TORONTO, ON: The Humber Hawks men's baseball team responded with five runs late to overcome an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the George Brown Huskies by a score of 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits Field. With the win, Humber improves its record to a league best 13-5 and clinched their second consecutive OCAA regular season crown.
Humber "Hawks" 5 vs George Brown "Huskies" 3
The Huskies got their offense started quickly in the first when Anthony Buonaiuto singled to score Brandon Neiva and Mitchell Triolo. A couple of batters later, Christian Bachoumis bounced one through to score Buonaiuto.
The Hawks were unable to answer the Huskies quick start until the top of the sixth inning. Liam Sutherland hit a sacrifice fly to score Stephen Narhabecki. Narhabecki had singled and moved to second on an error from the left fielder, and finally landed on third by way of a wild pitch.
The next batter, Dennis Dei Baning hit a two run home-run over the right field fence to tie up the game. Shortly after, Ty Martin singled to score a Sam Lebel double, helping Humber to the lead for the first time. The next batter, Aidan Murphy, hit a double into center field to score Martin to push the Hawks ahead 5-3.
Humber relief pitcher Cam Hibbs was excellent, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits with 6 strike outs, earning himself his first career win as a Hawk. Riley Pollard came into the game in the seventh to close out the game by way of a sweet double play by Lebel, Gonsalves and Bisser.
- Riley Pollard continues to shine in the save column recording his 6th career save
- Dennis Dei Baning hit his second homerun of the year, fourth in his career
- Liam Sutherland and Ty Martin both finish the regular season with batting averages over .400
- Matt Stoddart, Jeff Siemms, Steve Hough, Liam Sutherland, and Hunter Bisser played their last regular season game as a Humber Hawk
The Humber Hawks will begin the OCAA playoffs this Friday at Kinsmen Stadium in Oshawa. Humber will be the number one seeded team in the tournament. Their game time and opponent has yet to be determined, as there are a few rainouts that will be played Tuesday evening.