Ontario gives BC the Royal treatment
* The Brampton Royals took the Baseball Canada bantam title in Vaughan led by the likes of Austin Ferguson, Nathan Arruda, Jade Salmon-Williams and Cole White. The roster included: Trevaun Smith, Josh Marson, Christian Hauck, Ryan Koivu, Nickolon Dudhnath, Brandon Garcia, Randall Winger, Jack Caswell, Conner Morro, Troy Daring, Darren Shred, Royce Ando, Sam Medeiros and Jake Medeiros. Coaching the team was Kyle MacKinnon, with assistants Rene Valade, Chris Caswell and Mike Jones ….
By Bob Elliott
They were dominant in every phase of the game.
The Brampton Royals won the bantam eliminations earlier this month, winning on a walk-off single. Then, representing Ontario at the Baseball Canada nationals, the Royals steamrolled their way to a Canadian title in Vaughan with banners flying in the breeze and outfield advertising signs, including the old Blue Jays logo.
Austin Ferguson hit three triples, knocking in four runs, as Ontario roared in front 11-0 after 21/2 innings on the way to an 11-3 win over British Columbia in the championship final on Sunday.
Nathan Arruda started for the Royals, working 42/3 innings and allowing two runs for the win.
Ferguson and Arruda were a winning formula for coach Kyle MacKinnon‘s team throughout the season. The Royals went 17-1 in Central Ontario play, won the annual Michael Kim tourney, won the eliminations and it continued during the nationals.
Feguson hit .591 (13-for-22) with two doubles, four triples, three homers and 15 RBIs to win the tourney and MVP honours. He also earned all-tourney honours and was named the top defensive player.
Arruda was 2-0, with a 1.45 ERA as he walked three and fanned 14 in 92/3 innings. Arruda was named to the all-tourney team and earned top defensive glove honours.
Troy Daring and Arruda each had two hits in the final, as Conner Morro knocked in two runs.
Trailing 2-0 in the seventh against Quebec in the semi-final, Ryan Koivu singled with one out and No. 9 hitter Morro was hit with a pitch. Jade Salmon-Williams followed with a two-run triple to tie the game and then scored the winning run on a single by Mississauga’s Royce Ando.
Jake Medeiros hit a two-run double in the sixth and Randall Winger had two hits in a 4-1 win over Nova Scotia in the opener of pool play.
Next, Ferguson had three hits knocking in five runs in a 13-0 romp over Manitoba. Salmon-Williams doubled twice, while Jake Medeiros tripled, singled and drove in two runs, Nickolon Dudhnath tripled and Sam Medeiros doubled,
Salmon-Williams doubled and tripled, while Ferguson knocked in three runs in a 13-8 win against New Brunswick.
Cole White pitched five scoreless, allowing two hits and fanning four, in a 13-0 round-robin win over Quebec. Ferguson homered and doubled, while Salmon-Williams doubled and tripled, knocking in two runs apiece.
For the host Vaughan Vikings, Barrie’s Ryan Rijo, 1-0, 2.80, with nine strikeouts in five innings, earned MVP honours. He also hit .267 with three triples and four RBIs. Vikings making the all-star team were Orleans outfielder Demi Orimoloye, who hit .471 (8-for-17) one double, one triple, three homers and nine RBIs, plus third baseman Matthew Bondy, who owned a .353 mark (6-for-17) with a double, two triples, one homer and five RBIs.
Québec won bronze with a 14-2 win over Manitoba. Jérémy Caron had three hits and three RBIs, while Manitoba’s Riley Poole won the top catcher award.
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