Is it the Guelph Griffins or Gryphons?
Guelph, Ont. – The Gryphons started the 2015 season off with a statement by sweeping their doubleheader versus the defending OUA champion Brock Badgers at Hastings Stadium. The Gryphons, coached by Matt Griffin, won Game 1 by a score of 6-5, and took Game 2 by a score of 6-4.
After Saturday’s doubleheader with Western was postponed due to weather, the Gryphons were forced to shift their focus to their Sunday meeting with the perennial power Brock Badgers. In Game 1, the Gryphons were led by third year utility man Gordon Walmsley (Hanover, Ont.). The Marketing Management major drove in four of Guelph’s six runs in the first game of the doubleheader, highlighted by a clutch, go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning. Walmsley’s home run was just the response the Gryphons needed after Brock had temporarily taken the lead themselves on back-to-back home runs of their own. Gryphons pitcher Nathan Kramer (Owen Sound, Ont.), one of three pitchers used in the game by the Gryphons, wound up getting credit for his first OUA win.
In Game 2 the Gryphons were able to build up a 6-2 lead thanks in large part to third year outfielder Joe Ciccia (Guelph, Ont.). Ciccia had three RBI in the game thanks to a sacrifice fly and a two-run single. The Gryphons pitching staff were able to hold on to the lead, but it wasn’t easy.
Brock’s slugging right fielder Justin Gideon, who last year was named the OUA’s top hitter, was his usual dangerous self in the middle of the Badgers lineup. After having already homered in Game 1, Gideon was a force again in the Game 2, notching three singles in four at bats, while stealing two bags and driving two on a clutch seventh-inning base hit off Gryphons right-handed reliever Denver Carter (Mississauga, Ont.). Carter, who came into the game up 6-2 but with the bases loaded and just one out in the seventh and final inning, would finish the job by getting Brock second baseman Dennon Koziol to ground out to end the ball game. Guelph starter Jeff Snelgrove (Brampton, Ont.) picked up the win.
The Gryphons will look to build off this impressive start next weekend when they face another tough test as they travel to Hamilton and Scarborough for a pair of doubleheaders versus McMaster and U of T.