Bolton sweeps New Lowell in finals

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The Bolton Brewers won the Strother Cup on Saturday defeating the New Lowell Knights 12-0 in Game 3 of the North Dufferin Baseball League championship.

The teams played the first two games of the best-of-five affair last weekend with the Brewers winning both games by scores of 2-1 and 4-1. Bolton decisively capped off the series winning the final game in the sixth inning on a grand slam from Stephen Warden and when the mercy rule of ten or more run differential came into effect.

Interestingly, a grand slam from Chris Fafalios opened the scoring in the first inning to make it a 4-0 Bolton lead. The Brewers plated three more runs in the second and a single in the fifth to take command of the game.

Fafalios also chipped in with a single and teammates Brett Chater and Carter Burnside each hit a pair of singles. Mike Wallace singled and doubled and Drew Volkey hit a double.

New Lowell was limited to two hits – both doubles by Brandon Norrie and Chris Rettie.

Steve Baldry started on the mound for the Knights lasting two innings. He gave up seven runs on seven hits while fanning one.

Norrie limited the runs to one over his three innings of work, allowing three hits, one walk, and one hit batter with five strikeouts.

Kurt Roy entered in the sixth frame and had one out when the four-run homer ended the game. Roy gave up two hits, one walk, with one hit batter.

Bolton started their ace pitcher Trent Barwick pitching six innings, yielding two hits, and striking out one.

Barwick and fellow pitcher Nick Hodgson were named the most valuable players for the playoffs in a post-game presentation and awarded the Paul Carruthers Memorial Award from league secretary Scott Anderson.

Anderson also presented the Strother Cup to Burnside, Chater, Warden, Nick Pettinaro, John Hutchinson and Trudy Burnside of the Brewers.

David Anderson photo: North Dufferin Baseball league secretary Scott Anderson (centre) presents the Strother Cup to Carter Burnside, Nick Pettinaro, Brett Chater, Trudy Burnside, Stephen Warden, and John Hutchinson of the Bolton Brewers during a post-game presentation.

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