The Welland Jackfish head into the Intercounty Baseball League playoffs on a high after securing first place overall with a win in Barrie Sunday afternoon.
The Jackfish topped the Baycats 8-4 to run their record to 29-10 with three games remaining in the regular season.
“Obviously, our goal was to finish first and get the top seed for the playoffs,” Jackfish manager Brian Essery said.
The pennant was the first in franchise history.
“This group has made this season the best one yet, but we aren’t done. It’s time to win the whole freakin’ thing,” team president Ryan Harrison said. “This was a true team effort. I’m very proud of the franchise, and for our fan base.”
The Jackfish, who have won four in a row, put together two memorable winning streaks this season of 14 and 10 games.
“We got off to a good start with a 14-game winning streak. Everything was clicking at the point,” Essery said. “Our bats were clicking, our pitching was behind a little bit behind our bats. Subsequently, that streak ended and we started another 10-gamer and the roles reversed, our pitching was keeping us in games and winning games for us and our bats have scuffled a little bit.
“Hopefully, prior to the playoffs we can get both of them rolling again. I’m confident our pitching is going to stay the way it is with the pitchers we have, we just need to concentrate on having better at bats and putting some more runs on the board.”