McMaster’s up and down baseball season drew to a close last week with a full slate of games.
On Tuesday night, the Maroon and Grey split a doubleheader at Queen’s, winning the first game 3-2 and getting doubled up in the second game, 10-5. The first game was a hitting clinic by Mac, with 12 hits including two-baggers by Travis Flint, Jake Chiaravalle, Colin Campbell and Travis Gibson. The Marauder offense was backed up by the solid pitching performance of Carlos Cabrero, who held the Golden Gaels to five hits and two runs, until Tomas Rincon came in to put the finishing touches on the “W.”
Wednesday, the Marauders would out hit the Guelph Gryphons, but still fall short 12-6.
Friday night brought two games against the Western Mustangs. McMaster would again get doubled up in the first game, despite Jake Chiaravalle’s third triple of the season. Carlos Cabrero brought the heat in the loss, striking out 5. In the second game, the Maroon would break loose for a satisfying 10-6 thumping, which included 14 hits. Paul Saville lead the way with 4 hits including a triple and a stolen base to boot, followed by Travis Gibson with 3 hits, a stolen base and two RBI.
McMaster closed the season out on Saturday with a 9-3 loss against the league champion Brock Badgers. Paul Saville would pick up a triple to make it back-to-back games with a 3-base hit.
When the dust settled on the season, McMaster amassed a record of 7-14, slotting them seventh out of eight teams in the league. Brock and Guelph finished at the top of the standings, while Queen’s came in at the bottom. The highlights of the season for the Marauders were a memorable defeat of last year’s champions the University of Toronto at the start of the season, their pioneering of the baseball program for childhood cancer research, and their dramatic, come from behind, extra-inning win over Waterloo. The team proved talented enough to play with the best in the league, and looks forward to contending for the playoffs next year.