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Guelph Gryphons go to school on opening fastpitch weekend

GUELPH — Opening weekend of the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association season was a learning one for the Guelph Gryphons.

“We got the one win and that’s what I was concerned about: get that one win over with,” Gryphon coach Craig Christie said after the Gryphs finished the weekend with a win and three losses. “Yeah, we lost three but my vision is I know where to put people now, what to work on the next practice and we’ll see what the rest of the season is.”

Playing on diamonds on the University of Guelph campus, the Gryphs split with the York Lions Friday night and dropped a doubleheader with the Queen’s Gaels Saturday. The Gryphs beat York 7-3 and lost 11-4 and were defeated 7-3 and 11-3 by Queen’s.

“The first game we had on Friday night against York was a good win for us. I was quite happy,” Christie said. “The second game was closer, it was a mercy, but it was a late-inning mercy. (Saturday’s) games weren’t so good. We had some good hits and a few errors, quite a few errors. But it’s early in the season and we’re going to go. We’ve got 20 more games to go.”

The games gave the Gryphon coaches a chance to see what areas the team needs to improve on to be able to make their goal of qualifying for the playoffs come to fruition.

“We’ve got to work on some hitting, pitching,” Christie said. “We’ll probably do some running just for the stamina. I saw the girls getting a little bit tired at the end. We’ll work on that kind of stuff.”

The Gryphs are also scheduled to play a pair of doubleheaders on their own campus next weekend. Of Guelph’s first 14 games, 10 are at home.

“It is good to stay home,” Christie said. “We’ve got all our home games early in the season and then we’re all travel after that. Distance wise, the travel is shorter this year. The furthest we go is Windsor and Western. Other years it’s Ottawa, Carleton and Queen’s.”

Following Saturday’s games, Queen’s leads the 13-team league with a 4-0 record while Brock and Toronto are both at 3-1 and Western, Ottawa and McMaster are each at 2-0. The Gryphs and York are both at 1-3. Carleton hasn’t played yet while Waterloo, Windsor and Ryerson are each at 0-2 and Laurier’s at 0-4.

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