TIMMINS - The Whiskey Jacks drew first blood in the Timmins Men’s Baseball League championship series at Fred Salvador Field Monday night.
Three runs in the top of the first inning propelled the visitors to a lead they would not surrender in Game 1 of the best-of-five series.
With one out, Jamie Dagenais reached base on an error by Orioles short stop Trevor Niemi.
Dagenais advanced all the way to third base when Chris Greer followed with a single and moved up to second base on an overthrow.
Whiskey Jacks clean-up hitter Jonathan Minard then delivered an RBI single that allowed Dagenais to score the game’s first run.
Greer, who had moved up to third base on the play, then came in to score on a passed ball.
Minard, who had moved up to second base on defensive indifference, advanced to third base on the play and then came in to score the Whiskey Jacks’ third run of the inning on another passed ball.
The Orioles responded with a solo run in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Whiskey Jacks’ advantage to 3-1.
Eric Paquette reached base on an error by Whiskey Jacks short stop Jamie Dallaire and was able to advance to second base on an error by Whiskey Jacks first baseman Owen Rigg.
Marc-Andre Lavoie then delivered an RBI double to plate Paquette with the home side’s only run of the contest.
Any momentum the Orioles may have gained was quickly dissipated, however, as the Whiskey Jacks struck for four runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Dagenais got the ball rolling when he reached base on an error by Orioles third baseman Mario Fillion.
He was able to move all the way up to third base on a passed ball and then came around to score when Greer reached base on an error by Lavoie, who had moved to short stop after starting the game on the mound for the Orioles.
Greer stole second base, Minard drew a walk and Cedric Bradette was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Mike Kazienko was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Greer with the Whiskey Jacks second run of the inning.
One out later, Rigg drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Minard.
Then Josh Vandal was walked with the bases loaded to bring home Bradette with the Whiskey Jacks’ fourth and final run of the inning.
A pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning increased the Whiskey Jacks advantage to eight runs and made the final score 9-1.
Kazienko walked to lead off the inning and Ryan Anderson was then hit by a pitch.
Two outs later, Dallaire singled to drive in Kazienko and then Dagenais singled to plate Anderson with the game’s final run.