London Majors to Kick Off IBL 2021 Postseason – London | The Canadian News

As the London Majors join the 2021 Inter-County Baseball League playoffs on Friday night at Labatt Park, they are five wins away from a place they haven’t been since 1975.

That was the last time London won the IBL championship.

They have been to the finals seven times since then, but were runners-up in the pursuit of what has become an elusive title for the major leagues.

But this year has provided one of the best opportunities. London skyrocketed toward the league’s comeback, winning their first four games by a combined score of 40-6.

They maintained that momentum throughout the season and captured the IBL pennant.

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Roop Chanderdat bought the majors with Scott Dart in 2005 and Chanderdat has that little extra hint of anticipation in his voice as he looks forward in Game 1 of a best-of-three series against the Brantford Red Sox.

“The focus and drive (from the players) has been a championship from day one. We are talking about the playoffs. We are talking about taking care of business and trying to reach the final. “

The road to the end is quick, kind of like turning on a one-way street near Western Fair. You get to the next intersection almost instantly and if Chanderdat is going to allow any concern among his enthusiasm, it’s to make sure his team is still focused after some downtime when the first round of the postseason was played.

“We said goodbye and secured the flag early so we had a lot of free time. The only thing you are wondering about is rust and momentum. We know the importance of having a good start in a short series ”.

Things start on Friday at 7:35 pm. M. At Labatt Park and then immediately traded to Brantford for Game 2 on Saturday at 7:30 pm. M. If necessary, Game 3 is back at Labatt Park on Sunday night at 7:35 pm. M.

Chanderdat says the goal leading up to the first pitch was to get his club used to the speed of the game.

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“We did live work during the week pitchers were facing live hitting.”

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He knows there is no simulation of the real thing, something the Red Sox got in a 2-0 win series over the Kitchener Panthers.

“Brantford is a good team,” says Chanderdat. “It is a club that plays us well with good defense and deep pitching.”

Still, London did not win the IBL pennant by accident. The Majors are a team that does a lot of things well.

“We had really good pitching,” says Chanderdat. “Owen Boon and Pedro De Los Santos have a lot of credit. They have been leading our team from an initial perspective. So we have Braeden Ferrington out of jail. We also have a team that can manufacture races and if our big bats get them, that’s an advantage too. “

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Two of the three times a London team led by Chanderdat has made it to the championship, they have faced Brantford and had to watch the Red Sox celebrate.

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This semi-final series won’t come complete with champagne at the end, but the team that makes it through will be a best-of-five series from having won all.

That’s something Major League Baseball has been waiting for a long time.

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