Baseball Canada Cup: Canada Cup opens in Moncton

 Photo Credit: Tanya Everett

Photo Credit: Tanya Everett

August 8, 2018

Courtesy of Baseball Canada

Opening Day at the Baseball Canada Cup in Moncton saw all 10 squads in action with seven games played. Host New Brunswick gave the hometown crowd plenty to celebrate as they recorded two wins to take possession of first place in Pool B while Québec also recorded two wins to sit atop Pool A.

Action continues on Thursday with eight games on the schedule.

Standings

Pool A

QC 2-0
ON 1-1
BC 0-1
SK 0-1

Pool B

NB 2-0
NS 1-1
PE 1-0
AB 0-1
MB 0-1
NL 0-1

Québec 2, Ontario 0

Jason Begin’s two-out, two-run single in the sixth broke a scoreless tie and proved to be the difference as Québec blanked Ontario, 2-0. Québec received four scoreless innings on the mound from Antoine Jean who fanned three and recorded the win.

Nova Scotia 12, Newfoundland & Labrador 2

Nova Scotia recorded 12 hits and limited Newfoundland & Labrador to just two en route to a 12-2, mercy rule win. Nick Gravel led the charge with a 2-for-3 game at the plate that included a triple and two RBI while Ethan McLellan provided three scoreless innings on the mound including seven strikeouts.

PEI 7, Alberta 5

A four-run third inning paved the way for PEI as they held off a late charge from Alberta to open their tournament with a 7-5 victory. PEI received a pair of RBI from Josh Myers and relied on the pitching duo of Gabriel Penalver and Jack MacKenzie to come up wit the win. Michael Brisson had a double and drove in three runs for Alberta.

New Brunswick 6, Manitoba 3

All of the scoring in this one took place in the fourth inning as the hosts doubled-up on Manitoba, 6-3. The six-run fourth was highlighted by Ryan Scott’s two-run single in an inning that saw New Brunswick take advantage of five walks. Haden Dow picked up the win tossing four and two-thirds innings while Jordan Fortin came on in relief. Manitoba’s Tanner Boyle had two hits and an RBI in the loss.

Québec 7, BC 2

Québec moved to 2-0 scoring a 7-3 win over BC that saw Antony Gilbert drill a pair of doubles to drive in two while Cedric Degrandpre worked four and two-thirds innings on the mound to record the win. Dawson Clarke went 1-for-2 with an RBI for BC.

Ontario 7, Saskatchewan 3

Three home runs were hit in this contest that saw Ontario erase a 3-0 deficit to come away with a 7-3 win. Tyler McWillie gave Saskatchewan a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer in the fifth before Ontario received home runs from Austin Gomm and Ryan Leitch. Connor O’Halloran tossed three and two-thirds scoreless innings for Ontario that included five strikeouts before Jake Rogers came in to earn the win. Connor Sparks had six strikeouts over five one hit innings for Saskatchewan.

New Brunswick 7, Nova Scotia 3

Haden Dow went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead host New Brunswick to a 7-3 win over Nova Scotia to move to 2-0 on the day. Ryan Scott contributed a 2-for-5 game at the plate and drove in a pair for New Brunswick while Logan Sheasgreen also drove in two.

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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.