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Orioles battle hard in Port Lambton Tournament
The ‘Wounded Orioles of 2018’ took part in the annual Port Lambton Pirates A Senior Baseball Tournament this past weekend. In true 2018 fashion they had a full complement of players and in 1 game actually had a sub on the bench! Something rarely seen in OSBA play this year.
Game 1 - Friday vs Corruna Giants (Loss - 6-3): The Orioles once again requested the assistance of fellow OSBA player Harrison Gaudet to accompany them in Port Lambton and it was nice to have Harrison on the same side of the field as opposed shutting them down on the mound early in the season with Royal York. With a run in each of the first 3 innings Corruna jumped out the early lead. However in the bottom of the third the Orioles capitalized on a couple errors and a 2 out double by Lee Mathé drove home Joel Palma to make the score 3-2 heading into the 4th. After getting the first two outs in the fourth The Orioles looked poised to have shutdown inning but the Giants managed to cash in on a couple Orioles mistakes and score 2 runs making the score 5-2. The Giants only managed to push one more run across over 3 effective innings pitched by John Brady making the score 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th. The bottom of the Orioles order had a very effective game and with hits by Darryn Renaud, Rob Fougere, Brady and a walk by Gaudet the Orioles had the tying run at the plate with one out and runners at 1st and 3rd. However a snap throw to first caught a leaning Oriole and a strikeout ended the comeback and the Orioles fell short in game 1.
Game 2 - Saturday vs. Port Lambton Pirates (Loss 8-2): The score does not tell the whole story in this game. The Orioles now down to 9 players for Saturday turned to Darryn Renaud to give them a quality start, and they definitely got that and more. In his first pitching action of the year Renaud managed to effectively work his way through 7 innings to give the Orioles a chance. Some fantastic defensive gems from Frank Pirillo and Joel Palma up the middle and countless balls tracked down in the outfield by centre fielder Rob Fougere kept the score at 4-2 heading into the top of the 5th inning. Renaud back out for the 5th managed to pitch his way out a bases loaded 1 out jam getting a ground ball he needed inducing a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the 5th. Renaud hampered by a hamstring injury limiting his mobility and speed decided to hit from the right side in his third plate appearance of the game and with a runner on second base with 2 out Renaud managed to tattoo a ball right up the middle knocking in a run for the Orioles making it 4-3 heading to the 6th. A scoreless 6th on both ends took us to the 7th inning still with a 4-3 score. This is where perhaps playing the hometown team maybe went against the Orioles and a few questionable balls and missed strike calls led to 4 walks and a 2 out single brought home 2 more big runs for the Pirates making the score 8-3 heading into the bottom half. The Orioles determined not to go down without a fight led off the inning with a HBP for Mathé, a single by Rattray (3rd of the game), a passed ball and a walk by Avi Sundar had the bases loaded with 2 outs. It was however not to be and 2 shallow pop outs ended the game and thwarted another potential Orioles comeback.
Game 3 - Saturday vs. Tecumseh Thunder (2): With the temperature now sitting at a scorching 38 degrees the Orioles had their destiny sitting right in front of them with Joel Palma slotted to pitch and the winner advancing to the quarter finals on Sunday morning, the only obstacle was the tecumseh thunder. The Orioles bats came alive in this tilt jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first and a leadoff walk in the second by Rob Fougere, a steal of second, a steal of third and a sac fly made the score 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second. Tecumseh managed to string together 5 straight hits in the bottom half to knot the score up at 2 heading into the 3rd inning. The Orioles led off the inning with singles by John Brady, Brandon Sekulovich and Joel Palma had the bases loaded with none out with Frank Pirillo up. Prillo promptly knocked a bases clearing double to the fence and Mathé making it back to back doubles extended the Orioles lead to 6-2 heading into the bottom half. A shutdown inning in the 4th brought Rob Fougere back to the plate where he lead off the inning with a triple that was inches away from clearing the top of the fence in left centre field. Making the score 7-2. This is when Tecumseh’s bats came alive again coupled with some untimely errors by the Orioles and 4 base hits the Thunder knotted teh score up at 7-7. Bottom of the 6th saw the Orioles one pitch away from getting out of a bases loaded none out jam, but it was not to be and a ball in the dirt at 1st base led to 2 unearned runs from the Thunder nevertheless making the score 9-7 heading in the top of the 7th. Mathé led off the inning with a walk, Rattray got his 6th hit of the day to give the Orioles 1st and 2nd with none out. A pop fly and a passed ball put the tying run on 2nd base and Avi Sundar at the plate. Sundar did his job and hit a fly ball to right field Mathé tagged up at 3rd and with a hook slide avoiding the tag managed to cash in the sac fly making the score 9-8 and the tying run now at 3rd base. A hard hit ball up the middle looked like it would tie the score but a defensive gem by the Thunder Shortstop ended the game and the Orioles chances in Port Lambton with a 9-8 final.
Great work all around for the Orioles battling hard with 9 players. Injuries have been the story for the Orioles thus far but with positive performances by all players at the tournament the Orioles hope to change the narrative of 2018 and return to OSBA action against the expansion Mississauga Majors Sunday afternoon for a 1PM start for their doubleheader.
Week #7 Results
BROOKLIN DODGERS vs. PORT HOPE FLYERS
Dodgers - 1 Flyers - 6
WP - Bobby Gilligan (CG, 7 K's) LP - Sean Preece
MISSISSAUGA MAJORS vs. YORK DIAMONDS
Majors - 4 Diamonds - 10
WP - Tom Argiropouos LP - Mike Mikula
YORK DIAMONDS vs. SCARBOROUGH DRAGONS
Diamonds - 3 Dragons - 4
WP - Chad Simone S - Pat Janssen LP - Eric Foley
Diamonds - 7 Dragons - 4
WP - Reuben Maracle LP - Peter Westlake
ROYAL YORK CARDINALS vs. MISSISSAUGA MAJORS
Cardinals - 8 Majors - 3
WP - Cam Grey S - Shane Richetti LP - Mike Mikula
Cardinals - 5 Majors - 1
WP - Shane Richetti S - Brendan Forbes LP - Chantello Jagmoc
MISSISSAUGA SOUTHWEST TWINS vs. METRO METS
Twins - 5 Mets - 3
WP - Stu Kingston (CG) LP - Matt Klamot
Twins - 8 Mets - 4
WP - Mike O'Donnell LP - Justin Cruz (CG)
HR - Stu Kingston (Twins)
PORT HOPE FLYERS vs. WHITBY CHIEFS
Flyers - 3 Chiefs - 4
WP - Tristan Beadle LP - Bobby Gilligan (CG)
Flyers - 5 Chiefs - 7
WP - Jeremy Moulton LP - Brandon Tink (CG)