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Varsity Baseball
Pair of wins lifts Cairine Wilson Wildcats into second place
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cairine Wilson Wildcats have put themselves back in the OFSAA baseball playoff picture after posting a pair of wins over the St. Matthew Tigers and the Hillcrest Hawks this week.

The Wildcats were searching for their first win heading into the week after tying the Glebe Gryphons and suffering a loss at the hands of the South Carleton Storm in Week 1.

With a short schedule consisting of just six games, the Wildcats couldn't afford to dig the hole they were in any deeper. That was the situation when they faced St. Matthew on Wednesday.

Unlike the Wildcats the Tigers won their first two games led by Demi Orimoloye, 16, who is widely regarded as one on the top young baseball prospects in the province.

Cairine Wilson was hoping to counter with Travis Bigelow who is Orimoloye's teammate on the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians U-18 team. Neither young man would factor into the game, however, as they both had to leave early to play with the Canadians.

The Wildcats didn't waste anytime getting on the scoreboard. After New Brunswick transplant Shiv Sardana and Bigelow both drew walks in the bottom of the first inning, Ryan Burtch brought them home with a two-out double to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.

The Wildcats would score another run in the bottom of the second after Derek Rivers got on base with a single. He then stole second and reached third on a pass ball before scoring when the St. Matt's pitcher was called for a balk while attempt to keep Sardana on first after he had drawn another walk with two out.

The Wildcats added to their lead in the third. Bigelow led off the inning with a single and was then brought home when Denis Cholet ripped a triple into rightfield.

Cholet then scored when Ryan Burnside tripled to increase the Wildcats lead to 5-0.

Sardana shut the Tigers down through the better part of four innings. He and Daniel Lacroix limited St. Matt's to just three runs on their way to a 5-3 win.

They followed that up with a 13-5 win over Hillcrest on Thursday to improve their record to 2-1-1, good enough for sole possession of second place one point up on the Tigers who began their week with a 5-2 loss to South Carleton which is hoping to improve their record to 4-0 when they face Glebe today.

The Wildcats' two remaining games are against the Tigers and Storm, while the Tigers will end their regular season schedule against the winless Gryphons next Friday. That means the winner next week's rematch between the Wildcats and the Tigers will finish in second place and get home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 10)


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