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Jake Benjamin (4) returns the ball to the mound on Saturday against St. Clair. Photo Credit: Michelle Hahn

Huskies baseball pulled out the pinstripes in celebration of Heritage Day on Saturday afternoon, but despite some solid individual performances dropped a pair to the St. Clair Saints.


After falling behind early in the opener, outfielder Robin Fox-Pappas stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth and launched one over the right field wall. Unfortunately for the Huskies that solo bomb would be their last run of the game, and the Saints closed it out 7-2.


“In all honesty, I don’t think that some of our guys were ready to play today,” said head coach Tom Valcke. “Against a team as good as them, we’re the underdog even when we’re at 100%, and I don’t think that was the case for a few of us. Going forward we are going to look to take a more straight-laced approach.”


John Lamanna toed the rubber in the opener, and after a tough start settled in nicely, going five and a third innings. Austin Fraser was solid in relief, going one and two-thirds innings and giving up a lone run.


In game two, seven Saints scored in the top of the first inning and the Huskies never recovered. The final score read 11-0 after five innings.


“This year has been a lot of baseball 101 for us, and the level of personal responsibility is definitely going to be upped going into next season,” added Valcke. “We have plenty of talent on this team, and it’s just a matter of us all pulling in the right direction. At the end of the day, winning is the thing that best breeds chemistry, and we need to do more of it.”


The Huskies close the season tomorrow against the Fanshawe Falcons at Christie Pits. Game one is scheduled to get underway at 12pm, game two at 2pm. 


Click  here to watch the game live or follow @GBC_Huskies on twitter for updates throughout. 


Click here for the full 2017 men’s baseball schedule.