Rouen Huskies in driver’s seat

In France’s Division 1 best-of-five championship series (Championnat de France), the Rouen Huskies have taken a commanding 2-0 lead. After yesterday’s game in Sénart was rained out, a doubleheader was played today.  In both games, the Huskies beat the Templiers de Sénart with big margins: 9-2 and 10-3.

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The first game of today was also played under drizzling rain. Nevertheless, Rouen won 9-2. After five innings the multiple French champions had a 5-0 lead. But Sénart got back in the game in the bottom of the fifth when it scored twice. But that was all the Templiers were capable of as starting pitcher Ely Saul Izturriaga limited them to seven hits as he struck out nine. In the sixth and seventh inning, Rouen scored a run each and in the ninth the Huskies added two more to their score leading to a regular 9-2 victory.

Izturriaga earned the win. Enrique Sosa was the best hitter as he went 3 for 5 with a double. Catcher Dylan Gleeson drove in the most runs for Rouen with three.

In the second game, the Templiers scored their first run in the sixth inning but by then, the Huskies had taken a 9-0 lead already.  Yolmer Camacho earned the win for Rouen in game two. In seven innings, he was vastly dominant as he struck out thirteen, walked one and allowed one run on four hits.

Best hitter for Rouen in game two was Luc Viger, who went 4 for 4 with a run scored. Most runs were driven in by Louis Brainville, who went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

Next weekend, the remaining three games will be played in Rouen. But with the Huskies leading 2-0 in the series already, they only need one more win. And with the dominance they have shown in the first two games, it may very well be that the series will last only three games.

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