KITCHENER - The Baseball Hawks travelled across town to play their rivals the Waterloo Warriors in OUA Baseball action on Tuesday night at Jack Couch Park. The Hawks got down early and never recovered, falling to the Warriors 8-0. The loss drops the Hawks’ record back to the .500 mark at 4-4.
Waterloo got a run off Laurier starter Tim Lawrence in the bottom of the first courtesy a questionable call at first base. The Warriors tacked on another run in the second inning to increase their lead to 2-0. Waterloo starter Shane Riley found himself in a world of trouble in the top of the fourth with Hawk baserunners on second and third with no one out. Riley proceeded to strike out three consecutive Laurier batters to retire the side and work out of the jam. The turning point in the game occurred in the bottom of the fifth when Waterloo capitalized on a Laurier error to keep the inning alive for LF Brendan Smith. Smith belted a three-run homer off Lawrence to left-field to make the score 5-0. The Warriors increased their lead to 8-0 in the sixth off Laurier reliever Matt Young to put the game out of reach. Adam Scheerer worked a scoreless 8th for the Hawks recording three strikeouts and freshman Brad Bach had a successful ninth inning on the mound with a scoreless inning of his own.
The story of the game for the Hawks was an inability to put the ball in play in key situations, as evidenced by the 11 strikeouts recorded by Warrior pitching. Riley picked up the win, his first of the season and Lawrence (0-2) suffered the loss going 5 innings giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (2 earned) with 3 strikeouts and 1 base on balls. The lone bright spot offensively for the Hawks was LF Andrew Stevens who collected 3 hits on the night.
The Hawks will look to rebound from this loss on Sunday when they travel to Guelph for a double-header with the Gryphons who are off to a disappointing start to the season.
As part of the Alumni weekend festivities, the Third Annual Laurier Baseball Alumni game will take place on Saturday Sept. 22nd at 9:00 a.m. at Bechtel Park. The game will pit the current edition of the Golden Hawks against a group of Alumni. Expected to take part in the game for the Alumni team are current Golden Hawk coaches SCOTT BALLANTYNE, Bob Elliott, Kevin Albrecht, Ryan Davison and Jordan Bilkas. Also expected to be in the line-up for the Alumni include names from the past such as Pat Kropf, David Onyett-Jeffries, Tim Henderson, Brad Boegel, Scott Smith, John Jurgaitis, Derek Rapini and many others. The Alumni event is always a great day for the past and present of Laurier Baseball to come together. The Alumni are 2-0 in the previous 2 years and will look to keep their perfect record in tact again this year.