Laurier: 7 McMaster: 2
Waterloo - The mission for the Laurier Golden Hawks Baseball team was simple: Win 2 games and hope the tie breaking formula works out. 2 wins against powerhouse McMaster would give the Hawks a record of 8-9 and put them in a 5 way tie for the final 2 playoff spots.
Mother nature did her best to try and spoil the Hawks playoff chances, but despite the cold wind and occasional snow fall, Laurier played their best 2 games of the season. Derek Rapini
took the ball in Game 1 and put in a gutsy performance. Despite a sore arm, he pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up 6 hits while striking out 4. He got some offensive support in the first, as the Hawks put up 3 runs. Matt Snoei
(Grassie, Ont), Jordan Wittig (Waterloo, Ont) and Anthony Iafrate
(Toronto, Ont) all scored in the 1st. Laurier put up 3 more runs in the 2nd and yet another 3 spot in the 3rd. The second inning saw history made as Snoei broke the CIBA single season record as he was hit by a pitch for the 10th time. With a 9-0 lead heading into the 5th, Laurier needed just one more run to end the game early. Steve Sadoff (Thornhill, Ont) singled home David Onyett-Jefferies (Toronto, Ont) who had doubled to lead off the inning. The 10-0 win was the Hawks biggest win of the season. Jeffries lead the offensive with 2 hits and 2 runs. Snoei and Wittig also scored twice in the victory and Iafrate had 2 RBIs to help pace the offense.
With the win, the Hawks were half way there. 5th year Business student SCOTT BALLANTYNE
(Kincardine, Ont) made his final start for the Hawks in the night cap of the twin bill. The weather took a turn for the worse in the 2nd and the teams were forced off the field for approximately 20 minutes for a snow delay. The snow did not slow down the Hawks offense however, as they put up a 4 spot in the first inning. 3 more runs in the 5th were enough for Ballantyne, as he went the distance in the 7-2 victory. The 2 runs scored were both unearned as Ballantyne scattered 6 hits and struck out 7 over 7 innings. Pat Kroft (Waterloo, Ont) had 2 hits for the Hawks and Jordan Bilkas
(Unionville, Ont) scored twice in the victory.
The Hawks went to bed on Wednesday night not knowing whether they would be playing baseball on Saturday or not. Unfortunately, the mathematics did not work in the Hawks favour, as the Waterloo Warriors were granted 3rd place and the Western Mustangs 4th through the tie breaking system.
The 2003 season was the best ever for the Hawks, as their 8 wins are the most in school history. The future looks bright for the Hawks, but graduating players, Mark Eccleton
, Steve Sadoff, Matt Snoei
, Ryan Finnson
, Russ Latimer
, Bob Elliot
t and SCOTT BALLANTYNE
will be sorely missed.