Baseball Gryphons sweep Waterloo to move to tie for top spot

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons moved into a tie for first place in the OUA baseball league standings with a sweep of a Sunday doubleheader with the Waterloo Warriors at Hastings Stadium.

The Gryphs claimed a pair of one-run victories as they edged the Warriors 5-4 in the opening game and took the nightcap 6-5.

Guelph scored the winning run in the ninth inning in the opener and collected the winning run in the eighth inning in the second game. In OUA baseball doubleheaders, regulation length of the first game is nine innings while the second game is to be seven innings. Both will be extended if a tie exists at the end of the regulation innings.

The winning run in the second game came with two out in the eighth and put an end to a thrilling final pair of innings.

Guelph scored its opening run in the first inning, but Waterloo pulled even with a run in the top of the fourth. The Gryphs shot ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and were an out away from wrapping up the win in regulation time when Waterloo struck for four runs with two out in the top of the seventh.

The Gryphs rallied to force the extra inning when they collected two runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh.

The result leaves the Gryphs at 6-2 for 12 points while the Western Mustangs also have 12 points, but have two games in hand as the Mustangs are a perfect 6-0.

Waterloo and the Laurentian Voyageurs are tied for ninth at 0-8.

The Gryphs have two more home doubleheaders at Hastings Stadium next weekend as they’re to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-1) Saturday and Queen’s Gaels (4-2) Sunday. First game each day is to start at 12 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal