The road to the Intercounty Baseball League Championship for the London Majors begins Friday night at Labatt Park.
London finished this year in thrilling fashion, winning a one-game playoff against the Kitchener Panthers to give them the 2016 pennant and the top seed heading into the playoffs.
The Majors (28-9) now take on the sixth-seeded Guelph Royals (7-29), who finished on an eight-game losing streak.
Meanwhile, manager Roop Chanderdat’s squad won eight in a row to end the season.
“We’ve been playing playoff baseball for the last eight games. We talked about it in the room and the boys did that, so the boys are ready to go, we’ve been in playoff mode for the last two weeks,” said Chanderdat.
The skipper pointed to starting pitching as being one of the keys to success. Elis Jimenez (8-1) leads the team in wins and strikeouts (74), and will get the nod in game one.
“Our four starters have been good and our bullpen’s been good, so we’ve got to stick to that formula, good pitching,” Chanderdat said. “What our pitchers want is a lead. We try to get them a lead, they’re more comfortable, they can throw more of their breaking pitches.”
Chanderdat says the Royals have good defence and starting pitching and they’ve “played us tough all year.”
Game time is 7:35 p.m.