Baseball Canada Championships: Day 1 wraps up with close scores nationwide

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

August 17, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA -- It’s the time of year everyone has been waiting for. National championship season is upon us, with the nation’s best on display at tournaments around the country.

Action began on Thursday. Take a look at results, standings, and more below.

18U Championship

London plays host to the 18U championship, where the Badgers opened up the tournament as the hosts on a good note. London (ON2) bested Sasktachewan 2-1 on their home field of Labatt Park in one of the tournament’s opening morning games.

Tyler D’Alessandro had both London RBI in the victory. Both scored on a triple by D’Alessandro in the bottom of the sixth, giving London a response after Saskatchewan notched the first run of the game in the top half of that inning.

In the first game of the tournament, Newfoundland and Labrador walked off Nova Scotia on a play off the bat of Joel Abbott in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Diego Lopez and giving his team a 6-5 win in the opening game of their championship.

Scores

Nova Scotia 5, Newfoundland and Labrador 6

New Brunswick 2, Quebec 3

Prince Edward Island 6, Manitoba 2

Saskatchewan 1, London (Host) 2

Alberta 10, British Columbia 1

13U Western Championship

Both Abbotsford (BC) and Camros (AB1) began their tournaments with wins by convincing scores. Camrose beat North Winnipeg (MB1) 15-1, while Abbotsford handed Regina their first loss of the tournament 16-3.

Elsewhere, the hosts from Parkland had a good start to the championship, posting a nail-biting game in the win column by beating Carillon 6-4.

Scores

St. Albert (AB2) 3, Sask Five (SK2) 9

Camrose (AB1) 15, North Winnipeg (MB1) 1

Parkland (Host) 6, Carillon (MB2) 4

Regina (SK1) 3, Abbotsford (BC) 16

16U Girls Championship

Ontario kicked off the tournament with a 6-4 win over Nova Scotia, in a tight contest to open up the lone girls championship of the weekend. Miya Waldron came in clutch for the Ontarians, registering three RBI to kick off the tournament. That would be the difference.

The second game in Vaughan led to a much higher scoring finish. Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador scored a combined 32 runs, with Prince Edward Island taking their tournament opener 22-10.

Scores

Ontario 6, Nova Scotia 4

Prince Edward Island 22, Newfoundland and Labrador 10

Manitoba 18, Saskatchewan 6

Quebec 5, British Columbia 2

21U Championship

The hosts from Quebec opened things up with a good day, downing St. Thomas (ON2) 11-1 in the opening game of the tournament at Parc Sanscartier in Gatineau. A wide array of scoring led to the victory. Francis Desilets, Mathieu Sirois, Joey Toupin with three RBI each, in a game that welcomed Quebec to the 21U championship as a contender.

Quebec would later play against Saskatchewan, defeating them 7-2. It was a much more balanced offensive effort from Quebec this time around, with Anthony Quirion as the only player to notch two RBI in the game.

Elsewhere in the tournament, PEI put up an impressive 22 runs in their victory over Nova Scotia to open the tournament at RCGT Park in Ottawa. Windsor (ON1) also made their presence felt with a convincing victory over Manitoba, 13-0.

Scores

St. Thomas (ON2)  1, Québec11

Nova Scotia4, Saskatchewan3

Manitoba0, Windsor (ON1)  13

Newfoundland and Labrador3, New Brunswick8

Saskatchewan2, Québec7

Prince Edward Island22, Nova Scotia4

Tournament links

18U Championship

13U Western Championship

16U Girls Championship 

21U Championship

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.