TBD. Sunday, game two will be at Patton Park, 2pm start time.