Senior pitcher Tim Sinyard picked up the victory in relief of sophomore starter David Canavan. Freshmen pitcher Steve Zagrodny got the final four outs to preserve the Laurier victory. Zagrodny relieved Sinyard with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and promptly struck out the Toronto hitter to end the rally and keep the Laurier lead intact.
Canavan worked 5 2/3 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on four walks and four hit batters, but did not surrender a hit on the afternoon. Toronto scored its runs on two wild pitches and a Laurier error to take a 3-0 lead through six innings. Toronto starter, Marek Deska was pitching well and had escaped trouble through the early innings, as Laurier left a number of runners stranded. The Hawks knocked Deska out of the game after scoring two runs in the seventh inning to make the score 3-2 Toronto. Laurier then capitalized on the Toronto bullpen putting up seven runs in the eighth inning to put the game away. The inning was capped off by a Curtis Young RBI double off the fence in right field that narrowly missed leaving the yard. Seniors Scott Mahn and Chris Pittaway paced the offense with three hits apiece. Junior Brian MacDonald, senior Damien Eccleton and freshman Ryan Panas each added two hits of their own. It was a very balanced attack with eight of the nine starters registering at least one hit as Laurier pounded out 14 hits to go along with five Toronto errors.
“This was a good win for us to kick off the 2008 season”, said Laurier Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “We stuck to our game plan and we caught a break in the eighth. It’s always nice to get a win on opening day”.
The Hawks travel across town to face the University of Waterloo Warriors on Saturday afternoon in a double header starting at 1pm. Waterloo plays its home games at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener (next to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium).
The 4th annual Laurier Baseball alumni game will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1pm at Bechtel Park when the current edition of the Hawks will take on a team of Golden Hawk Baseball Alumni. Scheduled to make an appearance for the alumni include names such as: Matt Snoei, Bob Elliott, Derek Rapini, Mark Eccleton, Tim Henderson, AJ Iafrate, Chris Mokriy, Brad Binns, Jon Roth and current members of the Laurier coaching staff and former Hawk players SCOTT BALLANTYNE, Kevin Albrecht, Ryan O’Connor and Ryan Davison.