Baseball Canada Cup: New Brunswick, Ontario clinch top spots

 Photo Credit: Tanya Everett

Photo Credit: Tanya Everett

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Host New Brunswick and Ontario will meet in Sunday’s first semi-final match-up after both squads clinched first place in their respective pools on Saturday at the Baseball Canada Cup in Moncton.

Meanwhile, BC will play in the other semi-final awaiting the winner of Québec and Nova Scotia who will square off in a quarterfinal contest on Sunday morning.

New Brunswick won their fourth consecutive game and earned top spot in Pool B receiving a complete-game shutout from Jordan Fortin to get by PEI, 3-0. Max Grant’s sac-fly in the third scored the only run New Brunswick would need who later added insurance markers on a Ryan Scott RBI double and Logan Sheasgreen run-scoring single.

Ontario improved to 4-1 and clinched top spot in Pool A with a 5-3 win over defending Canada Cup gold medalists Saskatchewan. Ontario overcame an early three-run deficit scoring five unanswered runs and rode the arms of Owen MacNeil who recorded the win and Jake Rogers who tossed three scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

Facing a must-win game against Ontario, BC scored seven times in the fifth en route an 8-5 win. Adam Maier and Madjik Mackenzie had two doubles apiece and combined for three RBI. Reid Dawson got the win working five innings with three strikeouts. Eric Martin gave Ontario four and two-thirds innings of work on the mound and drove in a pair.

Québec and Saskatchewan faced each other with a playoff spot on the line and it was Québec who ended Saskatchewan’s hopes with a 7-4 win. Viktor Bergeron struck out nine over five and two-thirds innings pitched while Cedric Degrandpre went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Tyler McWillie hit a three-run homer in the fifth that tied the score before Québec took the lead in the sixth.

After a loss in the morning, Nova Scotia moved to 3-2 thanks to a 4-2 win over Manitoba that was imperative to their cause in hopes of clinching second spot in Pool B and a quarterfinal berth. Layton Cuvilier went the distance and struck out three while Chris Ritchie had a hit and drove in a run.

In other Saturday games:

Gabriel Penalver knocked in four runs to lead PEI to an 11-2 win over Newfoundland & Labrador. 

Cohen Achen tossed five innings to earn the win while Ayden Makarus went 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and scored two runs as Alberta topped Nova Scotia, 7-5.

Adam Maier tossed six innings of two-hit ball and didn’t allow an earned run to lead BC to an 11-1, mercy rule win over Québec.  Brad Cox had three hits including a double and drove in four runs.

Brady Kobitowich turned in a tremendous effort on the mound going the distance in blanking previously unbeaten New Brunswick, 2-0. Kobitowich scattered three hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.

Jordan Lussier and Daegen Morcom drove in three runs each to lead Manitoba to a 12-2 win over Newfoundland & Labrador. Tyson Pringle went three and two-thirds scoreless innings on the mound in relief and had four strikeouts. 

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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.