Laurier: 2 McMaster: 0
AJAX, Ont. – On the heels of a complete game, six hit shutout performance from sophomore pitcher Kyle Symington
, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the McMaster Marauders 2-0 to advance to the semifinal at the OUA baseball championship.
Symington was in control from the start, throwing nothing but strikes until the third inning.
“Kyle’s been really consistent for us all year…and every time he’s pitched he’s given us a chance to win,” said head coach Scott Ballantyne
following the game. “He was dialed in right from when the bus took off from Waterloo today, he was ready to go. He threw strikes, got ahead of hitters, and had exactly the kind of start that we needed and were hoping for.”
The Golden Hawks gave Symington some run support in the bottom of the second which turned out to be the only runs of the game.
Back-to-back walks from Ryley Davenport
and Dallas Taylor
put the pressure on the Marauders defence and they couldn’t execute on their bunt defence when Kai Harris
dropped one down. With the bases loaded, Nick Cook delivered an RBI single to left-centerfield to open the scoring. One out later, Taka Ryan
tallied the second RBI single of the inning to give Laurier the 2-0 lead.
After Symington gave up his first hit in the third his defence came up big when left fielder Harris made a spectacular running catch into foul territory which carried him over the side fence for the final out of the inning.
Symington rolled through the middle innings with McMaster’s best opportunity to score coming in the seventh inning. The Marauders tallied back-to-back singles into centerfield but the runners were left stranded after a flyout to left.
Overshadowed by Symington’s performance, McMaster starter Julian Tymochko was also impressive. The sophomore tossed eight innings scattering eight hits and surrendering just the two runs.
The Golden Hawks will face the Queen’s Gaels in Saturday’s first semifinal starting at 11:00 a.m.- courtesy of Andrea Elliott, Ryerson Rams