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Hawks split pre-season double header
ST MARY'S, Ont. - On Tuesday, September 1st the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks traveled to St. Mary’s for a pre-season double header. The Hawks took a 5-4 loss in their first game against the Guelph Gryphons, but bounced back to defeat the St. Clair Saints 13-2 in game two.

Laurier came out strong in game one, taking an early lead against Guelph. “We played well for the first six innings,” said head coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “But then we started making mental mistakes defensively.”

Guelph earned all five of their runs in the final inning of the game after Laurier failed to secure their third out on the field. A few key errors, combined with the overall inexperience of the newcomers allowed the Gryphons to defeat the Hawks by a final score of 5-4.

“We had a lot more success in the second game,” said Ballantyne. Third baseman Ryan Panas and catcher Chris Pittaway led things off with the first two runs of the game, and it didn’t take long for former rookie pitcher of the year David Canavan to get things started on the mound.

Pitchers Stephen Zagrodny and Joshua Robinson both had strong performances as well. “The biggest difference was our pitching,” said Ballanyne. “We didn’t walk anyone this game.”

At bat Panas and Pat Kropf slammed triples bringing in more runs for Laurier. Poor pitching by St. Clair secured the Golden Hawks with an even bigger lead. Laurier kept their batting going, and runners continued to advance as a result of wild pitches and batters hit by pitch.

Freshman Elliott Shrive’s hit to right field brought in fielder James Bruce for Shrive's second RBI. Shrive then stole home on a wild pitch to earn Laurier’s final run.

Veterans Kropf at short stop, Mahn on second, and Brian MacDonald at first, ended the game with a double play, making it the third of the game for the trio. The final score was 13-2 in favour of Laurier. “I was confident we would bounce back and the second game showed that,” said Ballantyne.
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