Welland ball club ready to face Kitchener in opening round


Published August 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm

The Welland Jackfish are hoping for capacity crowds of 2,500 at their stadium as they take on the Kitchener Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Despite finishing the Intercounty Baseball League season with a 31-11 record, the exact same as both Guelph and London, the Welland Jackfish were slotted third for the playoff round.

With the three teams tying, the IBL had to look at their head-to-head records to line them for the playoffs.

That means the post-season will see the Jackfish face off against the sixth-place Kitchener Panthers in a series that opens tomorrow night (August 25) at Welland Stadium.

From there, they’ll travel to Kitchener and be back to Welland for Game Three on August 27. If needed in the Best-of-Five opening round, they’ll return to Welland for Game Five on August 30.

Their game day promotions caught the eye of website, stadiumjourney.com, which clearly felt the stadium was a full step above others in the IBL.

“The Welland Jackfish are rewriting the rule book for Intercounty Baseball. Unlike the other teams in the league which are far more passive when it comes to the gameday atmosphere, the Jackfish are quite active and pushing the Canadian Baseball envelope,” said the site.

“The best comparison for the Jackfish south of the border would be the experience of the St. Paul Saints (the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins). It is far more about the fan experience than just trotting out a bunch of ball players and some equipment.”

On a separate note, the Jackfish pledged $5 per strike-out all season long in their “Strike-Out Cancer” campaign and by season’s end has raised $1,595 for the Niagara Health Foundation by recording 319 strike-out in their 42-game regular season, equaling an average of slightly more than 7.5 strike-outs per game.

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