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GEORGE BROWN BASEBALL SHOWS PROGRESS ON OPENING WEEKEND ROAD SWING

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London, ON – “Note to self,” says the George Brown College Huskies baseball team, “Fanshawe loves to bat in the second inning!”  The host Falcons belted the Huskies 11-1 in the first game of two on Sunday afternoon, breaking the game open with a two-out, five-run outburst in the second inning, and then escaped a bases-loaded jam with two out in the final inning of game two to seal the sweep by winning 13-9.   Fanshawe put up a six-spot in the second inning in the latter game. 

Both of the Huskies’ opponents on the weekend, Fanshawe and St. Clair College, opened up their seasons with perfect 4-0 records, while George Brown sits at 0-4 to begin their 20-game OCAA campaign.   The Huskies next dozen games will be four apiece against Seneca, Humber and Durham Colleges, and then they will host the Saints and Falcons twice each on the final weekend of the season.

“I really think we saw enough pieces of the puzzle this weekend to direct us to both addressing our areas most needing improvement, yet also feel encouraged about potential of this team,” said Huskies’ new head coach Tom Valcke.

“Our lofty goal over the next four weeks now has to be to win three-out-of-four games in each of our upcoming series with the other Toronto colleges, and hopefully in doing so, develop some better consistency, some confidence, and breed a culture of winning.”

With two out in the top of the first inning of game two, Tony Buonaiuto and Che Andrews stroked back-to-back singles and advanced on a wild pitch.  Robin Fox-Pappas ripped a double into the left field corner, scoring both to put George Brown ahead 2-0.

After Fanshawe grinded out a pair of runs to tie the score in the bottom of the frame, Kakeru Nakanishi and Stef Saccucci drilled singles to left to start the second.  Jake Benjamin and Nick Giancola were both walked with one out, giving Giancola an RBI, and Greg Hall ripped a shot off the out-stretched arm of the second baseman, plating a pair of runs to put the Huskies ahead 5-2. 

The pesky Falcons scored six runs on just four hits in the second, chasing starting pitcher Josh Bishop, which led to a chain of relievers, Fiife Adjei, Andrews and Fox-Pappas to close out the game.

Andrews’ fourth inning double to the centre field fence drove in Tony Buonaiuto, who had tripled to the right field corner.  The Huskies scored three on a Fox-Pappas double, then loaded the bases in the seventh stanza, but were unable to push across any more runs.

Buonaiuto led the offense with three hits and scored three times, while lead-off hitter Benjamin scored a pair, and Andrews and Fox-Pappas chipped in with two hits apiece.  Fox-Pappas reached base in all five plate appearances.

Game one’s lone run came in the fourth inning on Buonaiuto’s long triple, his second hit of the game, that plated Andrews.  Austin Fraser was George Brown’s starting pitcher, and gave way to Sharif Sahebzada and Ty Dowding.

The defensive play of the day was third baseman Greg Hall snaring a hot shot to his right, firing a bullet to second baseman Nakanishi, who relayed a dart to first baseman David DeCassan.

“One of baseball’s most repeated adages is that walks will kill you, and it was proven today for the millionth time,” added Valcke.

"But in fairness to our pitchers, we were running tryouts literally right up to our first game action, and now that the team has been selected and the season is underway, this will give AJ (pitching coach AJ Wideman) a chance to get to know them better individually and guide them to more productive outings as the season progresses.”

The Huskies host the Seneca College Sting this Saturday, September 16, in a 1:00pm doubleheader at Wishing Well Park.