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Micksburg Twins open their playoffs with win over West Carleton Electric

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Micksburg's Joran Graham lets loose against West Carleton Electric during the first game of the playoffs for the Mickburg Twins held Wednesday evening, Sept. 7 in Micksburg. The pitching of Graham and Corey Costello combined  shut down the Electric 6-0.

Micksburg's Joran Graham lets loose against West Carleton Electric during the first game of the playoffs for the Mickburg Twins held Wednesday evening, Sept. 7 in Micksburg. The pitching of Graham and Corey Costello combined shut down the Electric 6-0.

MICKSBURG - A twin effort by Micksburg Twins pitchers helped smooth the way to a playoff win Wednesday night, as the home team blanked West Carleton Electric 6-0.

Corey Costello struck out nine batters in the first four innings, while Joran Graham struck out nine of 10 batters he faced in the bottom three to shut down the visitors from Fitzroy Harbour.

Losing pitcher Andy Barber went the distance for West Carleton.

Micksburg opened their playoffs in the Greater Ottawa Men's Fastball League after being idle for three weeks, due to earning a bye from topping the league's regular season standings. This gives them the home-field advantage throughout the rest of their playoff run.

At this stage every win is crucial, as the Twins and the three other remaining teams - West Carleton, the Quyon Flyers and the Kars Aces - are playing a double knockout round robin to determine the league champions. Essentially, any team that loses twice is out of contention, and the survivor gets the spoils.

The Twins got on the scoreboard early. In the first, Andrew McIntyre walked, then advanced to second on a passed ball. He scored off of a single batted in by Jamey Mick.

Micksburg scored two more runs in the second as a result of back-to-back singles by Matt McIntyre and Scott Conroy, and an RBI single by Mick.

In the fifth inning, the Twins racked up two more runs to make it 5-0. Mick singled to get on base, then Graham hit a two-run homer, bouncing the ball off of the top of the fence in centre field, where it bounced over and out of reach.

The last run of the game was courtesy of Mick again, who hit a solo home run in the sixth. It really was his night, as he scored twice and hit three RBIs.

SUhler@postmedia.com