Gryphons sweep Laurentian aside to finish league play

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons completed their OUA men’s baseball league’s regular season by sweeping a doubleheader from the Laurentian Voyageurs Saturday at Hastings Stadium.

The Gryphs scored six runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-3 victory in the first game. They held the Voyageurs to three hits in winning the second game 7-0.

The hosts actually had to come back to take the lead in the opening match after Laurentian scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first. The Gryphs never trailed after scoring their six in the bottom of the first as they added single runs in the second and fifth innings while Laurentian collected its other run in the seventh.

Ryan Freemantle, Brendan Callaghan and Tyler Randa each had two hits for the Gryphs in the opening game while Ashton Patterson, Braedon Walsh, Arthur Kowara, Michael Rourke and Matthew Gravelle each had one hit.

Dylan Clark picked up the win as he held Laurentian to the two first-inning runs in his six-inning stint. Hayden Adair relieved for the final three innings. Each had one strikeout while Adair issued a walk.

Evan Kiser and Jordon Inkol combined on the three-hitter in the seven-inning nightcap. Kiser pitched six innings and he had five strikeouts and two walks to get the win. Inkol held Laurentian hitless in a three-up, three-down seventh as he recorded the three outs with a total of six pitches.

Each batter in Guelph’s lineup had a hit in the second game. Callaghan and Walsh had two apiece while Kowara, Rourke, Freemantle, Troy Lacoste, Alex Drouillard, Gravelle and Craig Henning each had one.

Next up for the Gryphs is the OUA championship tournament at the Ajax Sportsplex on the Thanksgiving weekend. The Gryphs will be seeded fourth for the tournament as the seeding was based on last year’s championships and will be in Pool D with fifth-seeded Brock Badgers, ninth-seeded Waterloo Warriors and 11th-seeded Ryerson Rams.

The Gryphs are to play Brock Friday at 1 p.m., Waterloo Saturday at 11 a.m. and Ryerson Friday at 3:30 p.m. in round-robin pool play.

The other groupings are Laurier Golden Hawks, Western Mustangs and Carleton Ravens in Pool A, Toronto Varsity Blues, Queen’s Gaels and York Lions in Pool B and Laurentian, Windsor Lancers, McMaster Marauders and Ottawa Gee-Gees in Pool C.

Teams will be ranked following pool play to determine the top six that survive to play in Sunday’s playoff rounds.

Top two gain byes in the wild-card round that is to feature games at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The semifinals are slated for 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. with the winners of those games meeting in the 4 p.m. final.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal