Lourdes nips Lions to claim third in baseball

GUELPH – The Lourdes Crusaders claimed a third-place finish in the District 4/10 high school baseball league by edging the St. James Lions 2-0 Thursday at Pearson Park.

The win left the Crusaders at 5-2-0 and in a tie with the Centennial Spartans (4-1-2). Centennial won the tie-breaker to get second thanks to a 5-4 win over the Crusaders Tuesday.

Lourdes scored single runs in the first and fourth innings for the win over the Lions.

Colby Ariss was the winning pitcher while Tyler Stoltz hit a double and a single, drove in a run and scored a run. Brad Fraser also hit a double and a single and scored a run while Keon Hurst and Jack Hurst each had a hit.

Bryan Richardson was charged with the loss for St. James. He helped his own cause with a double while Aiden Edmonds and Cameron Keleher each had a hit for St. James.

The game turned out to be a playoff preview as the two teams are to meet again Monday in the quarter-finals at Pearson Park.

In fact, all of Thursday’s matches were quarter-final previews as the Bishop Macdonell Celtics are to play the Guelph CVI Green Gaels, the Centre Dufferin Royals are to play the Centennial Spartans and the Westside Thunder are to play the Ross Royals.

Thursday, Ross defeated Westside 7-0 as Westside forfeited, Bishop Mac dropped GCVI 10-1 and Centennial slipped by Centre Dufferin 11-10.

Ross finished first at 7-0-0 while Centennial was second, Lourdes third, GCVI (3-3-1) fourth, Bishop Mac (3-4-0) fifth, St. James (2-4-1) sixth, Centre Dufferin (1-6-0) seventh and Westside (1-6-0) eighth.

Thursday’s forfeit was costly for the Thunder as it left them eighth despite beating Centre Dufferin during the regular season. Any team that forfeits a game during the season automatically loses a tie-breaker.

Monday’s quarter-finals at Pearson Park are slated for 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Semifinals are set for Wednesday and the final is to go Oct. 22.

  • Guelph Sports Journal