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Cardinals Double Up Rangers

June 16, 2009

Courtesy Rangers Website

The first place Erindale Cardinals doubled the score last night on the Etobicoke Rangers as the Cards won 10-5. Rangers starter and loser Curtis Saunders 2-1 gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in his 3 innings of work as the Cardinals struck for 4 runs in the 3rd. Jon Kielb pitched 2 scoreless innnings then gave way to Mark Eccleton. Eccleton in just his 2nd appearance of the year gave up 6 hits and 5 runs 3 earned in 2 2/3 before Peter Saweczko was summoned to record the final 2 outs. Offensively the Rangers gathered 8 hits as Saweczko and LF Manny Espinoza each had a pair. The Cardinbals outhit the Rangers 11-8.

The Rangers continue this mini road trip as they head down the QEW on Thursday to play the Johnson Division leaders St. Catharine's Metros. Game time is 7:30 @ Community Park. Dan McIldoon starts for the Rangers. The Rangers then return home on Friday night as they will host the Oakville A's @ 7:45 @ Connorvale park. Ranger Junior pitcher Andrew Hyde has drawn the assignment on the hill for the Rangers.

Z Puts Griz Back In Win Column

June 16, 2009

Courtesy Grizzlies Website

Mike Czerwieniec and Gord Robertson matched up again monday night in Oakville and as expected, it was a quick game. Last time around the Grizzlies won a 1-0 game on a Corrie Morrison homer, and last nights script was very similar as Morrison went deep again in the 1st as the Griz ended a 3 game skid with a 3-0 victory. Czerwieniec was again outstanding, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks with 8 strikeouts. With the shutout, Mikey Z is currently on a streak of 23 consecutive innings without allowing a run. Gord Robertson, the hardluck loser, went a strong 7 innings, surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits with 7 K's. Not much to get excited about on the offensive side for the Griz except for the 2 run homer from Morrison, his second of the season.

Next up for Glanbrook is a home date with the Etobicoke Rangers on sunday night.

Griz On 3 Game Losing Streak

June 15, 2009

Courtesy Grizzlies Website

Glanbrook held an early 4-0 advantage over the Oakville sunday night at Bernie Arbour, however a late surge propelled the A's to a 10-4 victory over the struggling Grizzlies. Chris Cooney got the start for the Grizzlies and was solid, throwing 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 walks with 2 strikeouts and exited with a 4-3 lead. Newcomer Alan McHenry took over in the 8th however he ran in to control issues, walking the first 3 batters he faced. Andrew Page took over in relief of McHenry but gave up a number of ground ball hits and when the dust settled the Girz were down by a half dozen. Marc Walton was the winning pitcher for the A's, going 9 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks with 14 strikeouts.

Glanbrook is back in action tomorrow night to face Oakville again, 7:30 start time. Mike Czerwieniec is the starter for the Grizzlies.

Metros Lose A Couple Tough Ones In Oshawa

June 15, 2009

Courtesy MetrosBaseball.ca

The St. Catharines Metros endured a couple of tough losses, to go 1-2...and failed to advance to the playoff round, at the Oshawa Invitational Tourney, this past weekend. After pounding the Milton Red Sox 12-2 in game 1, the Metros lost 7-6 to Newmarket, and 9-7 to Oshawa, to end their tournament on Saturday night. Oshawa went on to defeat Markham in the tournament finals.

In game 1, the Metros' Joe Roach set the tone early, as he hit the 3rd pitch of the game over the rightfield fence at Kirky Park. It would be the first of two "tape-measure" shots by the Metros' outfielder. In fact, St. Catharines collected 7 extra-base hits in the 5-inning, mercy-shortened win over Milton. In addition to Roach's two blasts and 3 RBI's, Jonathan Paul homered and doubled for 2 RBI's, and Justin Czorny tripled and doubled, also collecting 2 RBI's. Andrew Sorochan doubled and added a pair of singles and an RBI, while Tim Collins added a 2-run single. Nick Mazzarotto homered for the Red Sox.

The power surge by the Metros was more than enough to help T.J. Tavender pick up the win on the mound for St. Catharines. T.J. went the distance, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 5. Starter Sean Mathe took the loss for Milton.

Game 2 saw the Metros in a matchup with the Newmarket Hawks, and the Hawks continued their mastery over the Metros, with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory, at Clarington Fields. The win was Newmarket's third straight over St. Catharines in tournament play. The Metros scored 2 in the first and 3 in the 3rd, to open a 5-0 lead, and seemed to be in cruise control behind Dustin Turner. But the pesky Hawks scored 2 in the 4th, and then collected 5 in the 5th (with 5 straight hits) to take the lead. The Metros scored a run in the 6th to narrow the gap to one run, but that's as close as they could get.

Joe Roach collected two hits and an RBI, to lead the attack, while Andrew Sorochan and Aaron Butler each doubled. Kevin Benjamin and Justin Czorny each hit 2-run singles, while Tim Collins and Jonathan Paul added singles. Liam O'brien had two hits and 2 RBI's to lead the Hawks.

As mentioned, Turner absorbed the loss on the mound, despite striking out 12!, in his 4 1/3 innings. He allowed 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. Ian Horner pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, shutting down the Hawks on 1 walk and 1 hit.

With a record of 1-1, the Metros faced a showdown game with the Oshawa Royals on Saturday evening...a win and the Metros would advance. But, once again, St. Catharines couldn't stand success, as they found themselves leading 7-6, after 4 innings. The eventual tourney champions, however, combined 2 hits, a walk, and a costly Metros error to score three 5th-inning runs, for the margin of victory. The error was one of 5 committed by the usually sure-handed Metros during the game.

The Metros collected just 3 hits in the game, but combined them with 13 walks and 2 Royals errors, to score 7 runs. Justin Czorny had a pair of hits and 2 RBI's, while Kevin Benjamin added the other safety, and 2 RBI's. Other RBI's were collected by Rocco Spano, Brad Namtzu, and Tim Collins. Kenny Rogers collected three hits for Oshawa, including a big 3-run double in the 5th, for the game-winning runs.

Brian Essery started for St. Catharines on the mound, and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 1. Eric DeBoer pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, and absorbed the loss, despite allowing no earned runs. He did allow 3 unearned runs, on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3.

St. Catharines now returns to a busy schedule in C.O.B.A. play, with 7 games in 16 days. The first of them is Wednesday night in Burlington, as they take on the Brants. They then return home the next night, as the Etobicoke Rangers come to Community Park, for the Metros' regular Thursday night home game. First pitch in that one is 7:30.

Glanbrook Wins Tillsonburg Tournament

June 9, 2009

Courtesy Grizzlies Website

The Grizzlies won the annual Tillsonburg RedSox tournament this weekend, going a perfect 4-0 including a win over Thornhill to capture the championship.

In game one, the Griz faced the host Tillsonburg team and scored a run in the bottom off the 7th to come away with a 2-1 victory. Offensively, Rob Spiak and Corrie Morrison both had a pair of hits each, with Spiak scoring both runs for the Griz. Greg Urban had a tremendous game defensively and drove in the winning run in the 7th on a sac fly. Chris Cooney dominated the RedSox over 7 innings, scattering 4 hits and a walk to collect the win. In Game 2, Andrew Page got his first start of the season as the Grizzlies matched up against Whitby. The Grizzlies stranded 11 runnners over 7 innings but still managed to come away with a 5-3 win. Winning pitcher Andrew Page threw 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned), and 5 hits, 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Taylor Buck notched the save by throwing the last couple of innings, allowing 1 run, no hits and a pair of walks. Adam Cholewka was 2 for 3 with a homerun for Glanbrook while Corrie Morrison and Greg Urban had a pair of hits each. The win put Glanbrook in the "A" pool with Creemore, Brampton and Thornhill for sunday competition. In game 3, Mike Czerwieniec was seeing red and painting the black as he took on Creemore and once again the Grizzlies were the recepient of outstanding starting pitching as Z carried a no-hitter into the 5th inning before surrendering a 2 out hit. Czwerwieniec finished up with a 2 hit shutout as the Grizzlies advanced to the championship with a 3-0 win. Corrie Morrison turned in his 3rd multi-hit performance in a row, going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. In the final, the Grizzlies sent Ryan Colling to the mound against Thornhill and backed him up with a tremendous offensive show on route to a 8-3 win to become tournament champions. It seems Colling has returned to form, tossing a complete game 6 hitter with 1 earned run and 4 K's. Brock Marshall and Rob Spiak had a pair of hits each for Glanbrook in the finale.

The Grizzlies get a few days off before returning to action wednesday night in Burlington. Things seems to be coming together quite nicely for the Griz, and the club is also currently in the middle of negotiations with a former Grizzly who may be returning to the club by the end of the week.

Metros' Pitchers Stifle Red Sox

June 3, 2009

Courtesy MetrosBaseball.ca

Four St. Catharines Metros pitchers combined on a 4-hit shutout, as the home team downed the Milton Red Sox 5-0, at Community Park last night. Starter T.J. Tavender, along with relievers Brian Essery, Ian Horner, and Eric DeBoer didn't allow a runner to get to 3rd base, and limited the Sox to 4 hits, and 2 walks, while striking out 10. The Metros only managed 5 hits of their own, but 4 of them drove in runs, and 3 came in a decisive 4-run 1st inning.

Starter Tavender got the win for St. Catharines. He worked 5 innings, and allowed 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 5. Essery pitched 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, while striking out 2. Horner and DeBoer pitched an inning each, with Horner striking out 1, allowing a hit and a walk, and DeBoer pitching a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts. Starter Adam Sheerer went 6, and took the loss for Milton.

As mentioned the Metros got all the runs they would need in the 1st inning, as they combined 2 walks and 3 hits to score 4. Andrew Sorochan delivered an RBI single, before Jonathan Paul and Justin Czorny hit back-to-back doubles, with Paul driving in 1 run, and Czorny 2. Sorochan then added another RBI single in the 3rd, to round out the scoring. Tim Collins added a 4th-inning single.

The win moves St. Catharines' record to 7-3, and puts them 2 full games ahead of the 4-4 Red Sox in the Johnson Division standings. The Metros now get a week off, as they prepare for the Oshawa Invitational Tournament next weekend.

Churcher's 9th Inning Blast beats Grizzlies

June 3, 2009

Courtesy Grizzlies Website

It was another typical ninth line slugfest last night in Erindale, as the Cardinals got a clutch 2 out bomb from Chris Churcher to defeat the Grizzlies, final score 13-10.

The Cards put up 4 in the 3rd and another 4 in the 5th off starter Mike Grilli to jump out to a 8-3 lead. The Griz trailed 10- 3 but scored 5 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to tie things up at 10. Chris Spiros retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the 9th before beaning John DeWolfe, who promptly stole 2B. An intentional walk was issued to 2008 MVP Frank Coccia before Spiros tossed an avocado that was splattered all over highway 5 to give the Cards a 13-10 victory. Coccia had 3 hits as did Geoff Cullen (but only 1 home run) to pace the Cardinals. Mike Czerwieniek came out of a funk for the Grizzlies in a big way, going 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Corrie Morrison, Kevin Walsh and Brock Marshall had a pair of hits each.

Mike Grilli pitched 5 innings, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Justin Frosina made his first appearance on the mound for Glanbrook, tossing 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and Chris Spiros took the loss, throwing the last couple of innings, giving up 2 hits including the walkoff to Churcher. The Grizzlies now have a couple of days off before competing in the annual Tillsonburg tournament this weekend.

Oakville Scores Late To Beat Metros

June 1, 2009

Courtesy MetrosBaseball.ca

The Oakville A's scored 6 late runs to break open a close game, as they downed the visiting St. Catharines Metros 7-3 at Oakville Park, last night. The A's held a 1-0 lead, going into the bottom of the 7th, before striking for 3 runs. The Metros got one back in the 8th to make it 4-1, but Oakville got 3 more in the bottom of the 8th. The Metros got a pair in the 9th to round out the scoring.

The game featured two of the better pitchers in the COBA Major Baseball League, as Dustin Turner pitched for St. Catharines and Gord Robertson took the hill for Oakville. And both pitchers did their part, in keeping the game low-scoring until the later innings. Robertson picked up the win, going 7 2/3 innings, and allowing a run on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Turner took a tough loss, going 6 2/3, and allowing 4 runs on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 12. Eric Deboer pitched an inning of relief for the Metros, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs (all unearned), and struck out 2. Dan Estey finished up, allowing a walk and a hit.

The big hit for Oakville was a bases-clearing double by Kevin Lee in the 7th, that broke open the 1-0 game. Alex Kotulak had a double and 2 singles. For the Metros, Jonathan Paul doubled and added a pair of singles and an RBI to lead the way. Joe Roach tripled and singled, while Justin Czorny doubled and singled. Jono Marcheterre added 2 hits and an RBI.

With the win, the A's improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Metros drop to 6-3, and still lead the Johnson Division by 1 game over Milton. Speaking of the Red Sox, they will be supplying the opposition for the Metros' next game. That is scheduled for this Thursday night at Community Park. First pitch is 7:30.