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Laurier: 3 Terriers: 8
ST. MARY'S, Ont. - The Wilfrid Laurier baseball team opened up their 2012 non-conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon with a double-header at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in beautiful St. Mary's, Ontario. The Golden Hawks dropped the first game to a strong Ontario Terriers U18 ball club by a score of 8-3. Laurier bounced back in the afternoon to shutout the Windsor Lancers 7-0.

Terriers U18 8 - Laurier 3

The Terriers are one of the top U18 teams in the country and they proved it on this afternoon as they swung the bats well and played great defense to beat the Golden Hawks 8-3. Despite their young age, these players are very seasoned and many have already signed letters of intent to attend NCAA Division I schools next fall. The Terriers got a quick run off Laurier starter Jordan Petruska of Mississauga, Ont., in the first inning. The Golden Hawks responded with two runs of their own in the second inning when DH McKenzie Maxwell of Corunna, Ont., hit a hard ground ball that the Terriers second baseman could not handle, scoring 1B Ian Filion of Whitby, Ont., who had doubled, and LF Riley Robison of Mississauga, Ont., who had singled earlier in the inning. Adam McBride of Toronto, Ont., came on to work the third and fourth innings and the Terriers scored 3 runs in each inning that McBride worked. Laurier got one run back in the bottom of the third when SS Colin McKeen of Orangeville, Ont., recorded his first RBI as a Golden Hawk with a sacrifice fly that scored 2011 OUA Rookie of the Year, CF Jonathan Brouse of Port Perry, Ont. The Terriers tacked on one more run in the sixth inning to secure an 8-3 victory. McBride was saddled with the loss after giving up 6 runs over 2 innings of work. Five different Golden Hawks recorded hits including: Brouse, Filion, Robinson, RF Daniel Murphy of Etobicoke, Ont., 3B Ryan Panas of Toronto, Ont.

Laurier 7 - Windsor 0

Brett van Pelt of Whitby, Ont., got the start for Laurier in the afternoon game against Windsor and worked 2 scoreless innings to get the Golden Hawks off to a good start. Up 1-0 in the top of the second, freshman LF John King of Toronto, Ont., stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and promptly cleared them with a 3 run triple and then scored himself on a wild pitch to give the Golden Hawks a 5-0 lead through 2 innings. Ian Filion, Jake Tougas of North Bay, Ont., and McKenzie Maxwell followed up van Pelts strong start to record the Golden Hawks first victory and first shutout of the season. Windsor only mustered one hit on the afternoon compared to the 11 hits registered by the Golden Hawks. Leading at the plate was King who was a home run short of the cycle with a single, double and triple and 3 RBI. C Daniel Murphy scored two runs, CF Brandon Manley of Peterborough, Ont., had a single and 2 RBI and 1B Adam Shaver of Mississauga, Ont., picked up his first 2 hits as a Golden Hawk. Other hits went to C Ryan Belz of Thornhill, Ont., RF Alex Kupchak of Mississauga, Ont., SS Chad Keohane of Ottawa, Ont., 3B Brandon Washkevich of Guelph, Ont., and 2B Jeff Slasor of Oakville, Ont.

"This was a great start to our non-conference schedule," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "The Terriers are a great organization and a great ball club and they flat out beat us today, but we played well defensively as we turned 3 double plays and that was great to see. Our pitching was great in the afternoon game and a number of our freshmen had great debuts, especially John King who had a great day. We had a very competitive training camp and the guys were excited to get into some real game action."

Next up for the Golden Hawks is a trip to Kincardine on Wednesday to take on the Kincardine Cubs Senior team in the final tune-up before the Golden Hawks travel to St. Catharines on Labour Day weekend to defend their Championship at the Brock Invitational tournament. The Golden Hawks will play the same Terriers U18 team, the University of Guelph, Team Ontario and St. Clair College in round robin action with the top 2 teams advancing to the final round.
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