Toronto’s Alexander “Oggie” Augimeri steals third during a game at the Hall of Fame’s Cement Field.
By Dan Rankin
“I love coming here,” said proud father Mohamad Hassani, setting up a shot with his video camera along the fence near first base at the Hall of Fame’s Cement Field Tuesday morning. “You’ve got a very beautiful town here.” He was getting ready to film his son Austin, who was coming out to pitch for the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in the sixth inning of an exhibition game versus the 18U Ontario Terriers. A freshman from Aurora, Hassani pitched a scoreless inning, receiving a little help from his teammates in the infield when they turned a double play, erasing an earlier single.
Adam McBride, a pitcher for Laurier, fields a dribbling ground ball and makes a successful throw to first base in the top of the third against the 18U Ontario Terriers.
Laurier right-handed pitcher Evan Cruickshank winds up during an exhibition game versus U of T Tuesday afternoon.
Laurier went on to win 16-2 in what the Terriers coaching staff dubbed “their annual lashing.”
That was just one of three exhibition games played on the Cement Field Tuesday, between the Terriers of the Premier Baseball League of Ontario, and Ontario University Athletics squads from Laurier and the University of Toronto.
U of T also handily topped the younger Terriers 11-1, but played to a seven-inning 3-3 tie versus Laurier.
“I love it,” said U of T head coach Jim Sheppard, echoing Hassani when asked what he thinks of the Hall’s diamond complex. “I think we’ll be coming back here again next fall for the Ontario Nationals. Sheppard said his team was still tuning up for the fall season, and he was still figuring out who would be in his nine-man starting lineup. The Varsity Blues will play the Golden Hawks twice more in the upcoming season, in a double header in Toronto on Sept. 13, and then in another exhibition game in Waterloo Sept. 16. “It’s always a battle, like this today, and we enjoy it,” he said.