TORONTO, Ont. - The OUA All-Star team jumped out to an early lead that it would never relinquish with a four-run top of the second inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the 2008 OUA baseball champions McMaster Marauders at the third-annual OUA baseball all-star showcase at the Rogers Centre.
The six members of the Golden Hawks contributed significantly to the OUA All-Stars victory. Chris Pittaway
(Paris, Ont.) led the 14-hit attack with two hits. Pittaway's two hit and two RBI performance earned him the KR3 most valuable player award. Brian MacDonald
(Markham, Ont.) also added two hits for the All-Stars. Curtis Young (Waterloo, Ont.) chipped in with a base hit and Ryan Panas
(Toronto, Ont.) and Scott Mahn
(Kitchener, Ont.) also contributed to the All-Star win. Tim Sinyard (Aurora, Ont.) allowed two runs but did record two big strikeouts with the bases loaded to get out of a tough jam.
As lethal as the OUA All-Stars were with the lumber, they were equally as dominate on the mound as seven pitchers combined to strike out 18 McMaster batters.
The OUA All-Star team opened the scoring in the top of the second inning when Brock's Tim Sogan's double to the left-field wall cashed in Western's Andrew Salmon. An RBI groundout by Pittaway and run scoring singles by the Mustangs Matt Bekar and Hendry gave the All-Stars a 4-0 lead off of Marauders starting pitcher Matthew Piccini. Brother Chris Piccini didn't fair much better as the OUA All-Stars added to their lead an inning later. Sogan hit a sacrifice fly and Pittaway had a key two-out hit to right field, increasing the lead to 6-0 through three.
McMaster had a huge opportunity to get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when the bases were loaded with nobody out. However, Laurier's Sinyard was able to minimize the damage to two runs allowed with two big strikeouts.
The All-Stars would tack on runs in the sixth and the seventh inning and cruised to the 8-2 victory.
“This was a great showcase of the talent that the OUA has to offer. I’m extremely proud of the effort that our players put in and I’m excited for the 2009 season.” commented Laurier Head Coach and OUA Baseball Showcase Chairman SCOTT BALLANTYNE
The game between the Marauders and the OUA all-stars followed the Major League Baseball contest earlier in the afternoon, won by the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 over the Baltimore Orioles.