The Concordia Stingers baseball team continued their solid play, going 2-1 this week. The team defeated the John Abbott Islanders 12-6 on Sept. 14 and split their doubleheader on Sunday against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
The Stingers got a great pitching performance from Michael Pantin in game one but fell 4-2. Pantin coasted through the first four innings, not giving up a hit to the Gee-Gees. He started getting into trouble in the sixth inning. With one out, he gave up a single, walked two batters and then gave up a double that fell in the gap. The Stingers’ bats didn’t show up to this one, getting only five hits in the game, three of which were in a comeback attempt in the seventh inning.
In game two, Ottawa pitching couldn’t get it done against the Stinger bats. They woke up in a big way and pounded the baseball around for 12 runs in the 12-3 win. Chris Dyer pitched a solid game, giving up three runs in five innings and then gave way to Matt Chatterton who pitched two innings of no-hit baseball, with the only base-runner getting on base on a walk. Pantin was huge in this game as well, getting three hits and five RBI in the two games. Pantin now has 10 hits in 17 at bats, giving him an average of .588. Jamieson Boulanger also came up big for the Stingers, making two running catches on hard-to-get balls.
“We played really great baseball all day,” said Stingers head coach Howie Schwartz. “We got great pitching from [Michael Pantin] and a gutsy performance from Chris Dyer. Once we got our hitting shoes on for the second game, there was no way we were going to be swept because our pitching and defense was too strong.”
The Stingers play their next game Friday at John Abbott, and come back for a home doubleheader against Carleton starting at 1:00 at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park in Cote St-Luc.