MBASE | Hurricanes sweep Huskies and Axemen to open season
September 10, 2018
The Holland Hurricanes men’s baseball program opened their 2018 Atlantic Division schedule this weekend with a two-game sweep of the Saint Mary’s University Huskies Saturday afternoon in Charlottetown, before travelling to Wolfville, NS to take two wins from the Acadia Axemen.
The Hurricanes, who have 14 PEI-born players on their 24-man roster, took Saturday’s game one 10-4 and fought off a Huskies surge to claim the second contest, 7-6. Both games were played at Memorial Field at Victoria Park in Charottetown.
On Sunday, in Wolfville, NS, the Hurricanes used a nine-run sixth inning to give them the 14-4 win over the Axemen, before scoring three insurance runs in the seventh to give them the 10-5 win in game two.
Head coach Andrew MacNevin was thrilled with the outcome of the team’s fifth opening weekend in team history.
“It was a great atmosphere for opening weekend and we are certainly pleased with the results. As a group we’re looking forward to our progression as we approach the national championship in October,” noted MacNevin.
The Hurricanes, 4-0 on the season, are back in action on Sunday, September 16 when they visit the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, for a pair of games.
Saturday, Game 1 | Hurricanes 10 vs Huskies 4 | Memorial Field, Charlottetown, PEI
Following opening ceremony festivities, Hurricanes right-hander Ryan Abraham worked around three Huskies hits and a hit batter to limit the damage to one run in the first inning. Abraham, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, didn’t allow another hit in his four innings of work as he picked up his first win of the season.
Parker Gallant relieved Abraham in the fifth and allowed three runs over three innings of work.
At the plate, Josh McDonald paced the offense with a 2-for-3 effort, including a two-run triple in the Hurricanes’ six-run third inning. Jay Oram (2-5, 3B, 2 RBI) and Jake Lonar (2-4, 2B, R) also supported the home side.
Cody Pick (0-1) took the loss for the Huskies.
Saturday, Game 2 | Hurricanes 7 vs Huskies 6 | Memorial Field, Charlottetown, PEI
The Huskies plated four runs in the top of the seventh and stranded the bases loaded as the Hurricanes salvaged a 7-6 win in the second game at Memorial Field.
Tyler Johnston scattered four Saint Mary’s hits over six dominant innings of two-run ball (one earned) to collect his first win of the season. The Cardigan, PEI native picked up five strikeouts along the way, and walked just one Huskies batter.
Andrew Tingley was roughed up for all four seventh-inning Saint Mary’s runs in his first appearance of the season. Brett Brittany recorded the last two outs to pick up his first save of the campaign.
The Hurricanes scored six runs in their third inning for the second consecutive game, and added the eventual winning run in the sixth. Luke Robison (2-4) and Jay Oram (2-4, RBI, R) paced a balanced offense to complete the two-game sweep.
Sunday, Game 1 | Hurricanes 14 at Axemen 4 | Wolfville, NS
A 5-4 Hurricanes lead quickly turned into a 14-4 win after a nine-run sixth inning for Holland College. It was a relatively strong outing for the Axemen otherwise, as they led the game into the third inning.
Hurricanes starting pitcher, Chandler Laporte, went five innings to earn the win, allowing four runs, walking two and striking out five. Allan Saunders entered the game in the sixth to pitch the game’s final inning for the ‘Canes.
Wes Harding, starter for the Axemen, was the losing pitcher in the game, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing ten hits and six earned runs.
Top Hurricanes batters were Jay Oram (3-5, 3 RBI), Brett Brittney (3-4, 1 RBI), Jake Lonar (2-3) and Matt Barlow (2-3, 1 RBI).
Sunday, Game 2 | Hurricanes 10 at Axemen 5 | Wolfville, NS
Entering the seventh inning with a 7-5 lead, the Hurricanes scored three insurance runs to give Holland College the 10-5 win.
Charles MacLellan was the Hurricanes starting pitcher, going four innings, allowing a hit and two earned runs while striking out six.
Noah Stewart, credited with the win, pitched an inning while Tanner Banks contributed two from the bullpen.
The losing pitcher was Adam Ferguson from the Axemen.
Oram (3-4), Josh McDonald (2-4, 1 RBI) and Luke Robison (2-4) were the top Hurricanes banners in the win.
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