Warriors eliminate Rams at OUA Championship
AJAX, Ont. – The opening game of the OUA championship between Waterloo and hosting Ryerson went down to the ninth inning. A three-run rally by the Warriors would help punch their ticket to the OUA Championship quarter-final, with a 6-3 win.
In a back and forth game, Waterloo’s Joshua Sabino would open the ninth inning with a lead off walk to start the rally. Jordan Carthy and Erick Werner would have run scoring singles to give the Warriors a lead they would not relinquish.
Warriors starting pitcher, Stephen Gade, would battle through seven innings surrendering 10 hits to the Rams. However, he was able to make the necessary pitches when needed and only surrendered three runs to Ryerson. Sam Goindi, who has been a pleasant surprise for Waterloo, would pitch two scoreless innings to secure the win for the Warriors.
“Gade kept us in the game, he threw well and let our offence come back,” said Warriors head coach Tim Pegg. “And on top of that, the zero in the error column, we didn’t give them extra base runners.”
Errors were the big difference in the game. Caleb King, who lead the Rams in innings pitched, provided Ryerson with an excellent seven-inning performance. He would allow three runs, but none of the runs were earned as a result of five Ryerson errors.
Quinn Cumming, in his final game in the OUA, would surrender three runs in his two innings of work. It could have been worse had it not been for an excellent diving play by centre fielder, Jared Armstong.
Ryerson opened the scoring in the fourth on a two out single by Sam Munro driving in Jason Te. They could have had more but struggled to score leaving six runners on base through the first five innings.
In the top of the fifth, the Warriors’ Dan Inglis led off with a single followed by an error by pitcher Caleb King, on a bunt attempt by Mike Kritz. A stolen base and back to back fly balls by Carthy and Werner gave Waterloo a 2-1 lead.
Werner struck again in the top of the seventh. With two out and runners on first and second, he singled to left. Rams left fielder Ciuffreda throw home beat the runner, but Aubin was unable to corral it and Kritz scored.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ryerson would score two runs on a ground out by Armstrong and a double steal. In the play, Fishbaum stole home and would be Ryerson’s best player with a five hit game leading off for the Rams.