Ancaster’s late-charging Bishop Tonnos baseball Titans advance to final four

Community Oct 15, 2015 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

“That’s baseball.”

With those two words, a disappointed Cathedral Gaels coach Patricia Jordan summarized her high school team’s 8-7 loss to the late-charging Bishop Tonnos Titans in a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association playoff baseball game at Ancaster’s Matthew Krol Field Wednesday.

With the win, the Titans advance to the Final Four on Tuesday. The first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics and the second-place Cardinal Newman Cardinals, who earned first-round playoff byes, will also be semifinalists, along with the winner of the St. Mary Crusaders versus St. Thomas More Knights quarter-final.

“I thought we had them,” said Jordan, whose team led 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth of a contest scheduled for seven innings.

Tonnos, however, fought back with two runs each in the fifth and sixth before stunning Cathedral with a three-run outburst in the final frame.

“We got two outs in the seventh and they had nobody on base,” Jordan sighed.

In the seventh, Gaels relief pitcher Matthew Araujo struck out the first two batters and the situation looked bleak for the Titans. But veteran Kevin Guild kept the Tonnos hopes alive with a fly ball single to short right field. That was followed by back-to-back hit batsmen. Jacob Underwood followed with a bases-loaded walk before Matthew Grabstas belted a walk off two-run double to straight-away centre field.

A couple of times in the deciding inning, the Titans were down to their final strike.

“Relief pitching and defence kept us in it,” said Tonnos coach Bruce Underwood. “Then the bats came through at the end.”

Jacob Underwood, Ayden Hannan and David Wilson shared mound duties for the Titans.

Outfielder Grabstas, who plays elite club baseball for Mississauga North U-18, also stroked an RBI double to centre in the sixth inning. Said Grabstas: “My double in the previous inning led to it (his two-run game-winning hit). After one big hit, I usually continue hitting. I keep it going.”

Underwood chipped in at the plate with two singles and a double for the winners, while right fielder Tristan Osika contributed a pair of singles.

“That was probably the best game we’ve played all year,” the Titans coach said. “The boys did a great job.”

The HWCAA baseball championship is scheduled for Thursday.

Ancaster’s late-charging Bishop Tonnos baseball Titans advance to final four

Community Oct 15, 2015 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

“That’s baseball.”

With those two words, a disappointed Cathedral Gaels coach Patricia Jordan summarized her high school team’s 8-7 loss to the late-charging Bishop Tonnos Titans in a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association playoff baseball game at Ancaster’s Matthew Krol Field Wednesday.

With the win, the Titans advance to the Final Four on Tuesday. The first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics and the second-place Cardinal Newman Cardinals, who earned first-round playoff byes, will also be semifinalists, along with the winner of the St. Mary Crusaders versus St. Thomas More Knights quarter-final.

“I thought we had them,” said Jordan, whose team led 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth of a contest scheduled for seven innings.

“Relief pitching and defence kept us in it.”

Tonnos, however, fought back with two runs each in the fifth and sixth before stunning Cathedral with a three-run outburst in the final frame.

“We got two outs in the seventh and they had nobody on base,” Jordan sighed.

In the seventh, Gaels relief pitcher Matthew Araujo struck out the first two batters and the situation looked bleak for the Titans. But veteran Kevin Guild kept the Tonnos hopes alive with a fly ball single to short right field. That was followed by back-to-back hit batsmen. Jacob Underwood followed with a bases-loaded walk before Matthew Grabstas belted a walk off two-run double to straight-away centre field.

A couple of times in the deciding inning, the Titans were down to their final strike.

“Relief pitching and defence kept us in it,” said Tonnos coach Bruce Underwood. “Then the bats came through at the end.”

Jacob Underwood, Ayden Hannan and David Wilson shared mound duties for the Titans.

Outfielder Grabstas, who plays elite club baseball for Mississauga North U-18, also stroked an RBI double to centre in the sixth inning. Said Grabstas: “My double in the previous inning led to it (his two-run game-winning hit). After one big hit, I usually continue hitting. I keep it going.”

Underwood chipped in at the plate with two singles and a double for the winners, while right fielder Tristan Osika contributed a pair of singles.

“That was probably the best game we’ve played all year,” the Titans coach said. “The boys did a great job.”

The HWCAA baseball championship is scheduled for Thursday.

Ancaster’s late-charging Bishop Tonnos baseball Titans advance to final four

Community Oct 15, 2015 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

“That’s baseball.”

With those two words, a disappointed Cathedral Gaels coach Patricia Jordan summarized her high school team’s 8-7 loss to the late-charging Bishop Tonnos Titans in a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association playoff baseball game at Ancaster’s Matthew Krol Field Wednesday.

With the win, the Titans advance to the Final Four on Tuesday. The first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics and the second-place Cardinal Newman Cardinals, who earned first-round playoff byes, will also be semifinalists, along with the winner of the St. Mary Crusaders versus St. Thomas More Knights quarter-final.

“I thought we had them,” said Jordan, whose team led 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth of a contest scheduled for seven innings.

“Relief pitching and defence kept us in it.”

Tonnos, however, fought back with two runs each in the fifth and sixth before stunning Cathedral with a three-run outburst in the final frame.

“We got two outs in the seventh and they had nobody on base,” Jordan sighed.

In the seventh, Gaels relief pitcher Matthew Araujo struck out the first two batters and the situation looked bleak for the Titans. But veteran Kevin Guild kept the Tonnos hopes alive with a fly ball single to short right field. That was followed by back-to-back hit batsmen. Jacob Underwood followed with a bases-loaded walk before Matthew Grabstas belted a walk off two-run double to straight-away centre field.

A couple of times in the deciding inning, the Titans were down to their final strike.

“Relief pitching and defence kept us in it,” said Tonnos coach Bruce Underwood. “Then the bats came through at the end.”

Jacob Underwood, Ayden Hannan and David Wilson shared mound duties for the Titans.

Outfielder Grabstas, who plays elite club baseball for Mississauga North U-18, also stroked an RBI double to centre in the sixth inning. Said Grabstas: “My double in the previous inning led to it (his two-run game-winning hit). After one big hit, I usually continue hitting. I keep it going.”

Underwood chipped in at the plate with two singles and a double for the winners, while right fielder Tristan Osika contributed a pair of singles.

“That was probably the best game we’ve played all year,” the Titans coach said. “The boys did a great job.”

The HWCAA baseball championship is scheduled for Thursday.