It was not easy, but the Capitales de Québec signed an eighth consecutive win this Sunday. This time, the team of manager Patrick Scalabrini won 2 to 1 in the eleventh round against the Y'alls of Florence at the Stade Canac.
This is the first time the Capitals have tasted the new formula to end games in the 11th inning. Since this season, the teams have played only half an inning. The local manager decides whether his club will play the tiebreaker in attack or defence.
Scalabrini chose to trust his reliever and defensive players and he was right to do so. Gunner Andrew Case did the job, earning a strikeout in the process. The “Caps” thus won by not granting any points during this half-inning.
"It was very strange for me to manage it that way," Scalabrini said at a press conference. [...] We will get used to it. I think we're going to go defensive more often, considering how we're swinging these days. We are lucky to have several quality pitchers in our enclosure.
The Y'alls were the first to sign up to the brand. In the second inning, Joe Lytle kicked the ball out of bounds. The Capitals' response came two engagements later, when Josh McAdams took advantage of a missed pitch to step on the plate.
The Old Capital team will return to action on Tuesday, when the Empire State Grays will be at State Canac for the first of a three-game series.