WATERLOO, Ont.- The Golden Hawks hosted their final regular season game of the year at Bechtel Park versus Guelph, and lost to the Gryphons 4-2. Laurier now finishes off their season with ten wins and eight losses, matching their previous team record from 2005.
“What this means is that we’re still in the play-offs, but we defiantly won’t have home field advantage,” said head coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. The team waits for the remainder of the OUA results to determine who they will face in the first round of the play-off series.
Matthew Hall (Oakville, Ont.) started on the mound for Laurier against Guelph, while Colin Calvert (Burlington, Ont.) pitched for the Gryphons.
Shawn Dunsmore and Mark Mongillo were the first to score for Guelph in the third inning. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that Josh Kennedy, also of Guelph, hit a two-run homerun to make it 4-0.
“I don’t think we adjusted to their pitcher,” said Hall. “He had a strong start, and pitched a really good game.”
Wesley Van Luven (Orillia, Ont.) came in to relieve Hall, who was then replaced by Trent Barwick (Orangeville, Ont.). “Overall [Matthew Hall] threw well, and Trent did a really good job in finishing up,” commented coach Ballantyne.
In the final inning of the game Laurier battled back earning two runs, but couldn’t manage to get ahead of the Gryphons.
Elliott Shrive (Waterloo, Ont.) reached base on a fielder’s choice, and went on to steal second. Ryan Panas (Toronto, Ont.) singled to advance Shrive, who was brought home off an RBI single from Brian MacDonald (Markham, Ont.). Panas earned Laurier's final run of the game, stealing home on a passed ball.
“We weren’t into the game mentally,” said MacDonald. “We didn’t come out strong enough and we should’ve won.” The final score was 4-2 in favour of Guelph.