Hometown Baseball a success as Badgers top Ontario Blue Jays

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

The Badgers played their first games in St. Catharines since August 31 this weekend, splitting a doubleheader against the Guelph Gryphons.

The first game saw the Badgers squeak out a 3-2 win in extra innings, thanks to a walk-off single off the bat of Ryan Bench. Ashton Feijo, who drew three walks in the game, scored the winning run. Connor Ambrogio threw four scoreless innings, while Andrew Raponi and Spencer Bak each pitched a pair of innings.

The Badgers took an ugly loss in game two, losing 10-0 in the five-inning game. The Gryphons scored five runs in both the second and fourth innings, and tallied eight hits in the win. They had some help as well, as the Badgers committed four errors in the field, a season high. Starter Tyler Stoltz managed just five outs, while the Gryphons pitching staff held Brock to a pair of hits.

Sunday afternoon marked a special event for the Brock baseball program, as they played host to the second annual Hometown Baseball game. The family friendly event saw the Badgers and the Ontario Blue Jays — an elite travel baseball program that recruits around the province — play an afternoon game in front of the faithful fans.

The first 100 kids all received a free Brock Badgers hat, and all kids were able to run the bases after the game while high-fiving the players. Boomer the Badger was also in attendance, and there were a number of face-painting stations and prizes. In terms of the actual game, the Badgers gave the fans something to cheer about early, scoring six runs in each of the first two innings. They would go on to defeat the Blue Jays 13-7, with the Blue Jays committing a ghastly seven errors.

Brandon Underhill struck out six batters in his three shutout innings and only surrendered one hit in his outing. Bryn Sandford recorded three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Tyler Giancos drove in three.

The Badgers play just four OUA games this season, all against Guelph. With most of the Badgers’ games coming against U.S. competition, the tougher schedule has led the Badgers to a record of 6-5.

The Badgers will head back out to New York state to play a doubleheader against Genesee College on Saturday, and a game against Canisius College on Sunday.

The Badgers will return home to play the Ontario Royals on Oct. 2, and the Fieldhouse Pirates on Oct. 5, both at George Taylor Field.

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