Majors Beat Maple Leafs in Game Five to Win IBL Title

by Ryan Eakin

LONDON  - Our runs fall short.

The London Majors defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-4 on Friday evening to win their first Jack and Lynne Dominico Cup since 1975.

London starter Owen Boon overcame early struggles to record the win in this championship-clinching game, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in six innings pitched.

Longtime Majors right fielder Byron Reichstein was the difference for the Majors at the plate tonight, going one-for-three with two walks.

His one and only hit was a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give the Majors a 4-3 lead.

London reliever Eduardo Perez recorded a nine-out save after starting for the Majors on Tuesday evening.

Toronto starter Marek Deska took the loss allowing five earned runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings pitched. 

TORONTO - 4-14-3

LONDON - 8-11-0

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Reichstein's three-run home run was no question the turning point tonight, as the Majors never trailed again after the power lefty bat gave London the lead.

BY THE NUMBERS...

14. It has now been 14 years for the Maple Leafs since their last championship.

46: For London, this championship is their first in 46 years.

The Maple Leafs would like to congratulate the Majors on their championship and thank them for such a hard-fought, thrilling series.

We would also like to thank all of our fans who have supported us this season, as well as all of our volunteers who make all of this possible.

We will see all of you in 2022!

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Photo: @LaRussaGastro