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Oakridge Earns Sunday Split vs Western Counties League
Submitted By Oakridge Senior on Friday, June 21, 2013
Oakridge travelled towards the St Clair river on Sunday June 16 for a day of exhibition games against Port Lambton and Corunna.

On what turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Reds made their first stop in Port Lambton, to take on the Pirates at newly renovated Vandamme Park. This years "B" OBA hosts had already played once on the day, earning a 3-2 win over the London Area Angels. This one would also be a close, low scoring affair, as Sasha Gerster went six strong innings despite taking the loss.

After giving up a two run home run in the first inning, Gerster settled in and delivered a great outing that kept Oakridge in the game until the very end. He finished with 5 Strikeouts, and scattered 5 hits, while adding two hits of his own, one of which that kept the game alive with two outs in the last inning. On the offensive side, Oakridge couldn't get much going other than a run in the 2nd scored by Greg Jordan. In the 7th and final inning, the Reds managed a 2 out rally, but left the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position, losing on a close play to end the game and the eventual 2-1 loss.

For the second matchup of the day, the team travelled downriver into Courtright, which features one of the premier diamonds in the province. An experienced Corunna team was waiting for them, after losing to the TVSBL's Mitchell Astros earlier in the day. Eric Rathbone would get the start in this one, and outside of a shaky first inning, cruised to a relatively easy 70 pitch, 7 inning win. Though he didn't record a strikeout, Rathbone retired 9 in a row at one point, and 17 of 19 hitters through the middle of the game. On the offensive side, the Reds were lead by Shawn Riley who had two hits, and also scored the eventual winning run. Matt Bunoza also added two hits and two runs scored, to go with an RBI.

In the one day "mini" tournament, each of the three Thames Valley Senior League teams went 1-1, earning the overall split with the Western Counties Senior League.

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