By Tyler Milton
OSHAWA , Ont: On day one of the Canadian College Baseball National Invitational Championship, Humber was looking to get the ball rolling against Seneca College and St. Clair College.
In game one, strong pitching and an offensive outburst saw Humber win 10-3. Game two saw a rematch of the gold medal game between the Hawks and the Saints. It was a close game until the sixth inning when the wheels fell off for Humber as they would lose 8-3.
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Wanting to start the tournament off right, the Hawks turned to right-hander Tyler Greenwood to get Humber going. Greenwood would be effective in his five innings of work, mixing speeds and keeping the Sting hitters off balance.
Over his five innings, Greenwood would allow six hits, three runs (all unearned), one walk and punching out seven. In the sixth, Jacob Linhares would come on and shut the door for the Hawks throwing the final two frames, allowing one hit, to secure the win for Humber.
Offensively, the Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, plating six runs. Humber would add three more in the third and another in the fourth. Pacing the offence for the Hawks was Liam Sutherland who went 3-for-5 with a triple and a pair of singles, driving in three runs. Keegan Murphy would add three hits, plating two in the winning effort.
St. Clair 8 Humber 3
After a strong performance in game one of the day, Humber looked to keep the ball rolling in a rematch of the gold-medal game less than a week ago. Steven Hough would take the rubber for the Hawks and he worked quickly and worked out of a few jams in early innings. Hough would eventually get knocked out in the sixth after the Saints' offence came alive to secure them the win against Humber. Matt Stoddart would come on and work an inning and a third allowing a hit in his outing.
At the plate, Humber would keep the game tight early but would fade late. The Hawks would accumulate five hits in the game. Andrew Thomson would be the lone bright spot for Humber as he would have two doubles in his three at bats, driving in a run.