It wasn’t the start the Ravens were hoping for this past weekend at Kinsmen Park in Kanata. The defending CCBA champions McGill University Redmen took both ends 4-1 and 14-2 despite the fact that there were some good indicators from Carleton along the way.
Were it not for three costly errors the story could have been quite different in Game 1. McGill starter Henry Dennis had a strong outing, scattering only two hits over five innings but Sam Groleau hit an RBI double that was made worse by a key Carleton error helping the Redmen take the opener.
A solid start by McGinnis was wasted by the Ravens. He went 4 innings, surrendering 4 hits and allowed only 2 earned runs (another two were unearned). McGinnis didn’t get much defensive support and the Ravens’ bats behind him were uncharacteristically silent.
Rookie pitcher Alex Lajeunesse was impressive in relief logging 3 innings with no runs, no walks and 4 Ks. His outing bodes well for Carleton’s pitching staff as Lajeuness will add considerably to the Raven’s roster.
Game 2 started to get out of reach early and head coach Robidoux took the opportunity to try out some of his new talent. McGill starter Rocky Hroch proved too much to handle as the Ravens managed only 2 hits.
Fielding mistakes hurt the Ravens once again in game 2, this time Carleton logged an incredible 6 errors which all but sabotaged their chances.
The Ravens will have to shake off their early season rust as they get set to play their cross-town rivals, the Ottawa Gee Gees this Friday night (7PM) at RCGT Stadium.