Downpour Gets in Way of Victory
Stingers Baseball Gets Rained Out
Stormy weather got in the way of the Concordia Stingers baseball team’s victory plans Friday as they were in the midst of figuring out the John Abbott Islanders star pitcher Pat Lalonde.
“Of course I’m disappointed. We were pressing on the mounds, with a 5-1 lead” said Stingers head coach Howard Schwartz. “Considering you’re not giving up any of your earned runs, it’s a pretty good feeling. You’re going to win the game at that point.”
Despite the Stingers third inning blowout, this game began in John Abbott’s favour as they were able to shut down Concordia in the first inning. They then got to pitcher Alex Kechayan at the top of the second by loading the bases, eventually scoring a run. They even made some noise at the top of the third, when opening hitter Dustin White stole second base before being shut down by the Stingers.
This was the point when the momentum shifted in Concordia’s favour. It was almost as if the sudden rains were helping them, as every pitch thrown by Lalonde was met with a crack of the bat. “If that’s their best and we figured him out, I’ve got to tell you I’m confident going up against them again that we can be successful,” said Schwartz.
Unfortunately, the game had to be called off due to the rainy conditions. According to Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association rules, even if a partial game was played before a rain out is called, the game doesn’t count and has to be rescheduled. “We replay from the beginning, all the stats are washed,” said Schwartz.
The Stingers will get another crack at the Islanders on Tuesday when they host them at Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.