Local roundup: Wildcats win two while Saints split at OFSAA West Regional baseball

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The top-seeded Villanova Wildcats completed the first day of play in the OFSAA West Regional Baseball Tournament with a dramatic 3-2 walk-off win over Sudbury St. Charles on Wednesday.

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With the bases loaded and one out, first baseman Owen Findlay put down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score catcher Andrew Langlois to give Villanova a 2-0 record after the first day of play in the double-knockout tournament. The Wildcats knocked out eighth-seeded Mitchell with a 10-0 win to open tournament play.

St. Charles had taken a two-run lead in the first inning, but the Wildcats clawed back with a run in the third inning and another in the fifth inning setting the stage for Findlay’s winning sacrifice.

Right-hander Will Lewis picked up the pitching win with three innings off shutout relief of starter Trevor Mulder, who threw four innings.

The sixth-seeded St. Anne Saints split a pair of games. The Saints watched a four-run lead disappear in a 5-4 loss to No. 3 Burlington Nelson, but bounced back to beat Toronto St. Michael 3-1.

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Right-hander Jack Saputa pitched a complete-game for the win in the second game with Jack Fuerth hitting a pair of home runs.

DeMarco near leaders

The University of Windsor Lancers’ Thomas DeMarco sits tied for fifth place overall in the men’s division after the opening round of play on Wednesday at the Canadian University/College Golf Championships.

The defending OUA champion, DeMarco, who is from LaSalle, shot a two-under par 70 and sits three-shots off the lead after the first of four rounds in Bromont, Que.

The event, which is making a return for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features 18 teams on the men’s side and 12 teams on the women’s side.

Teammate Nicholas Tanovich shot even-par 72 for the Lancers, who sit 12th in the team standings. The Windsor women’s team is 11th in team competition after the first day.

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villanova duo medal

The Villanova Wildcats’ tandem of Alyssa Boschin and Alexa Tortola captured a silver medal in the open women’s doubles competition at the OFSAA tennis championships in Toronto on Wednesday.

Seeded second in the field, Boschin and Tortola dropped a tight 8-6 decision in the gold-medal final to the top-seeded duo of Elodie Dennison and Mia Stoula from Toronto.

Krzeminski earns title

Tecumseh’s Gibson Krzeminski and his Canisius University Golden Griffins have made the 64-team field for the 2022 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

A switch-hitting senior, Krzeminski had two hits and drove in two runs as the third-seeded Golden Griffins won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association title with a 9-5 win over Rider Broncs on Sunday.

Canisius opens tournament play against the University of Miami on Friday at 12 noon in Coral Gables, Fla. It is the first trip to the tournament for the Golden Griffins since 2018.

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