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Aurora, Ivy battle for NDBL's Strother Cup

Posted September 2, 2014

The quest for the Strother Cup in the North Dufferin Baseball League begins Sept. 6 with Aurora Jays hosting the Ivy Leafs in Game 1 of the best of seven championship series. Game time is 12 p.m.

Ivy enters the finals after defeating the defending league champs Bolton Brewers three games to one in second round play. The Brewers won the league title for five straight years.

The first two games went to Ivy with 4-2 and 3-0 scores. Bolton won game three 6-1. Ivy finished the series defeating Bolton 7-5 in game four.

Aurora faced New Lowell Knights in the semi-finals and had little difficulty taking the series. In the end three games were played with Aurora victories of 6-2, 4-3 and 7-2.

The Jays appeared in the championship round in 2010 and last season, meeting the strong Bolton team both times, only winning one out of nine games played in the final series.

Aurora had a stellar regular season winning 23 games while only suffering three losses and finished in first place. They defeated both New Lowell in the second round and the Barrie Angels in the first round in three games each.

It has been ten years since Ivy made the championship round. They were finalists in 2004 losing to New Lowell 4 games to 2. They were champions in 2003 after beating Clarksburg in the finals.

Ivy has also improved this year finishing third place with a 20-5-1 regular season record. It took them four games in both the opening and second rounds to beat Mansfield Cubs and Bolton.

After the first game on Sept. 6, the teams meet on Sept. 7 in Ivy, Sept. 9 in Aurora, Sept. 13 in Ivy, Sept. 16 in Aurora, Sept. 20 in Ivy, and Sept. 21 in Aurora.