Demchenko, Perkins pitch Prairies to T12 win

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
Zack Demchenko fired seven scoreless innings and struck out eight batters to lead his Prairies squad to a 1-0 victory over Québec and the Tournament 12 championship this morning at Rogers Centre.

Tournament 12, an event hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in collaboration with Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, features the top college-eligible Canadian baseball players from coast-to-coast over a five-day period at Rogers Centre.

With the win, the Prairies join Atlantic (2013) and Québec (2014) as champions in the three-year history of the annual event.

The Prairies pushed across the only run they would need with two out in the third inning when Brett Resch singled up the middle off Québec starter William Sierra that scored Dylan Flasch from second base.

After that, the Prairies rode the right arm of Demchenko who allowed only three base runners the rest of the way en route to victory.

From day one of the event, the Prairies were on a mission as they defeated Atlantic 8-1 and went 3-1 to win Group B before booking a spot in the championship contest with a 5-2 win over Ontario Green.

Prairies starter Carson Perkins tossed four innings to earn the win in the semis and went 2-0 in the tournament to pick up MVP honours. He threw out the first pitch at Rogers Centre prior to the match up between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox Friday night.

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.