There might be several ways to skin a cat, but the London Majors would settle for just one. Any one will do, really.
The Ottawa Fat Cats came into Labatt Park Sunday night and doused the Majors’ Canada Day hopes with a 2-1 victory. That’s Ottawa’s second win in London this season — the teams play two games next weekend in the capital — and 11th in 15 meetings all-time since they joined the Intercounty Baseball League.
Ottawa pitchers Brandon Huffman and Josh Soffer combined on a six-hitter, with Huffman going 4 2/3 innings before getting tossed over his opinion of a call by plate ump Jon Thomson. Soffer then kept the Majors at bay, surviving a first-and-third jam in the ninth.
“Just throw strikes and listen to Eitan (catcher Maoz),” said Soffer, who struck out six in improving to 2-1. “He calls a great game back there.”
The Fat Cats were playing their third game in two days, having dropped two Saturday in Burlington and Guelph. Yet just like last time, when they bounced the Majors 11-4 at the tail end of a similar trip, they found a way to maintain their hoodoo on the Majors, who fell to 14-8 but remain firmly in second place.
“I think it’s this stadium, to be honest,” Soffer said. “We always get up to play here because it’s such a nice setting. And it’s even better when there’s a big crowd like today; I love it when it goes from loud to quiet.”
The Fat Cats schedule is an example of the travel in the IBL and weekends like this do take its toll, Soffer said.
“Sometimes it feels like we play all 35 of our games in 10 days, but we just grind it out,” he said.
The loss ruined a fine performance from Majors starter Eric Cordova (3-2), who struck out nine and walked only one while giving up just five hits. Two unearned runs in the first proved to be enough for the Fat Cats.
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Fat Cats 2, Majors 1
For Ottawa: Mark Charrette hit a two-run single in the first and pitchers Brandon Huffman and Josh Soffer combined on a six-hitter.
For London: Chris Stewart and Derrik Strzalkowski both went 2-fot-4, with Stewart getting the Majors’ lone RBI.
Next: The Majors are in Guelph Tuesday night before the Royals make a return visit to Labatt Park Thursday for Purple in the Park night in support of the London Abused Women’s Centre.
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The Fat Cats swept the visiting Burlington Twins with two one-run games Sunday afternoon at Ottawa Stadium.
In the first game of the Intercounty doubleheader, the Fat Cats put together a 4-1 lead and managed to hang on for a 4-3 victory. Each team mustered just six hits during the seven-inning contest.
James Amelotte earned the win, allowing six hits on three runs — two earned — with one walk and four strikeouts over the opening five innings. Brett Sabourin came on for the final two innings and picked up the save, striking out two.
Eitan Maoz doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Fat Cats, while Jason Coker had a pair of singles and a run scored in the win. Kevin Dietrich doubled and scored a run, while Cody Mombourquette and Brandon Huffman each singled and came in to score.
In Game 2, the Fat Cats rallied to victory by scoring a single run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Starter Matt Hummel was the winner for Ottawa (13-11), lasting 6 1/3 innings and giving up just seven hits with two runs — one earned — with one walk and four strikeouts before making way for Josh Soffer, who picked up the save by recording the final two outs.
Dietrich homered in the win, while Eitan Maoz doubled and scored a run. Jason Coker singled and drove in a run, while Joe Stone and Chris Latimer each picked up a hit with Latimer adding a run scored. Brandon Huffman picked up the other Ottawa RBI.
Article source: http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/06/24/fat-cats-record-twin-killing
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The Ottawa Fat Cats jumped on the Toronto Maple Leafs early and never looked back.
The Fat Cats pushed across three runs in the first and rolled to a 12-4 Intercounty Baseball League victory over the last-place Leafs Friday night at Ottawa Stadium.
With the win, the Fat Cats improved to 6-7. Toronto dropped to 3-9 after its fifth loss in a row.
Ottawa-born second baseman Mark Charrette went 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Fat Cats attack. American shortstop Jason Coker drove in three runs for Ottawa.
Starting pitcher Brandon Huffman was pulled in the sixth inning, but had no problem picking up his third win of the season. He struck out six and gave up six hits.
Leafs starter Adam Garner hit the showers after allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings.
The Fat Cats play a day-night doubleheader Saturday at Ottawa Stadium. The Leafs are back at the park for the game at 1:05 p.m., and then the Barrie Baycats open a two-game series here at 7:05 p.m.
Article source: http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/06/08/fat-cats-hammer-leafs