ETOBICOKE, ON: Looking to start off the OCAA Championship on the right foot, Humber (15-5 2nd OCAA) takes on Durham College (13-7 3rd OCAA) to open up the 2017 championship. This season Humber split their season set with Durham in four highly entertaining matchups. Both squads are coming into the matchup rolling on all cylinders, with the Hawks sporting a 9-1 record in their last 10 games, whereas the Lords are 8-2 in their last 10.
The Match Up
Durham Lords at Humber Hawks
October 20th, 2017
Bert Lacasse Park, Tecumseh
Last time out vs Durham
In the previous meeting between these two teams, the Hawks were looking to bounce back after a game one loss to split the season series with Durham. Entrusted with getting Humber the season split was Dylan Perego. Perego was looking to improve on his previous performance against George Brown where he went four innings, allowing nine hits and two runs in the outing. In this outing Pereo would work quickly, scattering seven hits over his six innings of work and limiting the Lords offense to two runs, while picking up the no-decision. In the seventh, the Hawks passed the ball onto right-hander Matt Stoddart looking to lock down his second save of the season. Stoddart would strikeout the first batter he faced before a single by Lords shortstop Brian Wowk would net Durham the baserunner they were looking for. After a fielder's choice pushed Wowk to second base, slugger Logan Stewart stepped up to the dish and promptly doubled down the right field line, past first baseman Max Elofson to knot the game up at three. Stoddart would end up picking up the win in the bottom half of the seventh, his third of the season.
After putting up one run in game one, the Hawks bats needed a better effort in game two. The first four innings were quiet offensively as Humber could only accumulate one hit and three walks from Durham starter Logan Stewart. In the fifth and sixth innings Humber would plate three runs to take a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning. After Durham plated the tying run, it was up to the Hawks to put together a plan offensively to walk-off the Lords. Leadoff man Liam Sutherland would get the Hawks started in a hurry, lining a double that one hopped the 375ft sign in left centre. Andrew Thomson would single, to put runners at the corners for Humber's big bat Justin Marra to play hero and send the Hawks and their fans home happy. Marra would hit the ball back up the middle and plate Sutherland to ensure the Hawks 4-3 victory over the Lords.
- Durham comes into the matchup scoring 112 runs (5.6 per game) and allowing 88 runs (4.4 per game) in their games so far in the season.
- Durham averaged two runs per game and allowed just over four runs per game against Humber this season
- Notable players include: fourth-year UT – Logan Stewart (.357 AVG, 3 HR, 13 RBIs), first-year IF – Ryan Bothwell (.389 AVG, 1 HR, 17 RBIs), fourth-year P – Brodie Harkness (1.85 ERA, 34 IP, 3 CG), third-year OF – Alec Brown (.448 AVG, 3.00 ERA, 3 wins), first-year SS – Brian Wowk (.400 AVG, 10 SB, 17 runs)
- Humber has scored 125 (an average of 6.25 per game), and allowed 50 (an average of 2.50 per game) this season
- Steven Hough led the OCAA in innings pitched with 35, complete games (3), and finishing second in wins (4), and ERA 1.80
- Keegan Murphy led the OCAA in hitting with a 30 hits, 24 RBIs, while finishing fourth in average with a .411 mark.
After their matchup with the Lords, the Hawks will play either St. Clair or Fanshawe depending on the result of their matchup with Durham. A win sees Humber play at 6:30pm, a loss will see them play at 4:00pm
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