Laurier: 5 Brock: 14
The Number one team in the province, the Brock Badgers traveled to Kitchener to take on the Golden Hawks in OUA Baseball action on Tuesday night and left with 2 wins, as they beat the Hawks 14-5 and 8-2.
Game 1 started out great for the Hawks, but it turned around fairly quick. Rookie 3B Jordan Bilkas
(Unionville, Ont) doubled home two runs in the third inning to tie the game at twos. Laurier starter Derek Rapini
(Burlington, Ont) was pitching a great game and with the offense help he got the Hawks looked to be ahead. With two on base, Bilkas took a belt high curveball and deposited it into the trees in left center field for a three-run home run, his first as a Golden Hawk. Rapini ran out of gas in the top of the 6th inning however, as Brock loaded the bases with none out. Two walks scored two runs for Brock and would mark the end of the line for Rapini. John Jurgaitis
(Oakville, Ont) found himself in a precarious position when he entered the game as he was not properly warmed up. A two-run double and three-run home run a little later left the Hawks looking for answers. When the dust settled on the worst inning of the season, Brock had plated 11 runners. The final score was Brock 14 Laurier 5. Bilkas lead the offense with 5 RBI and Matt Snoei
(Grassie, Ont) had 2 hits, despite battling the flu all day.
Laurier sent 5th year starter SCOTT BALLANTYNE
(Kincardine, Ont) to the hill in an attempt to split the double header. It was not his day however, as Brock did not hit the ball hard, but they found a way to score seven runs, 6 earned in his 4 innings of work. Mark Eccleton
(Toronto, Ont) filled in for Snoei at SS in the second game and had a career day at the plate. He was 4-4 with a run scored. Anthony Iafrate
(Toronto, Ont) drove him home with an RBI single in the third inning. Rookie outfielder Chris Mokriy
hit his first HR as a Hawk to deep centre field in the 5th, but it was too little too late for the Hawks. Brock cruised to an 8-2 win and now stand at 12-1, at the top of the OUA.
Laurier, with a record of 5-8, is still in the hunt for the last playoff spot. Guelph and Western share identical records with the Hawks while the Waterloo Warriors are one game ahead (and in 4th place) at 6-7.
The McMaster Marauders come to Bechtel Park on Saturday afternoon for a double header that gets underway at 1pm.