3 wins for BC Ontario at Srs, bantams, 4 Sask. wins at western peewees
* Lucas Soper (Vancouver) had three hits and three RBIs, falling a home run short of hitting for the cycle in a 9-0 win over Alberta in Vaughan at the bantam nationals ….
By Ryan Morissette
The standing for both the Senior Men and Western Peewee tournaments are starting to become clearer with the medal closely approaching. The medal round for the Peewee tournament is set as Saturday’s schedule will see semi-final action. The Men’s tournament is little less clear with a few more games to be played before the medal round begins.
Ontario (1) 2 Nova Scotia 1
It was a pitchers duel throughout the game as the score remained 0-0 heading into the seventh inning. Nova Scotia scored one run in the top half of the inning but were unable to hold onto it as Ontario scored two in the bottom half to steal away the win. Tyler Plumpton (Peterborough) drove in the winning run to give Ontario the victory. John Picco (South Woodslee) picked up the win on the mound, throwing all seven innings.
New Brunswick 5 Ontario (2) 2
Derek Wilson (Fredericton) hit a three run walkoff homerun to cap of an amazing comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Down 2-0 heading into the inning, New Brunswick scored all five runs to run away with the win. Jake Waugh (Fredericton) kept his team in it throughout the game and it paid off in the end as he earned the win pitching a complete game.
Manitoba 7 BC 2
Manitoba broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the third innings to move ahead and eventually defeat BC. Rory Tycoles (Reston) and Drew Haight (Cartwright) had two RBI each to lead the offense while Greg Hockin (Neepawa) picked up the complete game victory.
Alberta 3 Prince George 2
Alberta scored the eventual game winning run in the sixth inning, and starter Jordy Alexander (Calgary) shut the door the rest of the way as Albert hung on to defeat the host Prince George team by a score of 3-2. Prince George starter Mitch Hodge pitched very well in the loss, striking out 10 batters of six innings.
Bantam Boys Tournament
BC 9 Alberta 0
Three BC pitchers combined for the shutout and struck out 11 Alberta players in the process en route to the win. Lucas Soper (Vancouver) had three hits and three RBI in the game, and fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Alberta’s Peter Hutzal (Calgary) had two hits in a losing cause.
Ontario 13 New Brunswick 8
Ontario built a nine run lead early and managed to hold off a New Brunswick comeback to get the win. The top of the lineup for Ontario provided most of the offense, combining for five hits, six RBI and six runs scored. Jade Salmon-Williams was the leadoff hitter, and he scored three runs while hitting a double and triple.
Manitoba 6 Nova Scotia 2
Manitoba trailed for most the first half of the game, but came along during the second half with a four run fifth inning. They got some help as Nova Scotia committed some errors that allowed Manitoba to take the lead. Riley Poole (Oak Bluff) had two hits and two runs in the victory. Mitchell Lyall (Brandon) pitched all seven innings and picked up the win.
Vaughan 14 PEI 4
Vaughan scored seven runs in the seventh inning to pull away from PEI and pick up the win. Demi Orimoloye (Orleans) was 2-for-2 in the game and finished with three RBI while Colin Robinson (Windsor) was a perfect 4-for-4. Jordan D. Williams (Vaughan) hit a two run home run.
BC 14 Saskatchewan 0
BC picked up their second shutout victory of the day by demolishing Saskatchewan to the tune of 14-0 over five innings. Len Nakatsuka (Nanaimo) was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored while starting pitcher Jordan Dray (Surrey) didn’t give up a hit in his five innings of work.
Peewee Western Championships
Saskatchewan (1) 10 Manitoba (2) 0
Eight different Saskatchewan players scored runs in what turned out to be 10-0 victory. The game was close up until the fourth inning when Saskatchewan plated eight runs to take a commanding 9-0 lead. They would score one more run an inning later to win via the mercy rule. Jayden Lorenz (Regina) was brilliant on the mound in his five innings of work as he didn’t give up a run and struck out 11 Manitoba hitters.
Alberta (2) 14 BC 4
Alberta handed BC their fist loss of the tournament with a convincing 14-4 victory in five innings of play. Austin Dorochuk (Stony Plain), Matt Senkoe-Gough (Spruce Grove) and Zach Olson (Red Deer) combined for 12 RBIs to lead Alberta to the victory. Olson also flashed his power game by hitting two home runs. Pitcher Connor McKinnon (Fort McMurray) was efficient in pitching all five innings to pick up the win. BC’s Tanner Carmont (Surrey) drove in two runs in a losing cause.
Saskatoon 7 Manitoba (1) 3
Already leading the game, Saskatoon scored three insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning to build a comfortable lead and then shut Manitoba down the rest of the way to earn the victory. Roman Timmerman (Saskatoon) had two RBI to lead his team’s offense while Manitoba’s Trey Fortin (Winnipeg) went 3-for-4 in the defeat.
Saskatchewan (2) 8 Alberta (1) 7
Saskatchewan trailed 3-0 after the first inning but managed to build a comeback throughout the game to hold on to the tight 8-7 victory. Kobe Mohr (Lloydminster) showed off his power in the game with a three run home run while Alberta’s Nathan Selinger (Sherwood Park) also hit one over the fence in the loss.
BC 13 Saskatchewan (1) 2
BC increased their lead in every inning leading to a 13-2 victory in a mercy-shortened game. BC capitalized on some questionable Saskatchewan defense, and Wesley Moore (Surrey) led the way offensively with three RBI. Rhys Cratty (Surrey) also hit a home run and finished the game with two RBI.
Alberta (2) 11 Manitoba (2) 1
Alberta built a 6-0 lead after two innings and kept increasing that lead as the game went on and eventually settled for the victory via the mercy rule. Matt Senkoe-Gough (Spruce Grove) scored three times in the game and also had two RBI.
Alberta (1) 9 Saskatoon 7
Alberta broke a 7-7 tie with two go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Clayton Keyes (Calgary) closed things out the rest of the way as Alberta picked up the victory. Keyes was also great at the plate, reaching base three time in his four plate appearances. Brody Vogel (Saskatoon) had two hits for Saskatoon, including a home run.
Saskatchewan (2) 13 Manitoba (1) 3
Saskatchewan had two separate five run innings which catapulted them to the victory over Manitoba via the mercy rule. Garrett Krawchuk (Saskatoon) was an offensive force in the game with a home run and five RBI while winning pitcher Carter Kuchinka (Estevan) struck out ten batters over four and one-third innings.