Royals baseball team bow out of playoffs

October 15, 2014   ·   0 Comments

The Centre Dufferin District High School Royals baseball team finished the season with a 3-1 loss to the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute Gaels during playoff action at Princess of Wales Park in Orangeville on Tuesday, October 14.

Considering this is the first year that CDDHS has fielded a baseball team, the squad performed at an above average level ending the regular season with a 3-2-1 record and a third place finish in the seven team field.

Tuesday’s playoff game came down to just a couple of plays that tipped the score in favour of the Gaels to end Shelburne’s season.

With starting pitcher Josh Johnston on the mound for CDDHS, the game was scoreless in the first two innings.

A Guelph hit to centre field started the scoring when a Gaels runner made it to third base the crossed home plate on a play at second base.

Shelburne’s Steven Falls led the Royals batting in the bottom of the third with a single, but the side retired on an out a third base.

Guelph took a two run lead in the fifth inning on a sacrifice bunt that moved a man to second base. They capitalized on a hit to right field to score.

Michael Fuller led off for Shelburne in the fifth with a single then made it to second base on a Guelph error. With two men on base, it looked like the Royals were in scoring position, but the inning ended with a hard hit down the third base line that set the play in motion. A spectacular catch by the Gaels third baseman stopped the play and a throw back to first ended the inning.

Shelberne’s Jacob Hall scored the only Royals run after hitting a single then stealing second base. He turned on the after burners on a Guelph error and crossed home plate to put the Royals on the score sheet.

The game ended with a final Guelph run on a hit to centre field.

“We made some mistakes – plays we could probably make, plays we probably do make most of the time – but we played well,” Said coach Mark Greenfield. “I think we were very competitive. We didn’t know how we would fit into this league, but we were very competitive.”

Assistant coach Geoff Dunlop said the competition in the League turned into a tight battle for the season.

“Everyone else was very close. We were with them, we could have won today.”

Along with coach Dave Metz, the coaches put together a highly skilled squad with team members who have come up through the ranks in local baseball organizations.

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