WATERLOO - The Golden Hawks came to the field ready to play in a double header against their rivals the Western Mustangs. It was a chilly day at Bechtel Park, and through the two games the team's split with Western winning first 4-1 and the the Hawks 5-4 in the second game.
The game started off on a good note with starting pitcher Brad Binns on the mound, taking the Mustangs down one by one. Momentum did not stay strong however, as the Hawks were unable to get on base until the third inning. Groundouts and pop-ups were the downfall of game one, as most hits were played right to the Mustangs defence.
Game two played slightly different as rookie David Canavan stepped up to the mound to face Western. The first inning looked promising for the Mustangs as four runs were scored right off the bat. The Hawks saw a challenge and went for it, with a key single from (SS) Damien Eccleton in the third inning. The game took off from there with a double by (2B) Scott Mahn in the fourth, bringing in both (SS) Damien Eccleton and (CF) Jeff Brunsek. Another run in during the fifth brought the final score to 5-4 Laurier. When asked about the game Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE responded saying that “...it was a great comeback to be down 4-1 in game one and to come back in game two and win it 5-4. I am very impressed with David (Canavan) for pitching so well, and with the team and their win versus the two-time defending champions.”
Next up for the Hawks is a battle against their cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener.