Baseball Gryphs split doubleheaders to finish regular season
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons completed their regular season by splitting a pair of OUA baseball doubleheaders.
They split with the Queen’s Gaels at Kingston Saturday and with the Laurier Golden Hawks Sunday at Pearson Park.
Saturday, the Gaels took the first game 5-4 while the Gryphs came back for a 5-1 win in the second game.
Sunday, the Gryphs eked out a 5-4 win in the opener while Laurier squeezed by for a 7-6 win in the nightcap.
The Gryphs finish the regular season at 7-5 while Queen’s finished at 9-7 and Laurier finished at 9-5.
The regular season was an unofficial one as all 14 teams in the league advance to a qualifier this weekend. The Gryphs are to play in the West Regional Qualifier in Hamilton with the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders. Brock was 6-4 in the regular season while McMaster was 6-8.
Sam Brown and Arthur Kowara were the only Gryphons to play all 14 games. They each had two homers while Brown had 18 RBIs and Kowara had 13. Owen Ellis had Guelph’s only other homer and he drove in 13 runs. Nicholas Jaeggin had four stolen bases and Tucker Delaney had two.
Kowara had 21 hits and a .457 batting average while Brown had 18 hits and a .353 batting average and Ellis had 16 hits and a .390 batting average. Delaney had 14 hits and a .341 batting average and Jack Gillis had 13 hits and a .325 batting average.
On the mound, Bennett Moore and Daniel Meron both had 2-0 records while Ryan Cooper, Max Rutherford, Sam Kerr and Liam Karn were each 1-0.
Moore, Cooper and Rutherford each started three games with Moore pitching 17 innings and Cooper and Rutherford each pitching 14 2/3 innings. Rutherford had 19 strikeouts while Moore had 16 and Cooper had 11.
Ryan Brown had the team’s lone save. He appeared in three games, pitched 2 1/3 innings and had three strikeouts. Sam Kerr didn’t allow an earned run in 8 2/3 innings while Logan Miziolek had a 1.13 earned-run average in eight innings, Justin Philp was at 2.08 ERA in four innings, Moore had a 2.12 ERA and Meron was at 2.16.
The Gryphs are to play Brock Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium and McMaster there Friday at 5 p.m.
Bottom two of the three teams in the qualifier are to meet in the semifinal Saturday at 10 a.m. The first-place team is to play the semifinal winner in the qualifier final Saturday at 2 p.m.
The West Regional champ is to return to Bernie Arbour Stadium Oct. 13 for the OUA semifinals with the champions of the East, Central and Far West regionals.
The OUA final is to be played Oct. 14.
The Gryphs are to play a tune-up game against the Humber College Hawks Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hastings Stadium.
- Guelph Sports Journal