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Solid Weekend for Baseball Hawks
Laurier: 5 Toronto: 2
WATERLOO - After a disappointing weekend against the league’s top two teams, the Hawks found themselves with a record of 3-8 and on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The team needed a big weekend to jump back into the race. The boys did not disappoint, as they picked up two wins and now find themselves right in the thick of the race in the 8 team OUA.

Laurier vs. Brock
Brock traveled to Waterloo to take on the Hawks on Wednesday evening to make up a game that was rained out earlier in the season. Tim Lawrence made the start for the Hawks on only 3 days rest. Laurier got to Brock early and jumped ahead 3-2 after 2 innings. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, controversy struck. With the bases loaded, 1B Curtis Young belted a line-drive into the right-centre field gap. It was difficult to determine whether the ball left the park on the fly or bounced over/under the fence. The umpires converged and ruled that it was a ground rule double. This put the Hawks up 5-2, rather than 7-2, which would have been the score had the ball been ruled a HR. Brock bounced back in the top of the fourth and jumped ahead 6-5. A lightning show began in the bottom of the 5th inning that forced both teams off the field. After a short delay, the skies opened up and put a stop to the game. The two teams will continue the game later in the season.

Laurier 5 Toronto 2
The Hawks traveled to Scarborough for a match-up with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at their new park on Friday afternoon. Toronto beat-up on the Hawks early in the season in a double header and Laurier had revenge on their minds. Rookie starter Brad Binns made his fourth start of the season for the Hawks and Toronto countered with Jake Gallo. Toronto scored 2 unearned runs in the 3rd inning to take a 2-0 lead. Laurier countered with a run in the 5th to close the gap to 2-1. The score stayed that way until the 8th inning when the Hawks broke it open with 4 runs. Binns threw 7 strong innings allowing 7 hits on 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. The win evened Binns’ record at 2-2 for the season. Matt Young threw a scoreless 8th and Rob Thompson came in to secure his 3rd save of the season with a perfect 9th inning. 2B Ryan Lawrence had a break-out day at the plate as he was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. RF Dan Hammond chipped in with 2 hits and also made a great defensive play cutting down a Toronto runner at third base from right field. This win was a great team effort and exactly what the boys needed.

Laurier vs. Waterloo
The battle of Waterloo was scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Bechtel Park, however Mother Nature did not co-operate. The game was postponed. The double-header will be made up during the up-coming week. Stay tuned to the website when the date and times are confirmed.

Laurier 6 Guelph 4
The 6-6 Guelph Gryphons traveled to Waterloo to take on the Hawks on Sunday afternoon. Laurier sent veteran starter John Jurgaitis to the hill in search of his first win of the season. Laurier got on the board early, scoring 1 in the 2nd inning courtesy an RBI from C Chris Pittaway and another 2 in the 3rd inning via a 2-run double from 1B Curtis Young to jump ahead 3-0. Jurgaitis brought his ‘A-Game’ on this afternoon and although he gave up a total of 11 base hits, he was able to maneuver his way out of trouble time after time. Laurier tacked on another run in the 6th to take a 4-0 lead. Guelph responded with a run of their own in the 7th, to make the score 4-1. Pittaway broke the game open in the bottom of the 7th inning when he doubled home 2 Hawk baserunners. Guelph was able to score 2 off Hawks’ reliever Matt Young, however Rob Thompson recorded the final 4 outs of the game to notch his league-leading 4th save of the season. Jurgaitis picked up the win (1-3) going 7 innings, surrendering 11 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Pittaway was the offensive star going 3-3 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs. CF Jeff Brunsek added 3 hits and DH Pat Kropf and 1B Curtis Young each had a pair of hits.

Alumni 8 Laurier 7
The second annual Laurier Baseball Alumni Game was held following the victory against Guelph. 11 former Golden Hawk players made the trip to Waterloo to take on the current edition of the Golden Hawks. Current Laurier coaches SCOTT BALLANTYNE and Bob Elliott suited up for the Alumni team. In a fun-filled afternoon, the Alumni hung on for an 8-7 victory over the current Laurier team. Mark Eccleton picked up the win for the Alumni, with Anthony Iafrate notching the save. The game provided a great opportunity for some of the younger Golden Hawks to get some game action. The Alumni would like to thank Laurier catcher Fraser MacKinnon for stepping in and handling the catching duties for the Alumni team.

The following Alumni participated in the game:

· Bob Elliott
· Terry Arges
· Ryan O’Connor
· Anthony Iafrate
· John Bell
· Tim Henderson
· Chris Mokriy
· Derek Lowe
· Derek Rapini
· Mark Eccleton

The 2 wins improves Laurier’s record to 5-8 and brings them one step closer to a playoff position. Brock and Western are secure in their spots atop the OUA. After that the fun begins. Waterloo and Guelph both sit at 6-7 and a tie for 3rd place. Toronto follows at 5-7, with Laurier at 5-8 and McMaster at 5-9. The last week of the season will prove to be an exciting one, as the last 2 playoffs spots are still up for grabs. Laurier will host Waterloo this week (dates and times to be finalized). McMaster comes to town on Saturday for a double header at Bechtel at 1pm and Laurier will finish a rain-shorted game with Brock this week as well. The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the 5th with Brock leading 6-5.
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