The Concordia Stingers played two great baseball games last Saturday, sweeping the Carleton Ravens by scores of 12-0 and 6-0 in a doubleheader matchup at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park.
With the victories, the Stingers improved their record to 6-4 and are currently second place in the Northern Conference of the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association with five games remaining. They are only one and a half games behind the Ottawa Gee Gees and have a season-ending double header against the Gee Gees this week.
The Stingers beat the Ravens in a convincing way. They came out strong early on, with a seven-run first inning in game one that set the tone for the day. They also scored five more runs in the fifth inning to guarantee their victory, thanks to timely hitting and smart base running. With a 12- run lead after five innings, the game was officially over due to the mercy rule. The Stinger’s Michael Pantin (2-1, 1.65 ERA) was credited with the win while Carleton’s Justin Johnson (1-1) took the loss. Concordia had six hits and eight runners left on base.
In the second game, the Stingers again hammered the Ravens right from the start. Their lineup batted around, resulting in a huge five-run lead. A double by Alex Monfette and a passed ball error by the Carleton catcher put the Stingers ahead 3-0. Later in the first inning, Concordia’s Matthew Chatterton hit a 2-run homerun. He slammed the fastball delivered by the Ravens Leigh Lacroix (0-1, 3.89 ERA) well over the left-field fence 320 feet from home plate. Chatterton said after the game that he was happy to hit his first homer of the season. He has not played a lot this year but he took advantage of his opportunity. The Stingers were patient at the plate, drawing four walks in the same inning and adding a hit. Another run was scored by lead-off hitter Richard Kilgour in the second inning. That was the ball game. Stingers southpaw Chris Dyer (2-1, 2.93 ERA) pitched a tremendous game. He scattered two hits, gave no walks and did not allow a run in five innings of work. Left-handed reliever Jamie Rea came in and closed the game. In total, Concordia scored six runs on six hits with six runners left on base. The Ravens made five errors in the game.
Stingers coach Howie Schwarz said that he liked the way his team played. The team had a long meeting before batting practice, after a rough 10-1 loss to John Abbott Islanders on Friday night. He said it was very important that his players were committed to the team. He praised his pitching staff after the game saying that good pitching is crucial to winning any baseball game.
Every team in the conference has a good chance of making the playoffs, so the Stingers need to keep the focus on winning the rest of their games.
The Stingers have a very tight schedule this week to close out their regular season. They will face the John Abbott Islanders twice, including a game at John Abbott College on Friday.
They then play the McGill Redbirds in a double header starting at 6:00 p.m. at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park on Wednesday and the regular season-ending double-header on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. at Trudeau Park.