The Rimouski Fighting Moose have upset the best team in the LL during the regular season, Ohio Oxen, shocking the Lake League playoffs in the Elimination Round.
The 2016 defending Bull Cup champions were shown the exit after falling in Game 4 of their series, 6-2. Mo-ruo Chen was credited for the win while Rusty Rowe took the hit for the loss.Juan Toothry went yard for the second time in the series, but the Moose overwhelmed the Oxen with two home runs of their own, including a 3-run shot by regular season HR leader Alan ‘Dangerous’ Isimo, and another by Joe Street.
Isimo was awarded the LL Elimination Series MVP award, having hit 3 dingers and knocked in 8 runs, while scoring 5 times himself and hitting .333 during the series.
Ohio’s one good game was Game 3, when Frasor Clause got the start. Although Ohio offered lots of support, scoring 8 runs, Clause was solid in pitching a quality start, striking out 6 batters through 6.1 innings. The LL wins leader only allowed 6 hits, one of which was Isimo’s second home run of the series, a 2-run shot. It was also 2B Justin Good’s first game back after an injury near the end of August, and he was in fine form with an RBI single with 2-out, and was twice the linchpin in double-plays.
Rimouski now move on to play the Montreal Metros in the LLCS. Montreal swept Boston earlier this week. Rimouski, formerly the Hamilton Crusaders, have met Montreal in the LLCS just once before, in 2002, with Hamilton taking that series 3-1.