By Devin Jones
The Ryerson Rams baseball team was defeated 10-6 against the Waterloo Warriors Tuesday night at Howard Talbot Park.
Chris Georges went one for four with a home run with two RBI and starter Adam Lentz went seven innings of two-run baseball, as the Warriors defeated the Rams for the third consecutive time this season.
“The hitting was fantastic tonight,” said Ryerson head coach Ben Rich, whose Rams have lost five straight dating back to Sept. 26. “The guys have done a really good job all season of hitting well and they really continued it today.”
Rams starter Caleb King was dominant, pitching five scoreless innings in a no- decision performance.
The Rams (2-13) opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth catapulted by a nobody-out Nathan Shiwacharan RBI triple to plate Jason Te.
But after the fifth inning, King was taken out of the game for reliever Toby Kerr and the Warriors jumped all over him.
Waterloo (13-4) scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning with four of those going against Kerr, who walked all four batters he faced.
Third baseman Craig Van Ooteghem started the rally with a bases loaded hit by pitch to score home first baseman Michael Clouthier. The very next batter, catcher Kevin Martin, was also plunked, which scored a run.
Back-to-back run scoring singles from Scott Boegel and Jimmy McCullough gave Waterloo a 4-2 lead and then Kyle Thalheimer hit an RBI triple to cash in McCullough, still with none out.
Centrefielder Chris Georges eventually add a two-run homerun in the inning, giving the Warriors a comfortable seven run lead after five-and-a-half innings.
The Rams responded with a Thomas Bidzinski RBI triple in their bottom half of the inning. Jason Te, who went two for four with three runs, also chipped in with an RBI single in a three-run sixth inning, cutting the deficit to 9-5.
“I’ve been seeing the ball really well lately, just trying to do my best to help out the team,” said the Rams centrefielder.
With the game already out of reach, Warrior’s shortstop Nolan Pettipiece cashed in Kevin Martin with an RBI single in the seventh, extending their lead to 10-5.
The Rams added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Brendan Grimes RBI but by then it was all too little, too late.
However, assistant coach Dan Berlin was pleased with the way his team performed.
“What I was really impressed by, was the fact that the guys didn’t give up,” he said. “Outside of one inning, we outplayed them today. Ultimately I think we executed really well.”
The Rams play will start their final home stand of the year against the McMaster Marauders on Saturday at Bond Park.