The Majors defeated the Guelph Royals 3-0 in an Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) exhibition game Friday night at Labatt Park.
Majors starter Owen Boon pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just five hits.
London’s Cleveland Brownlee went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Julian Johnson went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Majors.
Friday’s game in London, Ont., was “not just a regular baseball game but a game to ensure the historic longevity of Labatt Park remains intact,” said co-owner and manager Roop Chanderdat.
Since 1877, at least one baseball game has been played at Labatt Park each year.
But then in mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the IBL was forced to cancel the season.
“We don’t want it to go down on our watch that somehow there was no game played at Labatt Park,” Chanderdat said.
The manager said Guelph stepped up, and the Majors put a roster together.
“I’m excited about the guys who are here. They want to play and are excited to play,” Chanderdat said.
The game was not open to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.