The Laurier Golden Hawks went 7-0-1 this week ... a brief summary of our pre-season games to date:
Laurier 6 Kincardine 3
The Kincardine Sr. Cubs came to Waterloo in a tune-up before the OBA Championships. Nick Murray picked up the win. Kincardine won the A OBA championships.
At St. Mary’s - Laurier 16 Ontario Terriers U18 2
C Jonathan Fagnola had four RBIs and Adam McBride was the winning pitcher. The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys has become an annual tradition.
At St. Mary’s - Laurier 3 Toronto 3
Laurier 9 Guelph 8
The Hawks spotted Guelph five runs in the first inning. Laurier bounced back with four in the bottom of the first inning capped by a three-run double by SS Callum Murphy. The game was back and forth most of the way as Daniel Apostoli had three hits and Murphy ended up with two doubles and four RBIs. Murray picked up his second win of the week in relief of starter Nathan Folo.
Laurier 13 Humber 5
Humber is one of the top teams in the OCAA and is a well run group. The Hawks jumped on Humber early as their starter struggled with his command and had an 8-1 lead after one inning. They chipped away to make the game close, but another five runs in the fourth put the game out of reach. The game was cut short in the top of the eighth inning due to a quick rain making the field unplayable. SS Callum Murphy had another big game with two hits and four RBIs. Daniel Apostoli had two hits and two RBIs and John King also had two RBIs. Christian Hauck picked up the win in relief of starter Zach Lawrence.
Laurier 8 St. Clair 1
St. Clair is the two-time defending OUA/OCAA Champion and always a tough test in pre-season play. Jordan Petruska was dominant of the mound as he picked up the win with six innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits with zero walks and 11 strikeouts. Laurier blew it open with five runs in the sixth inning off their bullpen. Jeff Hunt had a double and scored three runs. Alex Kupchak and Adam Shaver each drove in two runs.
Laurier 5 St. Clair 4
St. Clair got to starter, Andrew Ziedins for two runs in the fifth inning to knock him out of the game. The Saints added another two off reliever Jake Tougas in the sixth inning, but it could have been worse, as Tougas struck out two St. Clair hitters with runners on second and third to keep the game close. St. Clair threatened again in the seventh inning, but freshman LHP Tanner Goldsmith kept them off the board to set up some bottom of the seventh heroics. The Hawks chipped away at the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh and after four hits and two walks, the game was tied. DH Brett Medland ended the game with a walk off single to cap a wild bottom of the seventh inning. Goldsmith picked up the win in relief. Medland led the offense with three hits and an RBI. 2B Christian Hauck and LF Mitchell Willoughby each had two hits.
Laurier 2 St. Clair 1
Sunday’s game with St. Clair was another pitcher’s duel. Fifth year starter Adam McBride was really solid as he worked five scorless innings giving up one hit with zero walks and two strikeouts for the win. Laurier scored in the fourth inning when SS Callum Murphy doubled home 1B John King and DH Brett Medland. St. Clair managed to push a run across in the sixth inning off freshman pitcher Nick Murray, but the combination of Murray, Jordan Ferrazzo, Shawn Miller and Noah Ivanyi shut down the Saints the rest of the way, with Ivanyi picking up the save in the 2-1 Laurier victory. LF Daniel Apostoli led the way offensively with two doubles. CF Nathan Folo also had two hits.