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Holland College uses eight-run fifth inning to defeat Huskies and force Game 3

The Holland College Hurricanes were nine outs away from being eliminated from the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Atlantic Conference playoffs Monday.

The Hurricanes dropped the opening game of the best-of-three semifinal to the Saint Mary’s Huskies 1-0 Monday afternoon. Trailing the Huskies 5-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth in the second game, the Hurricanes took off.

When the dust settled, the Hurricanes had plated eight runs and never looked back en route to tying the series with an 11-5 victory.

Game 3 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary’s.

“There was no sense of panic. It was just a matter of time before our guys started to string a few hits together,” head coach Andrew MacNevin said.

Grant Grady started the rally with a leadoff double off a hanging curveball from Aaron Fraser. Logan Gallant drove Grady in with a single and Colby Lyle followed with a bunt single.

When Kyle Donahoe’s sacrifice bunt got past the pitcher and the third baseman was at his base, the sacks were loaded.

Curtis McGregor walked on a full-count pitch to tie the game. After a fielder’s choice, Dominique Ryan was hit by a pitch to give the Hurricanes the lead.

J.J. Oram blew the game open with a three-run double.

“One through nine, and even guys on the bench, we can all hit,” Grady said. “We all feed off one another, one guy gets a hit, the next guy’s getting one.”

Grady and Lyle both had two hits in the fifth inning as the Hurricanes sent 13 batters to the plate.

“It’s a good feeling to have that confidence going up to the plate, knowing that if you get on, the next guy’s getting a hit,” said Grady, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the game.

Taylor Larkin had a triple, two singles and scored three times while Lyle had three singles and drove in two as part of the Hurricanes’ 14-hit attack.

Brodie Koughan allowed a run on three hits in two innings of relief for the win. Starter Brady Arsenault allowed four runs on six hits in four innings of work. Colin Arsenault finished the game without allowing a run after giving up a single and a walk to start the seventh.

Fraser took the loss, giving up six runs in four innings.

Alex Ostrov, Jordan Forbes and Evan Williams all had two hits for the Huskies.

Ostrov struck out six to win the opener. Spencer Horne took the loss despite allowing only three singles. Grady, Donahoe and Larkin each had hits for Holland College.

MacNevin said his team didn’t execute in Game 1’s pitcher’s duel, but he was pleased with how they responded.

“It’s a character win,” he said. “We’ll learn from this.”

Colby Lyle is the expected starter for Wednesday with Ronnie Dickson, Glenn Harvie and Dylan McQuaid available in relief.

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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