Baseball Gryphs split matches, but out of OUA tourney

AJAX – The Guelph Gryphons split their games at the OUA baseball championship tournament Saturday, but a loss to the Ryerson Rams proved to be a real heart-breaker.

Tournament games at the Ajax Sportsplex were all delayed Saturday and eventually dropped from planned seven-inning contests into five-inning matches as rain overnight Friday left the diamonds unplayable early in the day.

The Gryphs edged the Waterloo Warriors 2-1 in their first game of the day, but fell 8-3 in their second game and that loss left them in a tie with the McMaster Marauders, Ryerson, Waterloo and the Queen’s Gaels, all with 2-1-0 records.

As the Windsor Lancers finished the preliminary round at 3-0 and the Laurier Golden Hawks and Carleton Ravens were both at 2-0-1, three of the teams tied at 2-1-0 would move on to Sunday’s playoff round while two would not.

The tie involving the teams with the 2-1-0 records was broken using the tie-breaking formula that would put Waterloo and the Gryphons out.

While Windsor was alone in first, the Laurier-Carleton tie was broken by plus-minus differential with Laurier at plus-14 and Carleton at plus-6. That would give Windsor and Laurier byes in the wild-card round while Carleton was to play Queen’s in one of Sunday morning’s wild-card games and McMaster and Ryerson were to tangle in the other. Wild-card winners would advance to the noon-hour semifinals while the semifinal victors were to meet in a 4 p.m. final.

An unearned run in the fifth and final inning gave the Gryphs the 2-1 win over Waterloo after both teams had scored a run in the first inning.

The Gryphs were held to four hits in the game while Waterloo managed five. Cipriano Primicias had two hits for Guelph while Braedon Walsh and Arthur Kowara had one apiece. Walsh scored both runs.

Peter Zytner picked up the win on the mound as he pitched all five innings. He had three strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone.

Varun Kuo had two hits for Waterloo while Mackenzie Strong, Tyler Sayers and Varun Krishnammagaru had one apiece.

Stephen Gade pitched four innings for Waterloo and he surrendered an earned run off four hits. He had four strikeouts. Nick Levinski relieved for the fifth and he took the loss as he yielded the unearned run. He didn’t give up any hits, but walked two and he had a strikeout.

The Gryphs never led against Ryerson as the locals scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning while the Rams had four runs in the second and two in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Those final four runs were what knocked the Gryphs out of the tournament.

Walsh, Kowara and Brendan Callaghan each had a hit for the Gryphs as their bats remained cold. Kowara, Ryan Freemantle and Callaghan each scored a run and Troy Lacoste had Guelph’s lone RBI of the game.

Thomas Henderson started, but was relieved after 1 1/3 innings as he yielded three runs, two earned, off three hits. He didn’t walk or strike out anyone. Evan Kiser relieved and ended up taking the loss. He surrendered five runs, four earned, off six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts.

Mitch Fiacco and Andrew Ciuffreda each had two hits for Ryerson while Aidan Dolan, Sam Turcotte, Matt Tohana, Tyler Hopper and Spencer Snow had one apiece.

Justin Stonkus picked up the win for the Rams. He gave up three runs, one earned, off three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts. Logan Kerry relieved and shut down the Gryphs the rest of the way.


Gryphons 2 Warriors 1
Guelph        100-01–2 4 0
Waterloo     100-00–1 5 0
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Rams 8 Gryphons 3
Ryerson     040-22–8 9 0
Guelph       000-30–3 3 0
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