Rams split doubleheaders with Mac, York
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams baseball team split both double headers against the McMaster Marauders and York Lions. However, missed scoring opportunities, costly errors, pitching struggles and an overturned call prevented the team from potentially sweeping the four games.
Saturday, September 24 vs McMaster Marauders
Game 1: Marauders 3 – Rams 2
The Rams took advantage of two Marauder errors in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Rams committed five errors in the game and that helped to contribute to two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh. Head Coach Ben Rich said, “we got great pitching by Quinn Cumming, but tough to win a game when you make 5 errors.”
Ryerson appeared to have scored the tying run in the eighth on an errant throw to first. But upon umpire review it was determined that the first baseman tagged the runner before he reached first for the third out. The Rams would lose 3-2.
Quinn Cumming: 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 ER, 3 walks, 4 strikeout
Pete Apostolopoulos: 3/4
Game 2: Rams 7 – Marauders 3
“Very good bounce back in the second game,” said Rich. “I liked how we ran the bases and put pressure on them. Played very soundly in all aspects.”
Coach Rich shuffled his lineup in hopes to generate more offence. “Give guys having success more at bats earlier in the game” said Rich. The team responded with a 13 hit attack including a stand out performance from rookie catcher Jon Fagnola. Also, the Rams got big two out hits by RJ Mienkowski and Andrew Ciuffreda to lead the team to an easy 7-3 victory.
“My goal was to stick to my approach and execute when guys are on base,” said Fagnola.
Senior Caleb King, who struggled in his first game against the Varsity Blues, pitched a complete game six hitter with five strikeouts. This was King’s first complete game in two years.
King spoke after the game about the difference between this start and his first one. “My fastball command was a lot better than my last outing. I was able to get it over, challenge hitters with the fastball and not leaving it in terrible spots”
Caleb King: CG, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, five strikeouts
Jon Fagnola: 3/3, 2 runs scored, 1 stolen base, 1 walk
Sunday, September 25 vs York Lions
Game 1: Rams 11 – Lions 0
The Ryerson Rams were able to take advantage of the York Lions ace who struggled with his command and location of his pitches early. Also, they were able to use the running game, stealing four bases, and the recently hot bat of Pete Apostolopoulos, to score five runs in the first two innings.
“I was pressing a lot earlier in the year and trying to do to much with pitches and I have recently smoothed out my mechanics,” said Apostolopoulos about his recent hot streak. “I am relaxing and trying to go to all fields.”
Ryerson added three more runs in both the seventh and ninth inning to pad their lead 11-0.
Charlie Crabb, one of the new Rams pitchers this season, pitched his best start and second complete game this year. He only allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters.
“My fastball had more giddy up definitely towards the middle of the game,” said Crabb. “Wherever I wanted to throw it, it went there”
Charlie Crabb: CG, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Pete Apostolpoulos : 3/5, 1 double, 1 RBI
Game 2: Lions 9 – Rams 8
The York Lions scored early and often against Rams starter Kevin MacDonald. They scored one in the first and three in the third. But the Rams answered back with a run in the second, on an RBI single by Jon Fagnola and two in the fourth, on a wild pitch and run scoring hit by Kyle Conquer.
In the middle innings the Lions continued to score, adding five runs off the bullpen. While the Rams could only muster a single run in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a wild pitch and Lions error.
However, in their last at bat, with Ryerson down 9-4, the bats would start to show some life. The Rams would score a run on a single by RJ Mienkowski and two more runs on a throwing error by a Lions infielder. Charlie Crabb would hit a sacrifice fly to bring the Rams within one. However, the next two batters would be retired and the Rams would suffer another tough loss.
“We took the middle of the game off, left the bat on our shoulders a lot of times,” said Rich. “We made a point to the players at the end of the game, saying that there is no reason we can’t play every inning the way we played that last inning. We do that and it is a different ballgame.”
Matt Papania: 2/3, 1 stolen base, 2 runs scored, 1 walk
Next game: Saturday, October 1 vs the Waterloo Warriors at Stan Wadlow Park. This is the rescheduled Think Pink game which is to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.