Lions, Gaels to meet in baseball final

GUELPH – The winners of this year’s District 4/10 baseball championship game Wednesday will claim the title for the first time in at least nine years.

That was decided Monday when the St. James Lions and Guelph CVI Green Gaels took their semifinal matches, the second-place Lions beating the third-place Ross Royals 10-5 at Hastings Stadium and the fifth-place Gaels edging the first-place Bishop Macdonell Celtics 7-6 at Pearson Park.

The Gaels last won the D4/10 crown in 2008 with their second title victory in six years and fourth overall. St. James last won it in 2001 when they took the title for the fifth consecutive year and fifth time overall.

Monday at Hastings Stadium, the Lions jumped on Ross miscues for five runs in the bottom of the first inning after the Royals had scored two runs in the top of the inning. The Lions sent nine batters to the plate in the inning and two were hit by pitches, one was walked, one reached base on an error, two hit singles and two scored on passed balls.

For St. James, Nathaniel Maw had a single and two RBIs, Bryan Richardson hit a single and drove in a run, Ethan Dennie knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice, Nick Bombino had a single, Noah Graham reached base on an error and he scored two runs and Caleb Bowles hit a single.

The Lions, who scored three runs in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, had two hits and were issued six walks after the first inning.

Nick LoStracco started and pitched four innings for St. James. He yielded three runs, one earned, off three hits and one walk and he had six strikeouts. Noah Campagnolo relieved for the final three innings and he surrendered two runs off three hits and one walk and he had four strikeouts.

After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Royals added another run in the third and two more in the seventh and final inning. Blaise Shaw hit a triple and double and drove in two runs, Jacob Devey and Andre Campbell each hit a single and had an RBI, Liam Brown hit a double, Jackson Wahl hit a single and Brad Evans scored on a balk.

Details from GCVI’s win over Bishop Mac were not reported.

Wednesday’s final at Hastings Stadium is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal