Hurricanes reach semifinals

Intense few days at Canadian collegiate baseball nationals

TC Media newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on October 31, 2016
Colby Lyle pitched a two-hit shutout for the Holland Hurricanes against the University of New Brunswick in recent Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) action. The Hurricanes play in the Atlantic Conference.
Holland College Photo

It was an intense few days of baseball for Holland College as the Hurricanes challenged the top men’s teams from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association at the first-ever men’s baseball college national championship last week in Oshawa, Ont.

The ‘Canes ultimately fell 2-1 to the OCAA-champion St. Clair College Saints in the semifinals. St. Clair lost 2-1 in the final against Fanshawe College.

 

Semifinal

After a fifth-inning solo home run in Sunday’s semifinal by outfielder Josh McDonald gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 edge, the Saints rebounded with a single run in the sixth.

Both teams threatened, but neither could get the go-ahead run until the bottom of the seventh, when the Saints secured the walk-off win with a bases-loaded single.

Holland College finished 2-3 (won-lost) overall, with victories over John Abbott College (17-0) and Humber (2-0). Colby Lyle pitched the shutout versus Humber, and pushed the Hurricanes into the semifinal round.

Holland College’s other losses included a 4-1 setback to host Durham College, and a 2-1 loss in the round robin to Fanshawe.

 

Top batter

McDonald led the ‘Canes with a .429 batting average (6-of-15 from the plate) and had five RBIs in the five games. Shortstop Jay Oram drove in five runs and had a .357 average, while Dillon Doucette (.375) and Ryne MacIsaac (.286) each drove in three runs.

Catcher Jesse Holman, Oram and McDonald were named to the national all-tournament team.