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Another mercy-rule win gives Baseball Gryphs regional title

 GUELPH – Mercy, mercy, mercy.

The Guelph Gryphons scored their third consecutive mercy-rule victory Saturday at Hastings Stadium to claim the OUA West Regional’s berth in next weekend’s championship tournament at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.

The Gryphs downed the Brock Badgers 14-2 in Saturday’s regional final. The game was halted after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Friday in round-robin play, the Gryphs downed the McMaster Marauders 11-1 in five innings and Brock 16-3 in eight innings.

The Badgers, who had beaten the Marauders 10-7 in round-robin play Friday, slipped by McMaster 10-8 in Saturday’s semifinal.

The Gryphs are to be joined in next weekend’s championship tournament by three other regional champions.

The Toronto Varsity Blues won the Central Regional title with an 11-1 victory over the Toronto Metropolitan Bold in Sunday’s final in Toronto. The Varsity Blues and Bold had tied 10-10 in round-robin play.

The Waterloo Warriors took the Far West Regional final 10-7 over the Laurier Golden Hawks Saturday night in Windsor. The Golden Hawks had won the round-robin meeting between the two teams 5-0 Friday.

The Queen’s Gaels took the East Regional with a 14-2 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Sunday’s final in Ottawa. The Gee-Gees had beaten the Gaels 11-4 in round-robin action Saturday.

The OUA championship tournament in Kitchener is to be held Friday and Saturday.

Of the teams in the tournament, the Gryphs won three of four from Waterloo during the regular season. Guelph won 7-6, 14-4 and 9-6 while Waterloo won 2-1.

The Gryphs didn’t play either Toronto or Queen’s.

The Varsity Blues are the defending champions and have won the title six times in its 21-year history. None of the other three championship tournament combatants has ever claimed the crown.


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