Pair of wins lifts Cairine Wilson Wildcats into second
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
then scored when Ryan Burnside tripled to increase the
Wildcats lead to 5-0.
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.
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.
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.
7:30 a.m., May 10)
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