French Elite League Finals Game 4, in Savigny:
(3-1) Rouen Huskies – Savigny Lions 7-2
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250 people watched the ROUEN HUSKIES celebrate their fifth straight French Elite League championship and sixth in seven years on Sunday thanks to a 7-2 win over the SAVIGNY LIONS of game four of the best-of-five championship series.
As like in the first three games of the finals, SAVIGNY had the better start taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a sac fly by Vincent Ferreira. ROUEN answered in the third with a two-run double by Boris Marche to turn the score into their favor. Another inning later, the HUSKIES extended the advantage to three runs due to a RBI single by Kenji Hagiwara and a muffed throw by LIONS first baseman Sebastien Boyer.
SAVIGNY cut the deficit to 2-4 in the fifth after a RBI single by Pierrick Lemestre, but it was the last time they would score in the 2009 season. Additionally ROUEN added three more runs in the eighth on another RBI single by Hagiwara and a pair of sac flies by David Gauthier and Luc Piquet to seal the victory and the championship.
Keino Perez (W 2-0), who impressed in relief during the first two games last week, started for ROUEN and pitched a 112-pitch complete game. He allowed two runs on ten hits and a walk in the nine innings, striking out four. Carlos Jiminian (L 0-2) got the nod over Tim Stewart for the LIONS and issued three hits, two runs and a whopping seven walks in just 2 1/3 innings. Stewart replaced him in the third, but didn’t fare better. He surrendered nine hits, five runs (3 ER) and a bb in 5 2/3 innings.