Baseball Gryphons split with Toronto

TORONTO – The Guelph Gryphons split a doubleheader with the Toronto Varsity Blues in OUA men’s baseball play Sunday at Dan Lang Field, losing the first game 8-7 and winning the second 6-2.

The Gryphs rallied to make the first game close after Toronto scored the first four runs of the game, all in the fourth inning. The Blues led 8-3 after seven innings, but the Gryphs responded with three in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Guelph was held to six hits in the match, all singles. Joe Ciccia had two of the hits and Matt Allen, Nick Interisano, Luke Whitehouse and Mason Copeland had one apiece. Ciccia and Robert Wolfer each had two RBIs.

Toronto connected for 12 hits including a triple by Tanner Young-Schultz, a double by Marco Bandiera and two singles each by Gabriel Nakonechny, Bradley Bedford, Sebastien Lech and Spencer Muirhead.

Mitch Over started and pitched three innings for the Gryphs, holding Toronto scoreless on two hits and a walk. He had a strikeout. Nathan Kramer took the loss as he surrendered six runs, five earned, off seven hits and a walk in three innings. He had three strikeouts. Robert Wilson relieved for 1 1/3 innings and he gave up two runs off three hits and a walk and he struck out two. Marshall Kovacs held Toronto scoreless and hitless in the final 2/3 of an inning.

Graham Tebbit started for Toronto and picked up the win despite committing two errors. He yielded three runs, all unearned, off four hits and two walks in seven innings and he had six strikeouts. Adam Odd, David Pham, Drew Valade and Grant Shantz saw time in relief and they combined to surrender four runs, three earned, off two hits and four walks in two innings. They also had two strikeouts, both by Shantz.

Guelph never trailed in the second game, but it remained close throughout. The teams scored a run apiece in the fourth before the Gryphs shot ahead for good with two runs in the sixth. They added three in the top of the seventh and final inning before Toronto scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh.

The Gryphs had eight hits in the game, led by Kyle Kinsey’s three singles. Ryan Freemantle had a triple and a single while Aaron Dahan, Allen and Interisano each had one single. Brendan Callaghan drove in two runs.

Michael Deluca had two singles for Toronto while Bradley Bedford had a double and Vijay Ramnarace, Lech and Roy Suzuki each had one single.

Sam Salemi was the winning pitcher for Guelph as he gave up an unearned run off four hits and two walks in six innings. He had three strikeouts. Jordon Inkol pitched the seventh and held Toronto to a run off two hits and a walk and he also had a strikeout.

Toronto pitching statistics were not reported.

The Gryphs and Waterloo Warriors are tied for seventh in the nine-team league at 4-6. Toronto is sixth at 4-5.

Guelph has three doubleheaders left on its regular-season schedule. The Gryphs are to play the McMaster Marauders (3-7) at Hamilton’s Bernie Arbour Stadium Saturday and host Waterloo at Hastings Stadium Sunday and finish the regular season by hosting the league-leading Brock Badgers (8-2) Oct. 6 at Hastings Stadium. First games in all three doubleheaders are to start at 12 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal