iCASE gets out of gate with pair of wins in triple-header

Ricardo Suarez - upper body shot

Mexican lefty Ricardo Suarez Morales

Stratford, ON – Meatloaf may have been the first to sing “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”, but the same theme was rampant at around Stratford’s National Stadium after the iCASE Huskies played their first, and second, AND THIRD, games in their history, all on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

The Huskies defeated the Ontario Nationals 5-2 in game one, lost the second game 5-1, and won the rubber match 5-1 to initiate the Fall Ball season of Ontario’s only student-focused, school based, baseball Academy.

The Avon Maitland District School Board has partnered with the International Canadian Academy of Sports Excellence, a college-prep program, in providing a quality education at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School that grants the student-athletes credits for their 11th and 12th grade baseball training courses toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Ricardo Suarez, who hails from Mexico City, wrapped up the first win in the history of the iCASE program, pitching the final three frames while allowing four hits while striking out five as the offense rallied for four runs in the sixth inning.  Trey Uniac had a pair of safeties for the Huskies, while Brody Higgs reached base in all three of his at bats.

Higgs and Uniac were the only players to record hits in game two, with Higgs stealing second following his fourth-inning lead-off single, reaching third on Ottawa’s Yanik Leroux’s grounder to the right side, and scoring on Kelton Frey’s ground out to second.

iCASE put together a four-run second inning in the final game of the triple-header and never looked back.  Thunder Bay’s Cameron McDougall drove home Higgs following a lead-off double, Leroux then doubled to the right field gap to plate McDougall.  Suarez pulled a deep fly to right that allowed Leroux to tag up and advance to third, and he scored when Colton Stewart grounded out to first.  Winning pitcher Parker Wombolt then doubled down the left field line and scored on Patrick Comfort’s single up the middle.  Calvin Price drove home Stewart in the fifth inning to complete the Huskie’s scoring.

“To finally see these players from various parts of Canada and abroad, take the field and play together for the first time, was indescribable,” said field manager/GM Tom Valcke.

“The fact that we won a pair was icing on the cake, as Fall baseball is more focused on development and trying to implement revised mechanics out of the batting tunnel or bullpen into actual game situations.  I’m very proud of the players and thankful to the AMDSB and New Era Cap for sharing our vision.  We can only go up from here.”

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