Baseball hopes for playoffs, soccer fights for another season

A Huskies player slides home safe against the Seneca Sting. Photo courtesy of GBC Athletics.

A Huskies player slides home safe against the Seneca Sting. Photo: Thomas Chung/GBC Athletics.

Six losses and one win so far this season for the George Brown College (GBC) baseball team debuting this year as a varsity sport.

While most of the other sports trying out or in their pre-season at this moment, baseball is already off to their league games for this season

With five teams competing for four spots in the playoffs; St. Clair (7-1) Humber (5-3), Durham (3-2), GBC (1-6) and Seneca (0-4); The Huskies still have a chance to make it for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) tournament. GBC plays 16 games this season, with 10 more to go.

GBC baseball player Don Joncas said, “The team is coming along good; chemistry is starting to get there. It’s our first year, so we are working on everybody being able to have a positive attitude.”

“I am hoping we make it to the big tournament at the end of October. I think we can do it. We just got to stay above Seneca. Right now we are doing all right,” said Joncas.

The Huskies are banking on their remaining matches in order to qualify. Their next match, a must win, is scheduled for Sept. 26 against Seneca at Bond Park.

This year is the first that baseball has been introduced as a varsity sport at GBC.

Geoff Gordon, GBC’s baseball co-ordinator said, “It’s been long overdue. I want players to do well, network well, have fun and release stress.”

“Our goal this year is to compete in every game, work hard, and hopefully make the play-off tournament,” said Gordon.

With baseball fighting to avoid a strike out, the men and women’s soccer teams are also struggling to find their foot in league matches.

With five games, two wins and three loses, men’s soccer is in seventh position in the OCAA’s east division standings with eight other teams competing.

After a poor start losing to Centennial (3-0) and Fleming (1-0) in the two matches the Huskies came back strong, beating Cambrian (1-0) and La Cite (2-1) in the next two. Just as the team was looking good, they lost to Algonquin (2-0) in their last match.

After a terrific start to the season beating Centennial (4-0) in the first match, the women’s soccer team has slipped away losing the next four matches in a row. They got a thrashing by Algonquin (5-0) in the last match played on Saturday at Thunder Yards.

With three points in their bag, they are currently trailing at eighth position, out of ten, in the latest OCAA east division standings.

The women’s and men’s soccer teams’ next match is scheduled with Seneca on Sept. 26 at Ester Shiner Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Intramural floorball, indoor soccer and dodgeball begins at St. James on Sept. 23.

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Baseball hopes for playoffs, soccer fights for another season