Baseball Gryphons split with Queen’s Gaels

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons split a doubleheader with the Queen’s Gaels in OUA baseball play at Hastings Stadium Sunday.

The hosts scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a 7-6 victory in the second game after Queen’s took the opener 15-3.

The Gaels broke a 3-3 tie in the first game with four runs in the seventh inning and they added another run in the eighth and seven runs in the ninth.

Paul Neophytou had three hits for Guelph while Robert Wolfer, Mason Copeland, Matthew Carscadden, Tyler Randa, Michael Rourke and Ashton Patterson had one apiece.

Austin O’Boyle drove in three runs for Queen’s with three singles while Sean Alp also had three RBIs as he hit a homer and a single. Matt Plut and Curtis Smith each hit a double and a single while Jake Zeldin, Jeremy Browne and Joey Stipec each hit two singles.

Thomas Henderson took the loss for the Gryphs as he surrendered six runs, four earned, off 10 hits and two walks in six innings. Hayden Adair, Steven Shum, Graham Wilmot and Alex Fishback all pitched in relief and they combined to yield nine earned runs off eight hits and five walks in three innings. Henderson, Adair and Wilmot each had one strikeout.

Will Langford had the win for Queen’s as he gave up three runs, two earned, off seven hits and two walks in eight innings. He had six strikeouts. Shane Brimacombe pitched the ninth and held the Gryphs to a hit while he recorded a strikeout and issued a walk.

The Gryphs needed the seventh-inning run in the second game although they had led 6-1 after five innings. Queen’s scored three runs in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh before Guelph got the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Wolfer hit a double in the game for Guelph’s only extra-base hit of the doubleheader. Neophytl, Luke Whitehouse, Copeland, Evan Britt and Craig Henning each had one hit.

Grayson Wesley started for the Gryphs and yielded two unearned runs in two innings as he gave up three hits and a walk. Sam Salemi picked up the win in relief as he held Queen’s to four earned runs off five hits in five innings. He had a strikeout.

O’Boyle drove in two more runs with another homer and a single for Queen’s while Alp also hit two singles.

The Gryphs collected six runs, four earned, off Queen’s starter Alex Rich in 3 2/3 innings before Gavin Ronan relieved and went the rest of the way. He was charged with the loss after surrendering an earned run in his stint of 3 1/3 innings. Both Rich and Ronan had two strikeouts.

The results leave the Gryphs sixth in the 10-team league with a 7-5 record. Toronto Varsity Blues lead at 8-2 and are followed by the Western Mustangs at 8-4. The Laurier Golden Hawks, McMaster Marauders and Queen’s are all tied at 7-3. Trailing the Gryphs are the Brock Badgers at 6-2, Ryerson Rams at 2-10 and Laurentian Voyageurs and Waterloo Warriors both at 0-10.

The Gryphs have three doubleheaders left on their regular season. They’re to play McMaster at Hamilton Saturday, Brock at St. Catharines Sunday and host Western Oct. 5.

  • Guelph Sports Journal