Lions clout their way into baseball semifinals
GUELPH – The St. James Lions played their way into Tuesday’s District 4/10 high school baseball semifinals by clouting the Guelph CVI Green Gaels in the lone quarter-final game played Friday at Pearson Park.
The Lions clobbered the Gaels 15-0 in a game halted in the fourth inning by the league’s mercy rule.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lions put up three runs in the second and added nine more in the third. The game ended when St. James scored its third run of the fourth.
The Lions connected for nine hits in the game. Noah Graham, who had two hits in total during the regular season, had three in the quarter-final as he drove in four runs with a homer in the third and two singles, one that hit off of the top of the right-field fence that his homer cleared. Ethan Dennie and Bryce Burgess each hit two singles while Aiden Edmonds clubbed a double. Getting one single each were Bryan Richardson, Liam Karn, Cameron Hewitt and Lukas LeGrand.
Adam Geddes, first batter up for the Gaels, hit an infield single in the top of the first. He advanced to second, but was out after getting caught in a rundown between second and third.
That was GC’s only hit of the game. Of the 12 plate appearances recorded by GCVI, eight ended in strikeouts.
Burgess was the starting pitcher for the Lions and he picked up the win while James Geddes was the starter for GCVI.
The other two quarter-finals resulted in forfeit victories as the Westside Thunder forfeited their game with the Centennial Spartans and the Lourdes Crusaders forfeited their game with the Bishop Macdonell Celtics.
Monday’s semifinals are to go Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Pearson Park. St. James is to play Centennial on Diamond 1 and Bishop Mac is to play Ross on Diamond 2.
Ross finished the regular season in first place at 6-0-0 while defending champion Centennial was second at 4-1-1, St. James third at 3-2-1 and Bishop Mac fifth at 2-2-2.
- Guelph Sports Journal