Big Men on Campus Week XIV
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
Tournament time is quickly approaching and has even passed for some. It is an intense time of year for many teams. Canadians were out in full force leading the attack for their squads and the best performances are recapped below.
Canadians help Royals shine
The Douglas College Royals roster features only Canadians and they were providing great performances last week. Brady Caine (Surrey, BC) picked up the win in a 7-0 win over Everett by going 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He surrendered three hits and struck out ten. He took the loss laster in the week in a 6-0 defeat to Skagit Valley. He lasted six innings in the loss, giving up five unearned runs on three hits. He didn’t help himself with six walks but he also struck out six. Douglas made three errors in the game.
Derrick Pecht (Burnaby, BC) picked up a win and a save on the mound for the Royals. The win came in a 5-4 Game 2 win over Skagit Valley where he worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits. He struck out three. His save was in Game 4 as he worked another 3 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a run and gave up just one hit. He struck out four as Douglas was able to manage a split of the four-game set.
Former Whalley Chief Kyle Stubbins (Surrey, BC) was a hard-luck 1-0 loser to Skagit Valley
Kyle Stubbins (Surrey, BC) tossed a scoreless 1/3 of an inning allowing a hit and striking out his only out. He was given the start in Game 1 against Skagit Valley but was handed a tough no-decision in a 1-0 loss. He threw six, one-hit scoreless innings, issuing three walks and striking out an impressive 13.
Wyatt Versluis (Surrey, BC) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless in relief of Caine. He allowed two hits and struck out two. He later appeared in a 1-0 loss to Skagit Valley that last 13 innings. Versluis threw six innings of relief, allowing five hits and striking out eight. Unfortunately he allowed the only run of the game in the 13th and was handed the tough luck-loss.
Bent named SWU Male Athlete of the Year
The Southern Wesleyan University baseball team’s season is over and Quenton Bent (Mississauga, Ont.) had a good one. Bent was named Southern Wesleyan Male Athlete of the Year for his strong season for the Warriors. Bent hit .325 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs. He posted a .383 on-base percentage along with a .560 slugging percentage.
Johnson goes the distance in Chaparrals win
Ryan Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) worked around seven walks to deliver a complete game win for the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals. Johnson allowed only four hits, two runs and struck out three to land the Chaparrals a 6-2 win in Game 3 of their series versus Rogers State.
Falbo finishes season strong
It was tourney time for Mason Falbo (Mississauga, Ont.) Centre College as they competed in the Southern Athletic Association tournament. The Colonels dropped a tight first game 2-1 to Oglethorpe. Falbo went 2-for-4 to open the tournament. Centre took home their first win with a 5-2 decision over Sewanee with Falbo going 3-for-4 with a RBI. After defeating Oglethorpe in Game 3 they were bounced from the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Rhodes. Falbo had a hit in the final game. Centre College was 17-22 in 2018, 6-12 in SAA action. Falbo hit .344 with three home runs and 26 RBI during the campaign.
Julien paces Tiger offence
Edouard Julien (Quebec City, Que.) had a hit, two walks, two RBIs and a stolen base in Auburn’s 12-2 win over the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In Game 1 of their Southeastern Conference series with rival Alabama, Julien had two hits, including a home run, three walks and three RBIs. He followed up Game 1 with two walks and a RBI in Game 2, also a Tiger victory. They completed the sweep behind two hits, one of which was a home run, a walk and four RBIs from Julien. The Tigers take on Samford in a midweek game before a three-game set at Florida this week.
Opposition baffled by Johnson-Battilana
Krystien Johnson-Battilana (Hamilton, Ont.) was locked in during his start in Game 4 of Davenport’s series with Tiffin. He threw a complete game, nine inning shutout to move his record above .500 at 4-3. He dispersed five hits over the nine innings, allowed a walk and struck out four.
Fernandez-Beltran loses start, helps with relief in win
A bad third inning cost Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Mercier, Que.) and the University of St. Mary’s Rattlers in their 6-1 Game 1 loss to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Fernandez-Beltran allowed six unearned runs in the bottom of the third and it was enough to sink the Rattlers. All-in-all he last six innings, allowing six hits, the six unearned runs, while walking one and striking out five. He was back at it in relief in Game 4 and worked 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing another unearned run. He gave up three hits and struck out two as the Rattlers took the game 10-8 in 11 innings. The Game 4 win allowed St. Mary’s to salvage a split in the four-game set.
Schlosser thrives in busy week
The defence needs to be aware when Wyatt Schlosser (Saskatoon, Sask.) is at the plate. Schlosser had himself another nice week by being on base a lot. Schlosser had 11 hits, eight walks, was hit by a pitch and stole four bases. Schlosser stroked seven doubles and had three of those doubles in one game, a 13-7 win over Bemidji State.
Paradis-Giroux goes a complete game
Dany Paradis-Giroux (Lavis, Que.) didn’t give Harris-Stowe State much to work with in William Woods 6-0 Game 2 victory. Paradis-Giroux threw a complete game, nine inning shutout and allowed just three hits while striking out eight. The William Woods Owls won the first two games of the series and dropped the finale. They now have just one series remaining on the regular season slate as they face off with Missouri Baptist University this week.
Chippewas drop in-state series
Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) gave up just one run over seven innings as the University of Central Michigan took down in-state conference rival Western Michigan 4-2 in Game 2 of their Mid-American Conference series. Brettell scattered five hits, four walks and struck out three in the no-decision. The win was the only one of the series for the Chippewas.
Bassette owns two of seven wins, Clarke cranks out hits
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin would sure like to have more than seven wins on the season. They currently own a 7-34 mark but two of those wins were earned by a Canadian. Owen Bassette (Sherwood Park, Alta.) picked up his second win of the season in a 6-2 win over Texas A&M Kingsville. He went the distance in the seven inning game, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out three in the win. Bassette has made 12 appearances on the year, making 10 starts.
Simon Clarke (Kitchener, Ont.) had five hits including a two-run home run in a 7-5 Game 3 loss to Texas A&M Kingsville.
Rutgers strong in tie
Does anyone really like a tie? Reilly Rutgers (Hamilton, Ont.) was strong in his attempt to help Garrett College to a win over Monroe College. He lasted six innings, giving up an earned run on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven Monroe batters but it was only good enough for the tie on this occasion.
Sabrowski steals the show
Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) as Cloud County took Game 1 of their series with Barton. Dabrowski punched out 13 over a complete game seven inning performance. He scattered three hits and a run, while walking one. He improved to 7-1 on the year in the only win of the series for the T-Birds.
London Badgers grad Zachary Banks (St. Thomas, Ont.) had five hits for Lake Michigan's Red Hawks.
Red Hawks banking on Banks
Lake Michigan’s Zachary Banks (St. Thomas, Ont.) had five hits that featured two, two-hit games. The Red Hawks finished with a 2-4 record.
Cienfuegos picks up victory
It was a strong showing for Miguel Cienfuegos (Laval, Que.) on the mound for Northwestern Florida State in their 7-1 win over Chipola. Cienfuegos threw a complete game, nine innings and allowed just the one run. He scattered three hits and two walks with nine punch outs.
Depiero strong in loss
It didn’t end the way he wanted but DJ Depiero (Thunder Bay, Ont.) gave Indian Hills Community College a chance to win. He threw five innings, allowing just two hits and an unearned run in a 4-2 Game 2 loss to Iowa Western. He walked two and struck out four.
Dalton locks down two saves
Tanner Dalton (Lethbridge, Alta.) slammed the door in Games 2 and 3 of Sacramento State’s series with California State Bakersfield. He appeared first in an 8-2 win over The University of California Davis, throwing a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out one. In Game 2 against CSU Bakersfield he went a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the year. The next game he picked up his sixth save, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing a walk.
Victoria Mariners grad Chris Lata (Victoria, BC)…went the distance for the win pitching for the Southeastern Illinois Falcons.
Chris Lata (Victoria, BC) picthed a complete game seven innings for Southeastern Illinois in their 4-2 win over the Bethel College JV’s. He surrendered two runs on four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Malenfant, Snow win for Southeastern CC
A pair of Canadians picked up wins on the mound for the Blackhawks of Southeastern Community College last week. Hayden Malenfant (Whitby, Ont.) earned his first win of the season with a complete game, seven inning shutout performance in a 7-0 blanking of Des Moines Area. The opposition managed just three hits and were sat down on strikes eight times.
Justin Snow (Mount Hope, Ont.) improved his record to 4-1 on the year by beating the Quincy University JV’s. He gave up two hits, two unearned runs with a walk and five strikeouts.
Liddell remains undefeated
Jack Liddell (Mississauga, Ont.) threw five scoreless innings for the Connors State Cowboys as they downed TCS Postgrad 10-0. TSC Postgrad reached on four hits and three walks but couldn’t push a run across. Liddell struck out seven in the triumph.
Gregory Barbato (Oakville, Ont.) allowed one run in six innings for the Concordia Ann Arbor Cardinals to pick up the victory.
Barbato brings his A game
Concordia Ann Arbor scored nine times and Gregory Barbato (Oakville, Ont.) allowed just a single run over six innings as the Cardinals downed Lourdes University 9-2. Barbato surrendered fives hit and struck out three.
Arruda allows two in win
Nathan Arruda (Toronto, Ont.) allowed a pair of runs on three hits over seven innings to collect the win for Tabor College in Game 1 of their series with Friends University. Arruda issued two walks and struck out four in the 6-4 win.
Eckard excellent in win over Northeast
Iowa Lakes Community College picked up a 10-1 win in Game 4 of their series with Northeast and were backed by 5 1/3 innings of one run baseball from Martin Eckard (Victoria, BC). He allowed three hit, three walks and struck out five for his second win of the year.
Marklund picks up save, win
Brandon Marklund (Vancouver, BC) threw six innings over two appearances, picking up a save and a win. He lasted five innings in his start in an 18-3 Game 3 win over Montreat College. He allowed a pair of runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked three but struck out six.
Smith starts, relieves
It was a solid week for Cade Smith (Abbotsford, BC) of the University of Hawaii. He made a midweek start against California State University Bakersfield and worked two innings, allowing a hit and a run. He struck out two in a 4-3 loss. He was called upon again, this time out of the bullpen in a 6-2 Game 2 win over Cal State Fullerton. He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four Titan hitters.
Diaz dazzles, moves to 7-0
Two innings with five strikeouts was a good way to start the week for Indigo Diaz (Vancouver, BC). He did that in a 10-0 Reiver Game 4 win over Southwestern Community College. The next game, Game 1 against Indian Hills, he was tasked with the start. He went five scoreless innings and surrendered just one hit. He walked two and struck out six to pick up the win, his seventh of the campaign.
Sanford, Zeggil bright spots
It wasn’t a great week for McCook Community College but Jake Sanford (Dartmouth, NS) and Tanner Zeggil (Stayner, Ont.) were solid at the dish. Sanford went 9-for-16 on the week and hit three home runs. He hit two home runs in the only win of the week over Southeast Community College.
Zeggil went 5-for-10 with a 1.000 OPS.
(Note four box scores were not posted.)
Curtis highlights Columbia State offence
Elliott Curtis (Waterloo, Ont.) went 3-for-5 in the first and last games of the week for Columbia State as they went 4-0. He finished the week with six hits and five RBIs. Columbia State has one regular season series left when they put their 32-16-1 record on the line at Dyersburg State.
Cull allows five over five
Five runs over five innings is less than spectacular but it wasn’t as bad as it sounded for Alex Cull (Windsor, Ont.). Four of the runs the Henry Ford hurler allowed were unearned. He surrendered six hits, walked four and struck out one. The defence behind him made four errors in the game.
Cowboys are cruising
Not many teams have been able to touch the 41-7 Connors State Cowboys. Tony Hrynkiw (Brampton, Ont.) has had a lot to do with that and it continued last week. Hrynkiw started his week with three hits, a walk and three RBIs as Connors State dumped Cofferyville 20-7. In Game 1 of their series with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M he had two hits and three more RBIs. Game 2 brought more production in the way of a hit. In the final game of the series he had two doubles, a walk and two RBIs. The Cowboys swept the series.
Sherman with multi-hit games
Evyn Sherman (Delhi, Ont.) had eight hits for McComb Community College. He has two hits in a 37-7 win over Wastenaw, two hits in a 4-3, Game 3 loss to Delta and a 3-for-4 game in a 19-4 win over Lansing. In the win over Lansing he also walked, drove in five and stole a pair of bases.
Massad masterful in win
Aiden Massad (Leamington, Ont.) continued a strong freshman campaign at Alderson Broaddus. He threw a complete game, seven inning shutout in a win over Davis and Elkins. He gave up three hits and five walks over the course of the outing. He sat down six hitters on strikes in the 4-0 triumph.
Thorp supports sweep
It must’ve been fun to be Bellevue University as they thumped Viterbo 20-3 in Game 3 of their series. Dylan Thorpe (North Vancouver, BC) picked up his sixth win by scattering five hits over five innings and allowing just a single run. He walked two and struck out five. Bellevue completed the sweep in Game 4.
Reyes-Cruz crushes pitching
He has become a regular in this weekly column and it is well deserved for Tommy Reyes-Cruz. This past week was another good one in a four-game series with Midland. In Game 1, a 17-6 win, he went 2-for-5, legged out a triple and drove in a run for Clarendon. Game 2 saw him produce two more hits, one of which was a home run, a walk and two RBIs in a 7-6 loss. Clarendon dropped Game 3 by a 9-8 score but received a hit and two walks from Reye-Cruz. They dropped the series in Game 4 but Reyes-Cruz went 3-for-4 with two walks, a RBI and a stolen base.
Rempel hits .500 for the week
Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC) went 7-for-14 in Colorado Mesa’s four-game sweep of Adams State. In a 13-0 Game 1 win he had a hit, a walk and a RBI. He went 2-for4 with a RBI and a stolen base in Game 2. That was followed by a double in Game 3 and a 3-for-4 game in Game 4. He also walked and drove in two runs in the Game 4 win. The Mavericks now head to Colorado School of Mines to close out their regular season.
Roy surges as Pratt slides
Ashton Roy (Sudbury, Ont.) was doing his part Pratt dropped five games last week and have lost nine in a row. Roy produced seven hits and three walks over the five games. He went 3-for-4 in a 12-2 Game 2 loss to Hutchinson. He launched a home run the next game but Pratt was still dealt the loss.
Central Washington takes 3-of-4
Dustin Braun (Landmark, Man.) had at least two hits in every game of Central Washington’s series with Northwest Nazarene. In an 11-7 Game 1 win he went 2-for-5 with a RBI. The next game, a 10-2 win, he went 2-for-4 with a RBI. He finished up his week with back-to-back 3-for-4 games. He drove in a run in a Game 3 loss and two in a Game 4 win.
Webb contributes to three wins
It’s worthy recognition for Evan Webb (Whitby, Ont.). He went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a hit by pitch and a stolen base in Concord’s Game 1 win over Glenville State. He matched his Game 1 total in hits in Game 2, again going 3-for-3, this time with one RBI and a stolen base. He swatted a solo home run in a Game 3 win and had a hit, a walk and a RBI in Game 4. Concord took 3-of-4 with the only loss coming in Game 3.
Newton, Panthers set for final home series
Freshman Jakob Newton (Oakville, Ont.) got his week off to a hot start with a 3-for-4 game with two stolen bases but the Florida Tech Panthers dropped Game 1 of their series with St. Leo. The Panthers ended up on the right side of a 3-2 score behind a 2-for-4 game from Newton. The series evening victory came in 10 innings. St. Leo took the rubber match by a 9-5 score but Newton still had himself a game. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a RBI. The Panthers will host the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish in their final regular season home series.
Burgmann wins his first
Five scoreless innings of relief by Josh Burgmann was rewarded as the University of Washington Huskies scored a run in the top of the 10th to down Cal 4-3. Burgmann allowed four hits and two walks, while striking out five to pick up his first win.
Bourassa beats Gonzaga
The Gonzaga Bulldogs didn’t score a run against the San Francisco Dons over the final two games of their series. Landed Bourassa (Lethbridge, Alta.) went 5 1/3 scoreless in a 3-0 Game 3 win. He allowed four hits and four walks to pick up the win. He struck out two Bulldog batters to win the rubber match of the series.
Good week for Grandmont, Southern Idaho
Shawn Grandmont (Lethbridge, Alta.) had five hits for the Golden Eagles of Southern Idaho as they went a four-game series from Colorado Northwestern Community College. Grandmont went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base in an 8-4 Game 3 win.
McVeigh shines in series sweep
He started the week with a walk and a stolen base in Game 1 of Frank Phillips series with New Mexico Military Institute and Sean McVeigh (Mississauga, Ont.) took off from there. In Game 2 he went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Frank Phillips took Game 1, 5-2 but lost Game 2 6-5 in 11 innings. They got back to winning ways in Game 3, taking a 3-2 victory. McVeigh went 2-for-3 in the win. Game 4 was won with authority as Frank Phillips cruised to a 12-0 win. McVeigh again went 2-for-3 in the finale.
Statesmen stay atop Gulf South Conference
Matthew Majeur (Pointe-Claire, Que.) and the Delta State Statesmen continued to roll last week. In a high scoring 26-15 win over the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Tech, Majeur went 3-for-4 with two walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. He again went 3-for-4 in another win over Arkansas Tech. He was also hit by a pitch and drove in two runs. Majeur walked three times in the opener of a GSC series with North Alabama, a game the Statesmen took 5-3. He chipped in a hit in a Game 2 win. They completed the sweep in Game 3. The Statesmen are 35-7 overall and 21-4 in GSC play.
DiLuca, Hilderbrandt spark Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga Community College used strong weeks from Lucas DiLuca (Windsor, Ont.) and Matt Hilderbrandt (Bowmanville, Ont.) to help them to a 6-0 week. DiLuca had six hits, six hits, drove in six and stole four bases. Hilderbrandt hit two home runs and had eight hits in all.
Gauthier gives up two unearned runs
David Gauthier (Mont-Sainte Hilaire, Que.) now owns an 8-0 record thanks to 6 2/3 strong innings in a 6-2 Trinidad State win over Otero. He allowed six hits, two unearned runs, walked one and struck out seven. Trinidad State is now No. 5 in the NJCAA rankings.
Reid ready for Central Missouri
The series was on the line and Brandon Reid (Toronto, Ont.) came through for the Central Missouri Mules against Emporia State. He lasted five innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out two in 6-5 win.
Reivers ride big week from Hyland
Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) went 3-for-3 with a RBI to open his week in a 14-1 Iowa Western win over Southwestern Community College. He had five more hits as the Reivers swept the four-game set from Southwestern and then a four-game series from Indian Hills.
Fiala helps offence fire
He didn’t play in Iowa Wesleyan’s 7-5 loss to Greenville University in the first of two games against the Panthers but Lee Fiala (Regina, Sask.) was in the lineup and making an impact offensively in the second tilt. He went 2-for-4 despite his team’s 4-1 loss. The Tigers then took on Fontbonne University in a three-game series and didn’t win a game as they were were swept away. In Game 1 Fiala had a hit, a walk and a RBI, followed by a hit and RBI in Game 2. He closed his week with a pair of doubles in a 6-1 loss.
Wilcox shoots down Snappers
Zach Wilcox (London, Ont.) gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits over 6 1/3 innings as Illinois Central dropped the Spoon River Snappers in Game 3 of their series. Wilcox walked three and struck out five in the win.
Wilson with five hits for Golden Griffs
The Canisius Golden Griffins fell to 10-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play after losing 2-of-3 to Quinnipiac last week. In a 9-5 Game 1 loss Liam Wilson (Ayr, Ont) had a pair of hits, a walk was hit by a pitch and drove in a run. He stroked a pair of doubles in a 3-0 Game 2 loss before recording a hit in Game 3. The Griffs salvaged a win in the third game. The Griffs next MAAC series is this week when they visit Rider.
Mailloux leads team in wins
Olivier Mailloux (Ville de Quebec, Que.) picked up his 9th win of the season firing six innings and allowing an unearned run in a Northwestern Ohio 10-3 win over Lawrence Tech. Mailloux gave up four hits and struck out six. He is 9-3 with a 2.58 ERA over 76 2/3 innings.
Lubiniecki slashes five hits
Pikeville went 2-3 and Luke Lubiniecki (Regina, Sask.) had five hits on the week. Lubiniecki also walked twice.
Martin makes four appearances for Missouri S&T
A start and a win was the first of four appearances for Stuart Martin (Ajax, Ont.). Stuart went three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and recording a strike out as the Missouri S &T Miners defeated McKendree 11-5. It was Martin’s first win of the year. His next appearance came in a 7-5 Game 2 win over Quincy. He tossed a scoreless 2/3 of an inning, striking out one. He worked another scoreless 2/3 of an inning in Game 3 and then threw an inning in Game 4. He allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) with a strikeout in the third game. Martin owns a 1.32 ERA over 12 games.
One of the most exciting times of the year is upon us. The postseason provides all kinds of adversity and great moments. Don’t miss all the exciting action. Check back next week for the best performances by Canadians in college baseball
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