Rams play best baseball to sweep Waterloo
KITCHENER, Ont. - The adage in baseball is that pitching, defence and timely hitting wins games. On Friday, the Ryerson Rams performed well in all three areas and swept the doubleheader against the Waterloo Warriors.
Game One: Ryerson 6, Waterloo 3
The Ryerson Rams defeated the Waterloo Warriors, after taking the lead late in the game. Tied at three in the eighth, Aidan Dolan’s sacrifice fly would give the Rams a lead they would not relinquish.
Waterloo opened the scoring in the first inning, on Stephen Whalen’s sacrifice fly. Each team scored two in the third, including a two-run double by Dolan. Ryerson would eventually tie things up in the sixth, with another sacrifice fly, this time by third baseman, RJ Mienkowski.
During the fourth time through the order, Rams hitters would finally solve Warriors starter, Sam Goindi, scoring one in the eighth and two more in the ninth to take game one, 6-3.
A pair of Rams rookie relievers were dominant in this game. Max Dieks earned his first OUA win, pitching 2.2 innings, striking out two while not surrendering a hit. “Fastball felt good today. I was able to have the confidence, and I had amazing defence behind me,” said Dieks who relished his first win as a Ram.
Logan Kerry had his longest outing, pitching five innings with four strikeouts and only allowing three hits. “I take a little bit off my fastball and try to hit my spots,” said Kerry when discussing his approach to pitching longer in today’s game.
Dolan would have his best game of the season collecting three hits in four at bats, with three runs batted in.” First pitch curveballs and them following up with the fastball. I was able to jump on the fastball today,” said Dolan discussing his success at the plate.
Game Two - Ryerson 5, Waterloo 2
The Rams offence exploded for four runs in the second, and easily beat the Warriors in game two, 5-2. Rookie Daniel Kolominsky, an RBI single, and veteran Mrugen Mehta, a two-run double, sparked Ryerson’s offence against Warriors starter, Jasper Henry.
Kevin MacDonald picked up his team leading second win. He surrendered four hits and two runs over 4.2 innings, not allowing a walk. He was economical in his pitch count only throwing 36 pitches.
“It feels good because I can go out there and throw a lot of strikes and they can hit it. The guys made a lot of plays behind me,” said Kevin MacDonald when asked about the benefits to being staked to an early lead. “Just go out there and do my thing. I know the hitters are going to do their thing.”
Jack Little picked up his first OUA save, recording the last seven outs of the game.
“Best baseball we have played all year. Pitching was outstanding in both games,” said head coach Ben Rich after the doubleheader. “The offence execution hit and run, stealing and getting the bunts down was great. Then doing what we need to do to get them in by a sac fly or by a big hit.”
The Rams were scheduled to play Laurier on October 6 but the games were postponed due to rain and have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 13.