The baseball Marauders split a twin-bill with the Guelph Gryphons on Sunday (Sept. 23), taking the opener, 6-4, but losing the second game, 5-3.
McMaster got off to a quick start in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning. Paul Saville (Dundas) started the offence with a single to left field. Andrew Cochran (Hamilton) then reached after being hit by a pitch. Rookie Jake Chiaravalle (Hamilton) wasted little time in plating both runners with a triple up the middle. Chiaravalle came home on a single by Cameron Ryerson (Mississauga).
Guelph evened the score with a trio of runs in the top of the fourth.
The Marauders regained the lead at the bottom of the inning when Sean McConnell (Oakville) scored. He had drawn a walk and scored on Keith Woodcock’s (Etobicoke) hit.
Again the Gryphons tied the contest with a run in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, McConnell reached on a safety to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Travis Gibson (Cobourg). Brandon Da Silva (Cambridge) singled, sending Gibson to third. After Da Silva stole second, Travis Flint (Hamilton) was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Cole Lewis (Mississauga) also took one for the team, forcing in Gibson. Cochran drove in the Marauders final run.
Carlos Cabrero was credited with the win after Tomas Rincon (Oakville) came in for the save and the final three outs of the game. Cabrero (Burlington) held Guelph to five hits and had four strike outs.
In the second game, Guelph went ahead 2-1 after the first inning with Ryan Thompson (Caledon) getting two RBI on a single. McMaster’s run came from Flint, thanks to an RBI from Chiaravalle.
McMaster tied the score in the second inning when Da Silva connected for a homerun. Guelph regained the lead on a sacrifice fly.
Guelph would add two more runs with the Marauders replying with a single in the fifth inning with Chiaravalle getting the RBI.
The Marauders (3-7) are back in action on Saturday (Sept. 29) with a doubleheader with the Waterloo Warriors (5-4).