Creeks rally twice to topple Halton Hills

GUELPH – The Guelph Silvercreeks hit for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim a 10-9 win over the Halton Hills Eagles in Central Ontario junior baseball league play Wednesday night at Hastings Stadium.

The win stretched the Creeks win streak in the COBA loop to five games as they’ve won each time out this season. The Creeks are 10-1 overall on the season with the lone loss coming in the final of the Mississauga North tournament June 2 when they were downed 13-3 by the Etobicoke Rangers.

“Our season’s been incredible. We’re playing a lot better than I expected us to be playing,” Creeks coach Fred Loder said. “We’re happy.”

Wednesday, momentum proved to be a fleeting friend as it jumped back and forth between the teams throughout the league outing.

“We haven’t played in over a week, a week and a half, so we definitely started out a little rusty,” Loder said. “We gave them a lot of runs tonight so I think it should’ve been a bigger score for us, but both teams made a bunch of errors. Both teams didn’t look that good.”

The long layoff also meant the Creeks used most of their lineup in their return to league play.

“We started our nine and we were struggling,” Loder said. “We had a couple of big bats sitting on the bench so I had to throw them in and it worked. We caught up, but a little bit of sloppy play and a couple of good hits by them, too.”

Halton Hills led 4-0 after the second inning before the Creeks rallied for a 7-4 lead after six innings. That rally included back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth.

But the Eagles seized momentum again to go up 9-7 after seven and a half innings only for the Creeks to record another three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth to complete the scoring.

Jason Boulanger started on the mound for the Creeks while Andre Campbell picked up the save.

If the Creeks and Eagles (3-3-1) didn’t get enough of each other Wednesday night, they’re to meet again Friday at Hastings Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.

“I don’t mind that,” Loder said of the back-to-back games against the same opponent. “It gives you a good test. I expected that team to be good and they’re actually a little better than I thought they’d be, to be honest with you. They’ve definitely got some good bats on that team. We’ll maybe take a little bit different look at the lineup on Friday.”

 

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