Saints Atop Baseball, Softball Standings

Rookie LHP Evan Ferguson staked St Clair to a 17-1 victory over the Seneca Sting during a road trip to the GTA on 15-16 September 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Rookie LHP Evan Ferguson staked St Clair to a 17-1 victory over the Seneca Sting during a road trip to the GTA on 15-16 September 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Saints travelled to Toronto this past weekend for a pair of double-headers against the Seneca Sting and George Brown Huskies. Four wins later, St Clair finds themselves atop the OCAA standings with a 6-2 record.

On Saturday, the Saints were led by the pitching of Micah Harris in a 12-2 thrashing of the Sting at Bishop’s Cross Park, to open the away double-header. Harris scattered 2 runs, one earned, over 6 innings of work, while striking out 8 for the win.

Brendan Renaud earned top honours at the plate as he spanked 2-for3, scoring 2 runs, and batting in three. The Saints had the green light on the base paths as they chalked up 6 steals against Seneca’s battery, including 3 by Miguel Cienfuegos.

In the second game, rookie Evan Ferguson was credited with the win when St Clair dominated the Sting 17-1 in a mercy-shortened 6-inning contest. Ferguson allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits and struck out five. However, he showed some control issues by walking 8 batters.

Cienfuegos added a fourth stolen base to his Saturday total as he went 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI in 5 at bats. Five other batters each stroked 2 RBIs apiece.

Skipper Dave Cooper was able to find time for the bench as he made eight lineup changes throughout the game.

At the famous Christie Pits on Sunday, the Saints piled on the runs in a 13-0 shellacking of the Huskies in game 1. Veteran starting pitcher Taylor Pappin faced 22 batters and struck out 9 while distributing 4 hits over 5 innings for his first win of the season.

Cienfuegos and Kyle Gagnon each had a home run.

St Clair closed out the weekend with a 4-2 win before getting on the bus for the return trip home. Michael Beale took the mound in the final game, spreading out 7 hits over 5 innings and Roberto Duncan hit a late dinger for insurance.

The Saints resume their league schedule Saturday at the Humber Hawks in Etobicoke followed by two games at the Durham Lords in Oshawa on Sunday. In their previous meeting with both the Hawks and Lords, St Clair split double headers at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh.

Seneca and George Brown will visit St Clair the weekend of September 29 and 30. The first pitch in both series goes at 1pm.

Saints Fastpitch

The 2019 OCAA home opener this past weekend for St Clair saw the Saints put six games down range and emerge with a perfect 6-0 record. The sextet of wins improved the Saints record to 10-2 and moved the team into sole possession of 1st place, 2 games in front of Humber.

Friday, St Clair dispatched the Mohawk Mountaineers 2-0 in the opener and then 11-1 in the nightcap. Sara Stiller threw a complete game 3-hitter and struck out 6 in game 1 while Olivia Elliott and Rya Cowan combined for 4 strike outs in the mercy-shortened replay.

The Conestoga Condors provided the opposition on Saturday as St Clair extended their winning streak to 4 games. The Saints prevailed 11-1 as Elliott completed 4 innings striking out 3 and Hannah DesRosiers cleaned up in relief.

Alexandra Senft had a big game at the plate going 3-for3 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs. Jessica Hebert matched Senft’s RBI total.

Conestoga made of a game of the second match, but St Clair put another 11 runs on the board while giving up just 7. Stiller again earned the win on the mound though she was dinged for all 7 runs, 4 earned, on 9 hits. Elliott got the save as the Saints put 5 runs over the plate in the bottom half of the 6th inning to come from behind.

St Clair took both games from the 3rd place Durham Lords on Sunday.

The first game was a close run affair as the Saints doubled up their opponents 2-1. The Saints strung out 6 hits as Senft and Megan Lumley each batted in Jordan Taylor, who scored both of St Clair’s runs. Elliott recorded a 7-inning complete game, striking out two.

The final game of the weekend was a high scoring battle. Stiller staked St Clair to a 5-4 lead, leaving the game after 5 innings. Elliott was then again called upon to close out the final 2 innings, giving up just 1 run to preserve the win for Stiller with the final score 8-5.

The women are at home next weekend for doubleheaders Saturday versus the Seneca Sting and the Humber Hawks on Sunday. Game times are 12noon and 2pm each day at Mic Mac Park.

Lancers Fastpitch

The Blue and Gold completed week 2 of their OIWFA season by dropping two games to the Toronto Varsity Blues at Turtle Club Park. The losses dropped Windsor’s record to 3-3 on the year and 5th place in the standings.

The Lancers managed just 3 runs in each of the games against Toronto while the Blues put 9 and 5, respectively.

This Friday, the Lancers will host Guelph for a pair of games under the lights at Mic Mac Park with game 1 going off at 7pm. On Saturday, the girls are back at Turtle Club when they play host to Laurier at 2pm and 4pm. Waterloo will provide the opposition on Sunday with a game 1 start at 11am, again at Turtle Club, in LaSalle.

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