Day 4: Manitoba, Ontario, BC, Quebec advance
* Manitoba lead-off hitter Luke Horanski (Cooks Creek) had four hits and four RBIs in a 19-10 win over New Brunswick and contributed in a 6-4 win against Newfoundland ….
By Ryan Morrissette
Rain caused four games from Friday to be carried over into Saturday at the Canada Cup, which made for lots of baseball.
Leading after four innings heading into Saturday, Manitoba made sure to hold onto that lead by scoring seven runs in the final two innings to defeat New Brunswick 19-10.
Manitoba 19 New Brunswick 10
Manitoba scored at least one run in every inning but one and recorded a tournament=high 20 hit en route to victory. Every player in the Manitoba lineup had at least one hit, including four from leadoff hitter Luke Horanski (Cooks Creek). He also had four RBIs. Nick Leggatt (Loggieville) had three hits and two RBIs for New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia 8 Newfoundland and Labrador 2
Two big innings was all Nova Scotia needed to close the door on a victory over Newfoundland and Labrador. A three-run first inning and five-run fifth inning was all that was needed. Greg Herritt (Halifax) and Judson Wiseman (West Gore) provided most of the offense for Nova Scotia combining for four hits and five RBIs.
Ontario 6 Québec 5
Ontario rallied for five late runs, including three in their last at-bat, to defeat Québec 6-5. With two out and runners on first and third, Zachary Lampreia (Toronto) hit a single to drive in the winning run. Raphaël Gladu (Trois-Rivières) went a perfect 3-for 3 at the plate for Québec.
Alberta 13 BC 9
Alberta started the game plating five runs in the first and never looked back to claim the win over BC. Five Alberta players each scored two runs and Logan McDonald (Spruce Grove) closed the game with one and one-third shutout innings. BC’s Griffin Andreychuk (Nanaimo) registered four hits, including a home run.
In the other action originally scheduled for Saturday …
PEI 4 Nova Scotia 2
A two-run sixth inning was the only blemish for starter JP Stevenson (Bedeque) as he went the distance in a 4-2 triumph over Nova Scotia. Right fielder Willem Slauenwhite (Cornwall) was the catalyst offensively, leading the way with four hits and two runs scored. Designated hitter Luke Muise (Yarmouth) drove in both Nova Scotia runs.
Saskatchewan 6 New Brunswick 4
Saskatchewan’s five runs through the first two innings were enough to hold on and defeat New Brunswick by a two run margin. Jager Toffan’s (Regina) three hits and two RBI ignited a Saskatchewan offense that also saw leadoff hitter Nolan Benesh (Regina) score three runs. Corey Kavanagh (Fredericton) drove in two runs for his club.
Ontario 3 BC 2
A three-run third inning spearheaded Ontario to collect the victory over BC. Pitcher Blake Weston (Oakville) threw three shutout innings in relief to earn the save, while BC starting pitcher Clark Grisbrook (North Vancouver) took the loss despite going the distance and giving up no earned runs.
Manitoba 6 Newfoundland and Labrador 4
Manitoba was able to capitalize on some breaks given to them to defeat Newfoundland and Labrador by a score of 6-4. Luke Horanski (Cooks Creek) and Derek Millar (Oak Bluff) each scored two runs for Manitoba while Newfoundland’s Travis Taylor (Corner Brook) had two hits and a run scored. Wet field conditions made have played a factor in the nine errors committed in this game.
Québec 6 Alberta 4
Tied heading into the sixth inning, Québec scored two runs on a Raphaël Gladu (Trois-Rivières) two-run single to take the lead and ultimately win the game 6-4. Relief pitcher Tristan Legault (Mascouche,) earned the win while pitching three and 2/3 innings of hitles.
BC 16 Nova Scotia 1 (Four innings)
In the first elimination game of the Canada Cup, BC showed that they are no slouch by hammering Nova Scotia 16-1. The game lasted just four innings because of the mercy rule. Each player in the BC lineup scored at least one run, including three from Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC). Cleanup hitter Dawson Yates (Kelowna, BC) led the offensive attack while Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC) and Daniel Koo (Abbotsford, BC) pitched two innings each.
Semi-final 1 – Ontario vs. Manitoba, 10 am, Labatt Park
Semi-final 2 – Québec vs. BC, 1 pm, Labatt Park
Bronze Medal Game – 4:30pm, Labatt Park
Gold Medal Game – 7:30pm, Labatt Park
Note: Saturday night’s quarter-final game between British Columbia and Nova Scotia is scheduled to begin at 9 pm should there be no rain delay. You can follow the game LIVE on Pointstreak. For the latest standings and schedule, please follow the Baseball Canada Cup.