Spartans, Lions tie one on to start baseball season
GUELPH – The Centennial Spartans and St. James Lions were fit to be tied Monday as they opened their District 4/10 high school baseball seasons with a 7-7 deadlock at Pearson Park.
Neither team could hold onto a seventh-inning lead and neither team wanted to lose.
In high school baseball, games are seven innings although there is a 10-run mercy rule in effect after five innings.
The mercy rule was never going to be used in this ones as the teams battled closely throughout.
St. James had a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half, but Centennial responded with single runs in second, third, fourth and fifth innings.
The host Spartans carried a 4-2 lead into the final inning, but the Lions hit for five runs to shoot ahead. However, Centennial didn’t fold and came back with three runs of its own for the stalemate.
Aiden Edmonds and Owen Hill each had two singles for St. James while Liam Karn and Bryce Burgess each hit a double and Bryan Richardson added a single.
Ben Wittecombe connected for a double and a single for Centennial while Brodey Hlushko hit a triple. Trent Devine added a double and Ryan Cutten, Matthew Cutten and Ben Smith each hit a single.
St. James baserunners also had six stolen bases while its pitchers walked three, hit one batter and had three strikeouts.
Centennial baserunners had five stolen bases and its pitchers walked 10, hit a batter and had eight strikeouts.
Lourdes 7 Bishop Macdonell 1
Lourdes pitchers held Bishop Mac to a pair of hits in the match.
The Crusaders shot ahead early with five runs in the second inning before adding single runs in the third and sixth innings. Bishop Mac’s run came in the third.
Tyler Stoltz struck for a double and two singles for Lourdes while Matteo Roque had three singles. Leath Speziale clouted a triple and a double while Brad Fraser hit a triple and Kian Hurst and Curtis Tenhag each hit a single.
Hayden Wesseling clubbed a double for Bishop Mac and Matthew Jansen hit a single.
Lourdes pitchers issued seven walks and had 12 strikeouts while Bishop Mac hurlers served up one walk and had five strikeouts.
Ross 12 Centre Dufferin 7
No details reported from game played at Orangeville.
Guelph CVI 14 Westside 4
Ryan Kush, Griffin Cleghorn, Aidan Cvetich, Kyle Bergstrom and James Geddes each scored two runs for GCVI while Mark Caswell, Cole Keating, Owen McKeown and Noah Neumann had one each.
Tyler Dorian had three runs for Westside while Sean Parker added the other run.
- Guelph Sports Journal