Shawinigan pushes Sherbrooke to the brink in semifinals

Shawinigan pushes Sherbrooke to  the brink in semifinals
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Record Staff

The Sherbrooke Expos have their backs up against the wall, as they stare down a 3-0 series deficit to the Shawinigan Cascades, and face a possible series sweep in Sherbrooke on Friday evening at Amédée-Roy Stadium.
The Expos travelled to Shawinigan on Tuesday hoping to carve into the Cascades’ 2-0 series lead, however the most dominant team in the league this season continued to their impressive run with an 11-5 win, thanks to some opportunistic play by the offence.
Shawinigan put up three runs in the second inning. Michael Laprise sent a single shot into the outfield, and Ismaël Ballard followed up with a two-run home run. The Expos responded in the third inning, as Corentin Boucher hit a single to bring in team manager Bruno Laurin.
However, the Cascades increased their lead by two in the fourth inning off a stolen base. Steve Brown scored on a throw to second base, and Ballard popped in a single soon after. The home team entered the sixth inning with a 6-2 lead, pushing the Expos to their limits.
Sherbrooke showed some signs of life, however, notching three runs to cut into Shawinigan’s lead. Kyle Hazel hit a solo home run, while Laurin and Germin Lopez hit singles to make it 6-5. Unfortunately, the Cascades came back with five runs to seal the victory.
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