Softball Gryphons tied for first after sweeping Carleton

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons completed the opening weekend of play in the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association season tied for first place following a sweep of the Carleton Ravens in a doubleheader on the University of Guelph campus Sunday.

The Gryphs defeated Carleton 17-13 in the opener and 15-0 in a quick nightcap.

Guelph rallied for the win in the opening game as the Gryphs trailed 8-3 after three innings. They tied it with five runs in the fourth and went ahead for good with seven runs in the fifth.

Guelph batters clouted 18 hits in the game and were aided by four Carleton errors. Shardon Geluch led at the plate with a triple, double and two singles while Avery Levert hit a triple and two singles. Brandi Grose smacked two triples and Delaney Hall had a double and a single and Stephanie Hughes hit two singles. Lauren Cohen hit a double while Hannah Roesch, Jenna Schade, Delaney Ewing and Julia Pearson each had one single.

Guelph pitchers recorded three strikeouts and surrendered 12 hits and eight walks in the seven-inning match.

The second game was never in doubt and was halted by the 15-run mercy rule after the third inning. Guelph scored two runs in the first inning, seven in the second and six in the third.

Samantha Binkley picked up the win as she held Carleton to three baserunners – two on hits and one on a walk. None of them got further than second base. She had collected a save in the first game.

A St. James graduate from Kenilworth, Binkley faced 11 batters in the second game and had four strikeouts. She’s a first-year Gryphon who spent four years with the Bethany College Bisons of Bethany, WV, where she had an overall 24-31 record with one save, a 3.41 earned-run average and 186 strikeouts in 382 1/3 innings.

Offensively, the Gryphs connected for 19 hits while Carleton committed three errors and two Guelph batters were walked. Roesch hit a triple and two singles while Geluch had two doubles and a single and Shannon McDowell hit three singles. Pearson smacked a double and a single and Hall, Katelyn Walker and Grose each hit two singles. Binkley and Cohen each had one single.

The Gryphs and Laurier Golden Hawks are tied atop the 12-team league standings with 4-0 records as the Gryphs had taken a doubleheader at home from the Ottawa Gee-Gees Saturday. Western Mustangs, Windsor Lancers and Brock Badgers follow at 3-1 while Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues are at 2-2, Ottawa’s at 2-4, Queen’s Gaels and McMaster Marauders are at 1-3, Carleton’s at 1-5 and York Lions are at 0-4.

Top eight qualify for the championship tournament that’s to be held in Ottawa Oct. 12 to 14.

The Gryphs have a pair of road doubleheaders next weekend as they’re to play Brock at Lancaster Park in St. Catharines Friday night and McMaster at Mohawk Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.

  • Guelph Sports Journal