Late two-run homer stings McGill, Concordia takes first game of CCBA conference final

Rob Sedin

COTE ST. LUC, QC — Despite a two-RBI performance from rookie third-baseman Robert Sedin, the top-seeded McGill Redmen dropped a 5–3 decision to third-seeded Concordia in extra innings in Game 1 of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association Northern Division best-of-three final ay Gary Carter Field in Trudeau Park, Saturday.

The Game 2 nightcap was suspended during the fourth inning due to darkness with Concordia leading 2-1. That contest will resume on Sunday at 12 noon, preceding Game 3, if necessary.

After Redmen shortstop Tyler Welence of Ridgewood, NJ doubled in the first inning, Sedin picked up a double of his own to bring in Welence and give McGill an early 1–0 lead.

But Concordia scored three runs in the third inning to pull ahead, before Welence hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to bring in Redmen designated hitter James Vardy of Montreal and pull McGill back within one. Later that inning, Sedin smacked an RBI-single to score outfielder Alexander Levis and tie the game 3–3. Levis was the only other McGill batter to record a hit.

Despite McGill’s rally, Concordia’s Anthony Marandola cranked a two-run homer in the ninth inning to pull out the victory for the Stingers. Marandola collected three RBIs on two hits for Concordia.

Redmen starting pitcher Ryan Kramer of New Vernon, N.J., allowed three earned runs off seven hits in just three innings of work. Landen Moore of Ottawa, came in to relieve Kramer and held Concordia scoreless through the next five innings but took the loss. He gave up just three hits and two earned over six total innings.

Concordia pitcher Brandon Berkovits worked three innings in relief for the win, allowing no McGill hits and no earned runs, striking out four batters in the process.