League play wrapped up yesterday, following week 4 game action Friday to Sunday.
First focusing in the West…Friday, McMaster stole the 2nd game of their series from Laurier ending Laurier’s quest for an undefeated regular season. The win was huge for McMaster as at the time it moved them to 6-6 on the season putting them two games up on Waterloo with only 4 games for each to play. Saturday, Waterloo swept the series with McMaster meaning both teams were 6-8 heading into Sunday where Waterloo played Brock, and McMaster played Ottawa. Brock dominated Waterloo… passing Laurier for 1st place overall in the process. Brock ended the season with a 15-1 record. The two losses vs Brock hurt Waterloo, as a big-time comeback by McMaster in their 2nd game vs Ottawa pushed them forward and into the final playoff position.
The Eastern Division really went down to the final day, final game, and final outs in some cases. Ryerson swept their games vs York Sunday to finish 10-6. Queen’s did the same against a very capable Toronto squad, meaning Queen’s also finished 10-6. We believe that based on league tie-breakers Queen’s will be credited with winning the Eastern division, and Ryerson will place 2nd. Ottawa earned two wins over neighbor Carleton on Friday to push the record to 8-6, and their split vs McMaster Sunday has the Gee-Gee’s finishing at 9-7 good enough for 3rd place. Toronto finished 8-8 but that record was certainly enough to claim the first of the two wild-card playoff positions. A great month of softball in the Eastern division, with so many teams competing hard for the top spots in that division.
Seneca and Mohawk had the heavier schedule on the weekend as both made their annual trip south to battle Fanshawe and St Clair. Mohawk, who managed to steal a game from Conestoga earlier in the week on the road, wasn’t able to win any vs the Falcons or Saints, and the same fate befell the Seneca Sting as well. The four wins were big for both St Clair and Fanshawe as the schools are both in the midst of a tight race for the first four playoff spots in the OCAA. Humber had the weekend off… the only other series this weekend was in Kitchener, where Durham held on for a win in game one, before blowing out the Condors in game two.
Here is the new UTM College/University Top 10:
1. Brock 15-1 (+1, OIWFA)
2. Laurier 14-1 (-1, OIWFA)
3. Humber 12-2 (n/c, OCAA)
4. Western 12-3 (n/c, OIWFA)
5. St Clair 14-6 (n/c, OCAA)
6. Durham 11-5 (n/c, OCAA)
7. Queen’s 10-6 (+1, OIWFA)
8. Conestoga 8-8 (-1, OCAA)
9. Fanshawe 10-8 (+1, OCAA)
10. McMaster 7-9 (+4, OIWFA)
We will preview the OIWFA championship weekend later this week...
*photo credit Mackenzie Gerry*