Four wins each for Alberta, Ontario as bantam, senior nationals open
By Ryan Morissette
The bantam and senior championships began Thursday leading to gold-medal games on Sunday. The bantam nationals will be played un Vaughan, while the seniors are battling in Prince George, B.C.
A recap of the complete games so far:
Bantam Boys Championship
Vaughan 12 Newfoundland and Labrador 1
The host team from Vaughan opened the floodgates with a seven run outburst in the third and fourth innings to sail past Newfoundland and Labrador in a mercy-shortened six inning game. First baseman Ryan Rijo (Barrie) led his team with two RBI, and starting pitcher Matthew Bondy (Windsor) picked up the win on the mound.
Alberta 8 Saskatchewan 1
Alberta took advantage of six Saskatchewan errors en route to the seven run victory. Austin Ely (Calgary) was an offensive force with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, and pitcher Kurtis Call (Calgary) pitched six effective innings for the win.
Manitoba 12 New Brunswick 6
Tied 6-6 heading into extra innings, Manitoba cranked up the offense by plating six runs in the top of the eighth inning to steal the victory over New Brunswick. Catcher Riley Pool (Oak Bluff) reached base a game high five times in the game and scored twice while also chipping in with two RBI. However, second baseman Christian Peters outdueled his teammate with three RBIs and three runs scored. New Brunswick’s Blake Gallagher (Waasis) had three hits for his club.
Ontario 4 Nova Scotia 1
Ontario scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tied and then held on for the 4-1 victory. Jake Medeiros (Oakville) led the way offensively with two RBI while Jade Salmon-Williams (Brampton) picked up the save with three strikeouts in his one inning of work.
PEI 4 Alberta 3
Brett Arsenault (Miscouche) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lift his team to the tight victory over Alberta. Offensively, Porter Smith (North River) stood out with three hits in three at bats while Alberta pitcher Austin Ely (Calgary) took the loss despite pitching the entire game striking out seven.
BC 13 Newfoundland and Labrador 3
Trailing 3-0 heading into the fourth inning, BC’s bats went to work by driving in a whopping 13 runs in the final three innings to roll over Newfoundland and Labrador. Thomas Espig (Vancouver) contributed in a big way with a home run and game high five RBI.
Vaughan 12 Saskatchewan 7
Vaughan scored at least one run in every inning and shut down Saskatchewan when they needed to leading to the victory. Centre fielder Demi Oromiloye (Orleans) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, which included two home runs, and racked up five RBI. Tyler Dobie (Toronto) picked up the win by going four innings and striking out nine batters. Kobe Walker (Lloydminster) had two hits and two RBI for his team.
Québec 16 New Brunswick 1
Québec needed only four innings to quickly dismantle New Brunswick in this mercy-shortened game. Cédryk Edmond (Montréal) had two hits and five RBI to settle the tone offensively while Sam Cameron (Fredericton, NB) chipped in with two hits for his squad.
Ontario 13 Manitoba 0
Ontario scored early and often to defeat Manitoba via the mercy rule. Austin Ferguson (Brampton) was a stud offensively with three hits, five RBI and three runs scored. Ontario pitchers combined to give up only one hit.
BC 14 PEI 4
BC’s bats once again came out swinging, this time to the tune of 14 runs, including ten of them in the fourth inning to defeat PEI. Six different players had at least one RBI while three players had at least three RBI. Pitcher Taylor Wright (North Vancouver) picked up the win over five solid innings and struck out six batters.
Senior Men’s Championship
New Brunswick 8 Manitoba 1
New Brunswick got on the board quickly with five first innings runs and never looked back en route to the victory over Manitoba. Derek Wilson (Fredericton), Andrew Burns (Mirimachi) and Nick Hardy (Mirimachi) all contributed with two RBI each, and Jean-Francois Lebeu (Petit-Rocher) threw all seven innings to pick up the win. Wilson also had a home run.
Alberta 10 Nova Scotia 3
Tied 2-2 after one inning of play, Alberta eventually pulled away with five runs in the fourth inning and went on to the win. Henry Duke drove in three runs to help his team to victory while Corey Christie (Sydney) had two RBI in his team’s defeat.
BC 5 Ontario (2) 3
BC used four fourth inning runs to defeat Ontario to open up their tournament on a winning note. Leadoff hitter Jason Cook (Prince George) went a perfect 4/4 at the plate while Sean Murphy (Victoria, BC) had a home run and three RBI. Calvin Clapdorp (London) stood out offensively for his team with two RBI of his own.
Prince George 2 Ontario (1) 0
Starter Jesse Peters (Surrey) went a full seven innings striking out seven to lead his team to the shutout victory over Ontario. Peters only allowed five baserunners all game and limited Ontario’s offense in a big way. Graig Merritt (Pitt Meadows) had a home run in the win.
Peewee Western Championship
Alberta (2) 7 Saskatchewan (1) 6
Extra innings was needed in what turned out to be a dramatic win for Alberta. The game was tied 3-3 heading into the ninth inning when Alberta scored four runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead. However, Saskatchewan kept their heads high and managed to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth until Logan Cameron (Stony Plain) registered the final out for the win.
BC 14 Manitoba (2) 4
BC used six runs in the first two innings to quickly get ahead of Manitoba, and then added a few more runs to eventually defeat Manitoba by a 14-4 score. Third baseman Rhys Cratty (Surrey) had a great day at the plate for his team as he had two hits, three RBI and three runs scored. Tanner Bercier (La Salle) had two RBI in his team’s losing effort.
Alberta (1) 11 Manitoba (1) 2
Alberta pumped out 11 runs in the final three innings to defeat Manitoba by a final of 11-2. Trailing 1-0 heading into the fifth inning, Alberta’s offense woke up to the tune of six runs to take a commanding five run lead. They never looked back. Eight Alberta players had at least one hit, and Kyler Charchun (Camrose) was one of those players. Charchun, who played three positions during the game, had two hits (including a home run) and four RBI.
Saskatoon 11 Saskatchewan (2) 8
Saskatoon scored 11 runs on 12 hits to defeat Saskatchewan 11-8. Offense was the them in this game as the teams combined for 22 hits and 19 runs. Brody Vogel (Saskatoon) showed off his power game for Saskatoon going 2/4 in the game with two home runs and six RBI, while Carter Kuchinka (Estevan) had two hits and two RBI in his team’s losing effort.
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