Laurier wins back-to-back OUA titles as Badgers fall short

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

After a tough regular season that saw the Badgers baseball program play the majority of their games against U.S. competition, the 2019 OUA tournament gave the Badgers their first real chance to play amongst their Ontario peers in Ajax. Brock played just two games against OUA teams (both against Guelph) all season long, due to rained out games and a U.S. heavy schedule. The Badgers entered the 14-team tournament with games against Guelph, Ryerson and Waterloo, but were ultimately not able to advance into the championship bracket, finishing the weekend with a 1-2 record. Their bats were stifled against the Gryphons, losing 3-0 to a Guelph team that gave up just five Badger hits. Jacob Underwood did pitch a complete game, but was outdone by the Gryphons’ Dylan Clark who threw 5.2 innings of shutout ball.

Brock would go on to lose yet another pitchers duel against the Rams 2-1, with each team managing just three hits. This was a game that was supposed to be played at 10:30 a.m., but due to a miserable rainy day, was postponed until 5:30 p.m. The game was shortened to five innings due to the delay.

The lone Badgers win came against Waterloo, beating the Warriors by a score of 6-4. The Badgers chased Waterloo starter Graham Forrester after just 0.2 innings, scoring four runs in the first inning.

Laurier and Windsor both received first round byes, while McMaster and Ryerson faced off in a wild card game, as did Carleton and Queen’s. Carleton continued their successful season and were able to make it all the way to the finals in their inaugural OUA season. The Ravens were ultimately unable to tackle the defending champion Golden Hawks, who made quick work of the Ravens defeating them 12-1 in the championship game to win their second straight OUA title. The Hawks were led by Ryley Davenport, who homered three times over the course of the weekend.

While the results were not quite what the Badgers hoped, the program saw plenty of roster turnaround from a season ago, most notably in their starting rotation. Connor Ambrogio cemented himself as the ace of the staff, while Ashton Feijo and Connor Humphrey led the Badgers offence. Head coach Marc LePage has a nice young core that he will be able to play in the near future; hopefully the Badgers can get back on top in 2020.

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