Centennial College’s men’s baseball team is looking to build on the first official win in the program’s history when they take the field against Fanshawe and Humber this weekend.
The Colts split a doubleheader in their season opener on Sunday against George Brown, the school’s first games as a member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
“It was huge to win the first game, a lot of excitement and positive energy,” Colts pitcher Brett Honeysett told The Observer. “The second game was a little bit disappointing, felt like we could’ve won that one too. A few less mistakes and it would’ve been a better result.”
Since its inception in the 2019-2020 season, Centennial had only played exhibition games, joining the East Division in the OCAA for 2021.
The doubleheader against George Brown highlighted the offensive and defensive strengths of the team, game one being a pitcher’s duel, game two being a slugfest.
Like any other new team, the Colts believe that the team’s performance will improve as they play more games together.
“We beat ourselves a little bit, things we should be able to clean up over the season,” said Honeysett. “But overall, I think splitting the games puts us in a great spot to start the season.”
Both teams only had to use two pitchers for the first game of the seven-inning double header. The Colts’ Jack Middleton had a solid outing, allowing only two hits and one earned run, walking six batters.
The game was even at two until in the top of the seventh, Garrett Kratz doubled to break the tie, and deliver Centennial’s first win.
Second game was a different story, both teams scoring double digit runs, and the Huskies coming on top 12-10.
The Colts’ depth will be tested when they play two doubleheaders this weekend, the Fanshawe Falcons on Friday, and the two-time reigning OCAA champion Humber Hawks the following afternoon.
All games will take place at Neilson Park in Scarborough.