The New Jersey Jackals played spoilsport at Stade Canac, winning 4-3 at the expense of the Capitales de Québec on Friday night.
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In the top of the ninth inning, outfielder Josh Rehwaldt found one of Samuel Adames' (3-1) pitches to his liking and kicked the ball out of bounds. His solo home run broke the 3-3 tie and proved to be the difference maker in this first game of a series of three.
Back at bat for one last time, manager Patrick Scralabrini's men were unable to turn the tide. T.J. White and Josh McAdams hit weak ground balls, while Jonathan Lacroix was struck out by gunner Hansel Rodriguez.
This sad ending kind of screwed up the effort the “Caps” made to get back into the game. The Jackals took the lead by three runs after four innings, thanks in part to long balls from Rehwaldt and Dalton Combs.
The crowd favorites' comeback began on their fourth turn at bat, when Lacroix hit a single that allowed two of his teammates to hit home plate. Two taps later, White hit a solo homer that brought everyone back to square one.
Sent to the mound to start the game, Capitals pitcher John Witkows allowed three runs on four strikes from a safe place. He also passed three rivals in the mitten, and this, in six rounds of work.
The club of the Old Capital and the Jackals will meet in the evening on Saturday.