The Elmira Expos are topping the standings in the South Perth Men’s Fastball League as they approach the halfway point of the season, putting them in a prime position as they head into this year’s Cephas Roth Memorial Tournament in Tavistock next week.
The Expos suffered their first loss of the season to the Ponsonby Sting last week, an 11-10 decision that went 10 innings. But the men were able to recover by Thursday last week in a home game against the Nith River Monsters. The Monsters kept the Elmira team at bay with ten strikeouts in that game, which was played in the evening at the Industrial ball diamond on 32 Park St. W., but the Expos kept the pressure on, holding the visitors to two runs while putting up four of their own in turn.
The Expos are sharing the top spot in a neck-and-neck race with the Shakespeare Falcons. The teams are 4-1, just a game ahead of the second place Nith River Monsters at 3-1. The top three teams are breaking away from the pack, with the Ponsonby Sting taking the distant third place with a record of 1-4.
The men will be back at the Industrial ball diamond at 8:45 p.m. this evening to take on the visiting St. Paul’s Generals for a late evening match. The Generals are at 0-4 in the standings, putting a win within the home team’s grasp.
The Nith River Monsters, meanwhile, will be facing off against the Shakespeare Falcons on Sunday in Shakespeare. A win for the Nith River here over the Falcons could see the Expos pull into the lead and knock the Falcons out of the shared first place spot in the league.
The Expos kicked off the season in late May, and will be playing on into late August, with home games typically falling onto Thursday evenings. The year-end tournament, meanwhile, is set for September 6 and 7.