High Five for Hurricanes

THE Dublin City Hurricanes captured the Irish National Baseball League title for the fifth season running after beating Mariners 2-1 in the three-match title series.

The Mariners, who had topped the league this season, enjoyed homefield advantage in Shankhill for the opening two matches of the title series with both sides carding a win apiece.

Robert Cavichionn Hurricanes Photos by Brian Connolly

The Clondalkin-based Hurricanes landed a fifth straight Irish National Baseball League title following their three-match series victory over Mariners in Corkagh Park (Photo by Brian Connolly)

This led to a decisive third match in Corkagh Park where the defending champions won out 15-6 with  center fielder Timmy Rodriguez producing a three-run home run.

Starting pitcher Robert Cavichionni paced the Clondalkin-based Hurricanes to victory over nine complete innings in which there were six hits by catcher Kelvin Almonte.

Dan Sweatland of the Mariners had a good day at the plate and Chuck Adams was solid at shortstop.

The victory means that the Hurricanes will represent Ireland against British champions the London Mets in the now annual Irish British Baseball Cup.

Having lost to the Mets in England last year, the Hurricanes will play host to the British champions in Corkagh Park in April of 2020 hoping to spring a home victory.

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