It’s play-off time. By Doug Kennedy

Baseball playoffs start this week and it will be interesting to see if the homeruns keep flying out of the park as they have all season. Usually in playoffs, the team with the best pitching gets to the World Series. It will be hard to pick a winner if the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros get to the World Series. It will be hard to beat the top three pitchers with the Astros, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke. The Dodgers top three are Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu. It is amazing how the Dodgers can bring in new young players from their minor league system every year. One of the latest additions is 21-year-old catcher Will Smith. This could finally be the year the Dodgers win, as they have been a playoff contender for a lot of years. After turning over their roster in the last two years, the Listowel Cyclones stay in first place after the first month of the Junior B season. They have six wins and one loss, while only scoring 17 goals and allowing 14 goals. After taking a year off, Caledonia is back in and on top with an 8-1 record. Leamington is leading the other division with a 7-1-1 record, with my old team, the St. Marys Lincolns, a couple points behind. The Bulldogs split a pair of games on the weekend, beating the Mitchell Hawks at home in overtime 4-3 on Friday night. Jamie Brock picked up the win in his first game with the Bulldogs, stopping 25 shots. Jacob Traynor tied the game up while the goalie was pulled, with Mike Fiegehen and Bryce McFadden assisting. Dan Skinner scored the winner in overtime with Logan Freiburger assisting. McFadden and Freiburger scored the other two goals. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs travelled to Mount Forest and lost 6-2. Jordan Caskenette scored both goals for the Bulldogs. This Saturday night they host the Hanover Barons at 7:30 p.m., and will travel to Goderich on Sunday for a game at 2:30 p.m. This Saturday is the annual Hockey Day in Kincardine, with minor hockey teams playing Saugeen Shores teams all day, starting at 8 a.m. at the Davidson Centre. The Ripley Wolves open the season against the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by the Bulldogs vs. the Hanover Barons at 7:30 p.m. It should be a great night at the Davidson Centre as Ripley has recently signed DJ Falconer, the right winger who scored over 100 goals for the Stayner Siskins the last two years. Head coach Dustin Catto is confident they will battle for first place this year.

It’s play-off time. By Doug Kennedy was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Tammy Schneider

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