By Ned Bekavac
It’s not the kind of hit most baseball players hope to get.
There was the Guelph Gryphons baseball team last Wednesday, chilling on their bus, heading to St. Catharines to take on the Brock Badgers.
And then – boom.
“I’ve never been in a car crash before, it was pretty startling,” said local Gryphons player Aaron Loder, the next day.
There was a bunch of hurry-up-and-slow-down type of traffic on the QEW that day, says Loder.
The Guelph CVI grad was seated solo near the front of the bus. He was listening to some tunes, lounging comfortably across the seat, when the bus had to slam the brakes due to stopped traffic in front of it.
Loder looked up and braced himself – just in case.
The bus stopped in time. The players thought they were in the clear. And then it happened. They got hit by a transport truck.
“We got smoked from behind,” Loder said.
The accident saw six Gryphons get taken to hospital. All were deemed O.K., and released.
“It was good to see the guys were alright,” said Loder.
The next day, Loder had a sore neck, and a goose egg on his head. His head had bounced off a window after the collision.
The team is tight, Loder says, and it didn’t take them long to make some light of the incident.
After all, it could have been worse.
One of the Gryphons coaches even sent out a poem – yes, a poem – joking about what happened.
“We got a few good laughs from it,” Loder said.
The scheduled game against Brock was postponed.
Guelph’s scheduled double header versus Waterloo this past Saturday was postponed due to rain.
On Sunday, Guelph beat Queen’s twice, 11-3 and 13-3.