The Lambton Lions men’s baseball team dropped their first two games of the season on Saturday against the Seneca Sting in a double-header at Bishops Cross Park in Markham.
Seneca took the first game by a final score of 12-1 in five innings, and they followed that up with a 9-4 victory in the second game of the day to complete the two-game sweep.
“It was a steep learning curve,” said Lions Head Coach James Grant following the second game of the day. “We really had no idea what to expect, but the players are upbeat and are willing to put in the work.”
Grant followed that up with some praise for the Sting after Opening Day.
“Seneca has a great hitting ball club, and they executed their game plan well.”
In the first game of the double-header, the Lions gave Eric Steeves the ball to start their inaugural game on the mound. Steeves didn’t have his best stuff on the afternoon, and the Sting roughed him up for nine runs, five of which were earned, on 10 hits over four innings of work.
Seneca would end up winning the game 12-1 in five innings. The Lions managed just three hits in Game One while recording two errors on defense.
Lambton gave the ball to Paul Sheeler to start Game Two, but the result was more of the same for the Lions. Sheeler gave up six runs on five hits while issuing two walks over 1 2/3 innings of work. Jaye Taylor pitched the rest of the game for the Lions, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out four batters.
Seneca would complete the two-game sweep with a 9-4 decision.
The offense for the Lions woke up a bit in Game Two of the double-header. They recorded eight hits for the game, scoring four runs in the process. Third baseman Riley Brown opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, while designated hitter Brady Hogg hit the program’s first-ever home run in the third inning.
Shortstop Joey Stock went 3-for-4 for the game, while Jake Taylor recorded three walks.
While the offense started to find its groove in Game Two, it was the defense for the Lions that led to more opportunities for the Sting. As a team, Lambton recorded four errors on the game, resulting in two unearned runs for Seneca.
Now that the Lions have two games under their belts, they know what to expect as the rest of the season quickly approaches. The competition will only get tougher from here on out, but the Lions will look to build off their first two performances and continue to make positive strides as a program.
After Saturday’s games, it’s a quick turnaround for the Lions. Lambton will take on the Durham Lords on Sunday afternoon at Kinsmen Stadium.
First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.