Spartans take their D4/10 baseball opener
GUELPH – The Centennial Spartans are figuring on being contenders in the District 4/10 high school boys’ baseball league this year after being pretenders last fall.
“Coming into this season, we didn’t have a great season last year,” Centennial coach Brett Nodwell said after the Spartans won their season opener 5-4 over the St. James Lions Monday at Pearson Park. “Getting a win under their belts this early will be extremely helpful for the rest of the season moving forward.”
The Spartans went 1-4-0 in the regular season last year and were knocked out of the quarter-finals. St. James recovered from a 0-4-1 regular season last year to reach the semifinals before being ousted.
Centennial’s record last year might make some of the teams in the seven-team loop take them lightly this year.
“We’re OK with that,” Nodwell said. “We’re fine playing the underdog role. If they want to take us lightly, then that’s OK. But any team in the D10 can beat any other team in the D10 so it’s just who shows up that day, gets a few timely hits and takes advantage of a few errors here and there. That’s any league.”
This year’s Centennial squad is a bit older than the one the Spartans fielded last year.
“We’ve added quite a few players,” Nodwell said. “Quite a few more seniors came out this year than they have in the past so it’s a good start for us.”
Monday, the Spartans scored three runs in the first inning on their way to the win on the league’s opening day. The victory left the Spartans feeling pretty high, but also feeling that most of their games are going to be tight affairs.
“This is a very good start,” Nodwell said. “These guys have a solid team and they have a chance to win D10. It’s a solid loop all the way through, every game we play is going to be a tough one so to get a W at any time is a good start.”
In high school baseball, the pitchers usually hold the key and the team that wins the CWOSSA title in the spring will need at least two good hurlers to succeed in the OFSAA championships that are run in tournament format.
“Our pitchers did well all the way through,” Nodwell said. “We’ve got four or five solid pitchers. We’re deep enough and even in a tournament situation we’re deep enough that we’d be able to pull out a couple of guys who pitch for their regular-season teams and would do a good job for us.”
Centennial’s pitching staff consists of Sam Worthan, Josh McIvor, Thomas Devereaux, Brodey Hlushko and Braeden Nodwell.
Centennial’s first three batters in the game — Hlushko, Trent Devine and Devereaux – hit consecutive singles to start the Spartans on their way to the win as all three would score.
The Spartans added another run in the third before the Lions scored two in the bottom of the inning. Centennial also scored a run in the fifth before St. James wrapped up the scoring with two in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
Hlushko hit two singles in the game while Devine, Devereaux, Ilhan Dahi and Ewan Caesar hit one apiece.
Worthan pitched four innings and allowed two runs off three hits. He struck out eight.
Nicholas Bombino hit a double and a single for the Lions while Ethan Dennie hit two singles. Noah Campagnolo belted a triple while Justin Power also hit a single. Cameron Keleher held Centennial to two runs in the three innings he pitched.
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- Guelph Sports Journal