Centennial Spartans lock down top spot in D10 baseball
GUELPH – In their final game of the District 10 high school baseball league’s regular season, the Centennial Spartans locked down a first-place finish Monday on the Joe Kaine Diamond.
The Spartans handed the Bishop Macdonell Celtics an 11-7 setback. The shorthanded Celtics, who didn’t have any subs for the game, scored five runs in the fourth and final inning to narrow the gap. The game was halted by the two-hour time limit.
That win put the Spartans a point ahead of the St. James Lions who had climbed into first place with a 9-2 win over the Guelph CVI Green Gaels in the opening game of the league’s Monday doubleheader.
The Lions have clinched at least third in the final standings depending on the result of Tuesday’s game between the Ross Royals and Lourdes Crusaders. The Lions and Royals can finish tied for second.
The first tie-breaker is the result between the two teams, but they tied 1-1 last week.
The second tie-breaker is the runs-for-and-against-differential. If the Royals beat the Crusaders, they’ll get second as they already have a larger run differential than St. James. Ross heads into Tuesday’s game with a run differential of +13 while St. James is at +8.
Last Thursday, the Celtics blanked the Lourdes Crusaders 5-0 and the Spartans dropped GCVI 15-0.
The regular season is to finish today at the Joe Kaine Diamond where Ross and Lourdes are to tangle at 4 p.m.
Centennial leads the league at 4-1-0 and are followed by St. James at 3-1-1, Bishop Mac at 3-2-0, Ross at 2-1-1, Lourdes at 1-3-0 and GCVI at 0-5-0.
The playoffs are to start with the quarter-finals Thursday. Centennial and either Ross or St. James will get byes while GCVI is to play in the 1:30 p.m. game and Lourdes is to play in the 4 p.m. game.
Quarter-final winners advance to join Centennial in next Tuesday’s semifinals at the Joe Kaine Diamond. Centennial is to play the lowest-ranked quarter-final winner at 1:30 p.m. while the other semifinal is to go at 4 p.m.
The league’s championship game is slated for next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Joe Kaine Diamond.
- Guelph Sports Journal