St. James Lions, Ross Royals edge their way into baseball final

GUELPH – Ethan Dennie’s solo home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the St. James Lions edged the Centennial Spartans 2-1 in District 4/10 high school baseball semifinal play Monday at Pearson Park.

The Lions had opened the scoring with a run in the first inning that stood as the game’s only run until the teams added a run apiece in the fifth.

Dennie slugged his homer in the top of the fifth and Centennial responded with its lone run in the bottom of the inning.

Dennie had also knocked in the other run for St. James with a single in the opening inning.

The Lions had four other hits in the game as Bryan Richardson, Hayden Le Grand, Bryce Burgess and Noah Graham each hit a single.

The other semifinal at Pearson Park was also decided by a single run as the Ross Royals slipped by the Bishop Macdonell Celtics 1-0.

St. James and Ross are to meet Wednesday in the championship match. Game time at Pearson Park is 3:30 p.m.

Ross finished atop the league standings with a perfect 6-0-0 record while the Lions were third at 3-2-1. Ross defeated St. James 7-5 in the final game of the regular season.

The Royals had a bye in the quarter-finals thanks to their first-place finish while St. James dumped the Guelph CVI Green Gaels in the only quarter-final game that was actually played. Both Centennial and Bishop Mac advanced when their opponents forfeited.


  • Guelph Sports Journal