Kyle Drinnan, Sports Reporter

In a Battle of Baseball Birds, the Humber Hawks had a nine-game winning streak snapped last weekend by their nemesis Fanshawe Falcons. 

The Falcons were one of only two teams to defeat Humber in the first month of the season and with the 7-4 victory at Connorvale Park, they swept the season series.

The Hawks remain first in their division even after a 9-2 loss against the Durham Lords on Oct. 9, and are likely bound for the playoffs.

Outfielder Dennis Dei Baning watches a ball blow by him during a game against Fanshawe. The Fanshawe Falcons and Durham Lords are the only two teams to defeat the Hawks this season. (Kyle Drinnan)

The Hawks faced the Falcons with an unchanged game plan.

“It doesn’t matter who our opponent is, we will come in this game with the same mindset as we played other teams with,” said Hawks head coach Jeff Gibbs.

The message resonated with the players, whose intentions were to take no chances with Fanshawe. 

“They are a hard team to face,” said Hawks third baseman Ty Martin. “We can’t take them lightly.” 

The young and energetic Falcons got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first inning and adding another run in the third. 

Infielder Aidan Murphy sprints to third base. The Fanshawe Falcons swept the season series against Humber. (Kyle Drinnan)

The decisive blow came in the fourth inning when Fanshawe infielder Judd Walker hit a three-run homer to put the Falcons up 6-2. 

“This game is important for us,” said Fanshawe head coach Brian Harvey. “We were against a challenging team, the defending champions.” He said this was a great game to win and something the team could learn from.

The coach was feeling the energy from his bench as he was kicked out of the game after a huge argument with the umpire.

Harvey said the intensity on the Falcons’ bench and his clash with the umpire “probably helped. We have a young team, a lot of them are in their first year,” he said. “They need to control their emotions sometimes but today they channeled it where it counts.” It was Fanshawe’s seventh straight victory after a slow start to the season and it kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Hawks have three games left in the season and meet Seneca Sting in a doubleheader on Oct. 11 at Connorvale Park in the Horner and Kipling Avenues area of south Etobicoke.