COBA Week VIII: Erindale Cardinals, Morrison, Mullen

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Cardinals Take Two Games in Week VIII
By Dan Estey
Canadian Baseball Network

The Erindale Cardinals continued their winning ways as they collected victories in both of their games in the COBA Major League this past week. 

On Monday, the redbirds welcomed the Oakville A’s to Greg Cranker Field for their usual Monday night home game. The A’s opened the scoring in this one as they got a single run off of Erindale starter John DeWolfe in the second inning. The Cardinals answered right back though against Oakville starter Noah Ivanyi as they got single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to take a 2-1 lead. The wheel then fell off the bus for Oakville as Erindale was able to put up 11 runs in a lengthy fifth inning rally to assume control of the game at 13-1. The Cardinals then added another four runs in the sixth inning and Dewolfe shut the door the rest of the way as Erindale took this game 17-1. 

As stated, Dewolfe started and went the distance for Erindale throwing seven innings scattering six hits allowing only the one run which was unearned. He struck out six batters while walking none. Noah Ivanyi, who looked sharp for Oakville, and ran into a few issues in the fifth took the loss. 

Offensively, the Cardinals were led by big slugger Chris Novia who was 3-for-4 with singles and a big home run. He scored a run while collecting four RBIs. Jay Woodford was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a single. He scored two runs while collecting three RBIs. Sean Alp was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three runs and three RBIs while Greg Dodwell was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Kevin Alp was 1-for-4 with a two-run double and Jake Eves rounded out the scoring with a run scoring groundout. 

On Wednesday, Erindale traveled to Nelson Park to take on the Burlington Brants. The Cardinals got out of the gates early in this one has they used some timely hits and some free passes to score three runs in the first inning. They added two more in the second inning and two in the fourth inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead and chase Brants starter Atasushi Urata out of the game. Burlington came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning but Erindale answered right back with two of their own the next inning to take a 9-2 lead. 

After the teams traded single runs in the 8th inning Erindale starter Andrew Mullin exited the game for reliever Mark Taplin. The Brants gave one final push as they were able to push across five runs and have the tying runs on base but alas Taplin shut the door giving Erindale a 10-8 victory.

COBA Major Pitcher of the Week Mullin was masterful as he threw eight innings and allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits. He walked only one batter while collecting five strikeouts in earning the win. Urata threw three innings allowing seven runs for Burlington and took the loss. 

At the plate, Erindale was led by Novia again who was 2-for-5 with a HR and two RBIs. Woodford was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs while Alex Perez (2B) and DeWolfe both collected two hits a piece. Trevaun Smith had a double, three runs and an RBI while Steve Gallant, Pip Murray-Smith and Eves each had a hit and an RBI. Aneil Birsa rounded out the offense with a single. 

The COBA Major D-Ville Bats Player of the Week for Week 8 (June 18-24 is OF Corrie Morrison of the Burlington Brants.

Morrison played in two games during this week helping lead the Brants to a 1-1 record for the week. They started off with a tough 10-8 loss at home on Wednesday to the Erindale Cardinals before rebounding for an 8-6 victory on the road in Brampton. For his week, he was 7-for-11 (.636) with two singles, three doubles, and two triples. He scored four runs while collecting nine RBI and also added a stolen base.

Hononable Mention
Ryan Panas (Etobicoke Rangers)
2 Games, .667 Avg., 12 AB, 8 Hits, 7 Singles, 1 Double, 3 RBI, 1 Run

Chris Novia (Erindale Cardinals)
2 Games, .556 Avg, 9 AB, 5 Hits, 3 Singles, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 Runs

Joe Ferreira (Brampton Royals)
3 Games, .385 Avg, 13 AB, 5 Hits, 4 Singles, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 SB

The COBA Major Lazer Pro Pitcher of the Week is LHP Andrew Mullin of the Erindale Cardinals.

Mullin had one appearance this week helping to lead Erindale to a 10-8 win on the road against the Burlington Brants. In this game, he tossed eight innings allowing three runs -- zero earned -- on five hits. He walked one batter while striking out five in collecting the win.

For his season, Mullin now sits at 2-0 with one save. In his 27 2/3 innings of work, he has allowed 15 runs (7 earned) on 24 hits good for a 2.28 ERA. He has walked 14 batters while amassing 25 strikeouts thus far.

Hononable Mention
Dan Todoschuk (Milton Red Sox)
2 Games, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 4 2/3 Innings, 2 Hits, 0 Run, 0 Earned Run, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 3 K

Kyle Breitner (Etobicoke Rangers)
2 Games, 0 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Save, 4 Innings, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Earned Runs, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 9 K

Monday, June 19th
Greg Cranker Field – (7 Inn)   R   H   E

Oakville A’s 1 6 4
Erindale Cardinals 17 17 1
Winning Pitcher – John DeWolfe, Losing Pitcher – Noah Ivanyi
HR – Sean Alp + Chris Novia (Erin)

Niagara Metros vs. Mississauga SW Twins -- PPD rain

Chris Gibson Red Diamond – (7 Inn)    R   H   E
Brampton Royals 13 11 2
Oakville A’s 3 8 0
Winning Pitcher – Mike Burke, Losing Pitcher – Blake Donaldson
HR – Joe Ferreira (Bram.)

Nelson Park   R   H   E

Erindale Cardinals 10 12 9
Burlington Brants 8 8 4
Winning Pitcher – Andrew Mullin, Losing Pitcher – Atasushi Urata
HR – Chris Novia (Erin.)

Milton Sports Complex   R   H   E
Mississauga SW Twins 9 15 1
Milton Red Sox 1 7 2
Winning Pitcher – Jordan Petruska, Losing Pitcher – Ian Zettle
HR – Mike Cardinale (Miss.)

Dave Dash Memorial Field   R   H   E

Burlington Brants 8 11 0
Brampton Royals 6 8 2
Winning Pitcher – Brandon Habibi, Losing Pitcher – Steve Hough

George Taylor Field   R   H   E
Etobicoke Rangers 12 14 1
Niagara Metros 3 7 2
Winning Pitcher – Tyler Whealy, Losing Pitcher – Justin Ayles
Save – Kyle Breitner
HR – Tanner Young-Shultz (Etob.)

Connorvale Park   R   H   E

Brampton Royals 8 13 1
Etobicoke Rangers 8 17 0

Milton Sports Complex   R   H   E

Niagara Metros 5 7 1
Milton Red Sox 9 14 0
Winning Pitcher – Jason Schneider, Losing Pitcher – Rhys Tapper
Save – Dan Todoschuk

Bob Elliott