GATINEAU, Que. (ODB) — Eight hits were not enough. The Avnet Gargoyles were again stymied by decent pitching, en route to a doubleheader loss Wednesday night at tiny Parc Desjardins in Gatineau, Que.
“That wasn’t pretty,” said one Garg, following losses of 7-1 and 11-0 on a humid night that produced little for the Gargs to cheer about.“We really have to play better and start to hit the ball,” said the Garg, wiping from his lips the cold remnants of a frosty beer in the Gargs dugout after the club saw its record fall to 0-4.
What a difference a year makes. At this time last season, the Gargs sported a 3-1 record, en route to a 7-2 start in the OSCL B division. The club didn’t register its fourth loss until June 25 when it was walloped 22-4 by the Wings, which by happenstance, is the team the Gargs will face next, on Tuesday.
In the lid-lifter, Ollsons scored once in the first and three times in the second to take an early 4-0 lead on Todd Duckworth, and that was more than enough. Todd pitched extremely well, using a variety of pitches and locations, anchored by a fastball with excellent velocity.
“He deserved better,” said catcher Mark Brennae after the game. “We didn’t give him a lot of support. But you know, for his first game back, Todd looked excellent. It’s something we can build on.”
Todd (0-2), went the full seven innings, allowing 13 hits, several of which were balls that plopped into no-man’s land or dropped in due to a difficult sun field in left. (It’s not a bad diamond at all, but that sun is a killer to the left side of the infield and to left and left-centre fields).
The Gargs highlight for this game and for the evening was a diving catch in centre field by Bruce Turcotte who ran full-out and then with his body horizontal to the ground, reached forward to snag a liner destined to cash in at least one run. It was a marvelous play.
The only Men in Black run Wednesday night came on a sacrifice-fly RBI from Glen McGregor in the sixth, which cashed in Mathieu Gauthier who had doubled and taken third on an overthrow.
It was a similar story in the second game with the Gargs; hurler pitching much better than the statistics would indicate.
Making his second start for the Gargs, Kevin Emmerson (0-2), battled and looked impressive. But he fell victim to an early Ollsons rally capped off by one of those strange plays that happens once in a while. With the bases loaded, an Ollsons swinger nailed a pitch to deep right field. Rick went back, back, back and had the ball bounce off his glove and over the wall for a grand slam. It was that kind of evening for the Gargs.
Kevin came back to blank Ollsons in the second but they put up four runs in the third. The Gargs offence did no business after that, managing only two hits and snuffing out any comeback attempt.
Gargs Largs: A smallish contingent of Gargs showed up at the team’s clubhouse following the games, to lament an evening in which not a whole lot went right. Glen, Matthew Stephenson, Zach Schowalter and Mark performed their consumption duties with the usual flair and discussed the team’s lacklustre start. . . . Zach and Matt contemplated a change in the batting order to, as Zach said “spice up the offence.” The team’s pitching isn’t what’s hurting the club. Despite giving up 18 runs in 11 innings Wednesday night, both Todd and Kevin pitched well but didn’t get as much help as they need to from their defence. And they received SFA from their offence. “We scored one run in two games. Wouldn’t you make changes?” asked Zach. . . Glenn’s walk in the fourth inning of the second game was his first free pass since the 2006 season. Glen also had the misfortune of hitting into two double plays. The first came on a nifty 4-6-3 twin kill; the second on a hard liner to the mound which and a throw to nail the runner at first. In each instance, Matty was that runner. And in each case, he had no chance. . . . Eight hits in two games. “We were awful,” said an anymous Garg following the second game. . . . The Gargs will try to earn their first victory of the season when they visit the Wings on Tuesday (7 p.m. at Hampton Yards).
Matthew Stephenson 1-3
Glen McGregor 0-2, SF, RBI
Kevin Emmerson 0-2
Rick Devereux 1-1
Bruce Turcotte 0-2 BB
Théo Gauthier 2-3
Karl Bélanger 0-2, BB
Mark Brennae 1-3
Brian McGregor 0-3
Zach Schowalter 0-3
Mathieu Gauthier 1-2, 2B, run, BB
Ollsons 1300120 7 13 2
Gargs 0000010 1 6 3
Dude (W, 1-0) 7IP 1run (1earned) 6H 2BB 1K
Todd Duckworth (L, 0-2) 7IP 7run (6earned) 13 H 1BB 0K
Matthew Stephenson 0-1 BB
Glen McGregor 0-1 BB
Bruce Turcotte 0-2
Zach Schowalter 0-2
Théo Gauthier 0-2
Mark Brennae 1-2 2B
Karl Bélanger 0-1 BB
Brian McGregor 1-2
Rick Devereux 0-2
Mathieu Gauthier 0-1
Gargs 00000 0 2 1
Ollsons 5042x 11 8 1
Kevin Emmerson (L, 0-2) 4IP 11runs (10earned) 8H 7BB 1K
Dude2 (W, 1-0) 5IP 0runs 2H 3BB 2K
Att: 6 (and a very cute puppy dog).