BMOC Wk XV: Jakupovski, Martin, Patterson, Pilat, Swift

 Former North Shore Twin and Langley Blaze grad Brandon Marklund (North Vancouver, BC), pitched the Bryan Lions to the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season championship.

Former North Shore Twin and Langley Blaze grad Brandon Marklund (North Vancouver, BC), pitched the Bryan Lions to the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season championship.

Big Man On Campus Week XV


By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network

Week 15 of the BMOC features Canadians who led their teams to the top of the standings. It also saw plenty of impressive games from players who continue to push for a championship. A few players picked up recognition for their strong play. Below is a summary of what happened last week in college baseball.

Marklund, Meeburg, Scott take Bryan to the top to finish regular season

No. 10 Bryan College captured the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season championship last week behind a trio of Canadians. Senior Brandon Marklund (North Vancouver, BC), junior Kurt Meeberg (Edmonton, Alta.) and sophomore Tyler Scott (Calgary, Alta.) were all on the Lions roster that were crowned the best in the conference after the regular season. The title came down to the final regular season game against Reinhart University after the teams split the first two games of a doubleheader and were even at 20-6 record. Marklund delivered a complete game, seven inning performance to seal the win. He scattered five hits and three earned run with four walks, while striking out six. To make the win even more special he did it on senior day. Bryan finished the season 38-13 and 21-6 in conference play. It is the first ever regular season title in program history. Next up is the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament which is set to begin May 2nd.

Swift named Co-Player of the Year

Austen Swift (Toronto, Ont.) was honoured as Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year and an All-Conference selection. Swift is hitting .379 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs as William Jessup is in conference tournament action. He also owns a .502 on-base percentage and a .695 slugging percentage for the Warriors.


Thorp named NSAA Pitcher of the Week, Patterson backs with bat

Dylan Thorp (North Vancouver) BC worked a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and striking out three in Bellevue’s 12-9 loss to Midland University. He then delivered a win in Game 3 of a series with Waldorf, tossing six innings of one-run baseball. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck twelve. For his two stellar performances he was named North Star Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week. Bellevue will open conference tournament play against City Valley State.

J.T. Patterson (Calgary, Alta.) brought the offence for the Bruins in support of Thorp and the rest of the staff. In a 13-7 win over Peru State he had a hit and a walk. The next game, the 12-9 loss to Midland, he walked twice. In Game 1 of the Waldorf series he swatted a two-run home run and waled twice in the 5-2 win. He had a hit and two RBIs in a 4-2 Game 2 loss before going 5-for-5 with a home run and four runs scored in a convincing 13-3 Game 3 victory. Bellevue won Game 4 and Patterson contributed a hit.

 Former Ontario Blue Jay Dante Jakupovski (Mississauga, Ont.) helped the Triton Trojans to a Region IV title this week. 

Former Ontario Blue Jay Dante Jakupovski (Mississauga, Ont.) helped the Triton Trojans to a Region IV title this week. 

Jakupovski, Triton win Region IV

Triton College claimed their second straight Region IV title last week. Dante Jakupovski (Mississauga, Ont.) pounded out seven hits on the week. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in a 9-4 Game 1 win over the College of DuPage. Triton now advances to the NJCAA Northern District Tournament hosted by Wabash Valley. Their opening round opponent will be Lincoln Trail College on May 19th.

Cottam named SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky’s Kole Cottam (Knoxville, Tenn.) had such a good week the Southeastern Conference named his their Player of the Week. Cottam had two hits and two walks in a midweek tilt with Morehead State before a strong series against Missouri. In Game 1, a 2-1 Wildcat win, he went 2-for-4. The following game, a 14-11 loss, he had a hit and a walk. His best game of the week came in an 11-10 Game 3 win as he went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk. He drove in five total to help seal the SEC series win.

Hilderbrandt has a day, DiLuca delivers

Matt Hilderbrandt (Bowmanville, Ont.) had four hits as he doubled, triples, homered and drove in three for as Cuyahoga scored a 12-8 win over the Ashland University JV’s. He finished the week with seven hits and drove in seven.

Lucas DiLuca (Windsor, Ont.) had 10 hits, one of which was a home run. He walked twice, drove in eight runs and stole a pair of bases.

 Team Ontario grad Jake Forgrave (Toronto, Ont.) earned a complete game win against Point Park.

Team Ontario grad Jake Forgrave (Toronto, Ont.) earned a complete game win against Point Park.

 

Forgrave goes the distance, comes back in relief

Jake Forgrave (Toronto, Ont.) earned a complete game win in No. 15 Point Park’s tight 3-2 victory over College of Saint Joseph in Vermont. He scattered six hits and two runs over seven innings for the Pioneers. The righty walked one and struck out two. He was then summoned from the bullpen and threw a scoreless, hitless inning, walking one in a 3-0 win over Washington and Jefferson in the final regular season game of the year. Point Park finishes the 2018 regular season slate a sizzling 41-7 and 23-4 in River States Conference play. 

Kennedy, Stevenson, Morro, Wilson come through for Canisius

Jared Kennedy (Calgary, Alta.) pitched in two high scoring games but didn’t allow an earned run for the Canisius Golden Griffins. His first appearance came in a 17-10 win over Niagara where he tossed three scoreless innings and allowed two hits. He struck out two in the relief outing. He was next in action in Game 2 of the Griffs Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series with Rider. Although Rider took the game 13-12, Kennedy worked two innings, giving up a hit and an unearned run. He walked one and struck out three.

J.P. Stevenson (New Glasgow, PEI) picked up the win to open the series with Rider. He lasted seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out one to improve to 7-1. He currently holds a 2.53 ERA.

Connor Morro (Cheltenham, Ont.) had a hit and a walk in a 10-1 loss to Kent State. He then had two hits, two walks and an RBI against Niagara. In Game 1 of the series with Rider he had another hit and a walk. He gave the Griffs a 7-5 lead with a three-run home run in Game 2 but they eventually dropped the game 13-12. He recorded two more hits, a walk and drove in two runs in Game 3. Morro is hitting .350 in 34 games, good for second on the team behind fellow Canadian Liam Wilson (Ayr, Ont).

 Ontario Terriers grad Liam Wilson (Ayr, Ont.) had a strong week for the Canisius Golden Griffs. 

Ontario Terriers grad Liam Wilson (Ayr, Ont.) had a strong week for the Canisius Golden Griffs. 

Speaking of Wilson, he had himself a strong week, as well. He walked in the loss to Kent State and followed it with a hit, two walks and RBI against the Purple Eagles. Wilson went 2-for-5 in Game 1 against Rider before going off in Game 2. In the second game of the series he went 4-for-5 with a solo home run in the sixth and a two run-shot in the seventh. He finished his week off with a hit, a walk and a RBI.

Wark goes six, Billikens bounce Explorers

The St. Louis Billikens had little trouble disposing of the La Salle Explorers in a three-game set, sweeping the series and outscoring their opponents 31-2 in the process. Jackson Wark (St. Albert, Alta.) threw six scoreless in a 15-1 Game 2 win. He gave up just two hits, a walk and struck out three.


Dressler dominates Middle Tennessee State

After losing Game 1 of their series to Middle Tennessee State the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners were looking to get back on track behind Steven Dressler (Burlington, Ont.) in Game 2. They did just that as Dressler threw a complete game, nine innings and allowed just one run in an 11-1 win. He worked around nine hits and struck out two to improve to 5-2 in 2018. The Roadrunners went on to take Game 3 and the series.


Dalton saves three games

With the game on the line Sacramento State frequently turn to Tanner Dalton (Lethbridge, Alta.). In a 4-1 win over California Dalton threw two scoreless innings for his seventh save of the year. He earned his eighth save by throwing a scoreless inning with a walk and three strikeouts in a 5-2 Game 1 win over UT Rio Grande Valley. In Game 3 he earned his ninth save by working two scoreless innings with a pair of punch outs. Dalton owns a 1.59 ERA over 22 appearances so far in 2018.

 Former Badlans Badgers Zachary Zinck (Bridgewater, NS) pitched a complete game. 

Former Badlans Badgers Zachary Zinck (Bridgewater, NS) pitched a complete game. 

Zinck goes the distance in win

Of the 21 outs Zachary Zinck (Bridgewater, NS) recorded in his complete game win over Onondaga, 13 of them were strikeouts. Zinck allowed only two hits and two walks over the seven innings in the 3-1 decision.

Diaz wins eighth

Indigo Diaz (Vancouver, BC) threw all five innings and didn’t give up a run as the Iowa Western Reivers trounced Marshalltown 15-0 in Game 1 of their four-game series. Marshalltown batters managed just two hits, a walk and were sat down on strikes eight times. Diaz ran his record to 8-0 with the win.


Martin magnificent in Monroe win

Stuart Martin (Eden Mills, Ont.) scattered seven hits over seven innings in a complete game, 10-2 Monroe Community College win over SUNY Broome Community College. He surrendered two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out seven.


Snow, Malenfant come up big for Blackhawks

Both Justin Snow (Mount Hope, Ont.) and Hayden Malenfant (Whitby, Ont.) helped the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks to wins last week. Snow allowed two runs over seven innings with a pair of walks and five strikeouts as the Blackhawks downed Heartland 3-2. He got another start later in the week going 5 2/3 innings, scattering five hits and a run with two walks in a 9-4 Game 3 win over Northeast. He struck out five to move to 5-0.

Malenfant was handed the ball in Game 2 of their series with Northeast Community College. He picked up his third win by going 6 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out seven in the 7-2 triumph.

 Armani Lakhani (Brampton, Ont.), who pitched for the Ontario Orioles, Ontario Cardinals and the Ontario Athletics, registered a complete game win for Davis and Elkins.

Armani Lakhani (Brampton, Ont.), who pitched for the Ontario Orioles, Ontario Cardinals and the Ontario Athletics, registered a complete game win for Davis and Elkins.

No laboring for Lakhani, Liu has five hits

Complete games seem to be a trend in this weeks column. I’m sure Armani Lakhani (Brampton, Ont.) is happy to join the list. He threw a complete, game seven innings and gave up just one run in Davis and Elkins Game 2, 8-1 win over Cedarville. He scattered five hits and two walks in the outing. He also struck out eight to even his record at 3-3.

Johnny Liu (Mississauga, Ont.) had five hits, a walk and a stolen base in the three-game set with Cedarville. 

Getting off on the right foot

Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Mercier, Que.) has been a staple in the St. Mary’s Rattlers rotation throughout 2018. He continued a strong campaign in Game 1 of a four-game set with Texas A&M International by throwing a complete game, seven inning, two-hit shut out. He walked one and struck seven and is now 7-4. The Rattlers are 35-15 and 15-9 in Heartland Conference action. They have one regular season series remaining against Newman.


Schnarr shuts out Lake Land

It wasn’t even close. Brady Schnarr threw a complete game shut out as Frontier Community College blanked Lake Land 10-0 in Game 1 of their series. He allowed three hits, three walks and punched out three in a dominant performance.

 Great Lake Canadians grad Tyrus Barclay (Wyoming, Ont.) had an eight-hit week for the Garden City Broncbusters.

Great Lake Canadians grad Tyrus Barclay (Wyoming, Ont.) had an eight-hit week for the Garden City Broncbusters.

Barclay a go-to guy for Garden City

The Garden City Community College Broncbusters will take on Cowley County Community College in the opening round of Region 6 play after completing their regular season last week. Tyrus Barclay (Wyoming, Ont.) is heading into the postseason after posting eight hits, four walks and four RBIs to finish the regular season. 

Brand the man for Midland

Billy Brand (Burlington, Ont.) got into three games on the mound for Midland University and helped his team to a trio of win. First, he tossed a complete game, seven inning shutout in a 2-0 win over Concordia. He gave up two hits, two walks and struck out an impressive ten. He then showed up in relief in Game 2 of a series with Doane University. Brand worked 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a run, striking out three. In his final appearance, a 5-2 win over Doane, he picked up a save with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.


Weibe, Tabor headed to Great Bend, Kan.

Graeme Weibe (Abbotsford, BC) and Tabor College are off to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament after posting a 32-17 record, 23-7 in KCAC action. Last week Weibe had five hits, including a solo home run in a 3-2, Game 2 loss to the University of St. Mary.


Price is right for Allen County

Allen County Community college powered through six games last week and Dylan Price (Victoria, BC) came to play. Price launched a home run in a 10-8 loss to Coffeyville and had seven hits in total. He also walked twice, drove in five runs and stole a pair of bases. Allen County has a three-game set with left with Barton on their slate.

 Les Ailes du Québe grad Alex Bedard (Levis, Que.) had 10 hits for Trinidad State. Photo`: Breelyn Craig. 

Les Ailes du Québe grad Alex Bedard (Levis, Que.) had 10 hits for Trinidad State. Photo`: Breelyn Craig. 

Trindad State drops a pair

It hasn’t happened often but it happened twice last week. Trinidad State (43-8) lost a pair of games, only their seventh and eighth of the season. Alex Bedard (Levis, Que.) continued to hit picking up 10 knocks, including four two-hit games. He scored four tuns in an 11-1 win over Otero and stole three bases on the week. Trindad State still managed to go 4-2 on the week. 

Cloud County on a slide

Losing six of the final seven games of the regular season is not how you plan it. Matt Bondarchuk (Edmonton, Alta.) and the Cloud County T-Birds have done just that. In four games last week they won just once but Bondarchuk had eight hits, a walk and a RBI.

Oklahoma Wesleyan crowned KCAC regular season champs

A six-hit week from Christopher Acosta-Tapia (Deauville Laval, Que.) helped cap a strong year and secure Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title for the No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles. His best game of the week came in Game 1 of their series with Ottawa University as he went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs. John Lantigua (Quebec City, Que.) and Claudio Ortiz (Montreal, Que.) are also members of the Eagles. The Eagles will face off against Ottawa again in the first game of the KCAC tournament.

Duncan, Morris do damage for Crowder

Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) was swinging a hot stick last week. In a 17-6 win over Fort Scott he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. In their next game, Game 1 against State Fair Community College, a 3-2 win he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. After collecting a hit and a walk in a 9-3 Game 2 loss, he went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Game 3, a 10-0 win. He rounded out his week with a 3-for-3 game with three more RBIs in a 10-3 win. 

Kobe Morris (Victoria, BC) was ready to go when he stepped into the box for Crowder College. He got his week rolling with two hits and two walks in the win over Fort Scott and had another hit and two walks in Game 1 against State Fair. The next two games featured two hits and a RBI in each. As if the week wasn’t good enough he went 3-for-4 with a walk in the final game of the series.

 Vauxhall Academy Jets grad Alex Bishop (Calgary, Alta.) hit a three-run homer for the Texas-Tyler Patriots.

Vauxhall Academy Jets grad Alex Bishop (Calgary, Alta.) hit a three-run homer for the Texas-Tyler Patriots.

Bishop with a big blast

Alex Bishop (Calgary, Alta.) hit a three-run shot to open the scoring for the University of Texas at Tyler in a 9-2 Game 2 win over LeTourneau. He kick started his week with a 3-for-4 game with a walk and four RBIs in a 15-5 win over Southwestern. UT Tyler is set to take on Ozarks in the first game of the American Southwest Conference Championship


UBC drops final series

In a battle of the birds it was the Oregon Tech Owls who shot down the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 2-1 in a three-game set. Four Canadians had good weekends at the plate, especially in Game 2, the only game UBC won. John Lanferman (Sherwood Park, Alta.) went 3-for-6 with a RBI and two stolen bases, Kyle McComb (Surrey BC) went 6-for-6 with a RBI and a stolen base in the 14-13 win, Mitch Robinson (Surrey, BC) went 4-for-7 with four RBIs while Nolan Weger (Surrey, BC) went 4-for-6 with two RBIs in the second game. Lanferman went 2-for-4 in Game 1 and had a hit in Game 3. McComb also had a hit and a walk in Game 1 and Robinson hit a solo shot in the opener. Weger hit a two-run home run in the finale.


Jorgenson with double digit hits

Bryce Jorgenson (Thunder Bay, Ont.) had 11 hits for Century College to help lift them to a 5-1 week. He swatted three doubles, walked twice and drove in three runs in a 19-12 win over Ellsworth.

DePauw wins four in a row

It hasn’t been a great season for DePauw University but they have won four in a row. CJ Yoannou (Toronto, Ont.) played a big part in that by contributing seven hits in the four wins. He went 3-for-4 with a double and two triples in a 4-3 win over Wabash.

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ABC grad Marc Lebreux (Sainte-Anne, Que.) had a hatful of hits for the Seminole State Trojans.

Lebreux legs out hits, Brookman brings it

Marc Lebreux (Sainte-Anne, Que.) started his week with a hit in a 5-0 Seminole State win over Arkansas Baptist. The teams would meet again in a 20-0 Seminole State thumping in which Lebreux went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. In a Game 1 win over Rose State he walked. During Game 2, a 15-5 win, he went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He chipped in a hit to end the week in a 12-1 win.

Archer Brookman (Pointe Claire, Que.) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in a 20-0 beating of Arkansas Baptist. In Game 2 against Rose State, a 15-5 win, he had a hit and a walk. He completed his week with a hit and a RBI in Game 3, a 12-2 win.

Latimer lead Trinity International to two wins

Trinity International picked up their second and third wins of the year last week behind a good performances from Matt Latimer (Georgetown, Ont.). Latimer had 14 hits including a 5-for-6 game with three RBIs in a 21-15 loss to Robert Morris. He also walked four times and stole three bases. Trinity International beat Maranatha Baptist twice.

Follett finishes strong

Nick Follett (Toronto, Ont.) had two hits, a walk, a RBI and a stolen base for the College of the Desert Roadrunners in a 23-3 Game 1 loss to San Diego Mesa. In Game 2 he went 3-for-3 with two walks in a 8-7 win. The Roadrunners dropped the finale 10-3 despite a three-run shot from Follett.

 Vauxhall Academy Jets grad Ryan O’Rourke (Sydney, NS) pitched a complete game win for the Upper Iowa Peacocks.

Vauxhall Academy Jets grad Ryan O’Rourke (Sydney, NS) pitched a complete game win for the Upper Iowa Peacocks.

Newman, O’Rourke pitch well, Smith goes deep three times

Upper Iowa University didn’t have much fun facing Minot State. The Beavers swept a four-game set and can thank Zach Newman (Miramichi, NB) and Ryan O’Rourke (Sydney, NS) for good outings in Games 3 and 4. O’Rourke threw a complete game, seven innings and gave up just one run. The former Vauxhall Academy Jet allowed three hits, walked four and struck out three.

Newman went five scoreless allowing three hits, two walks and sat down four on strikes in a 4-2 Game 4 win.

It’s hard to beat a 3-for-4 game with a solo and two-run shot to open your week. That’s exactly what Trevaun Smith (Brampton, Ont.) accomplished in a 9-8 loss to St. Cloud State. He homered again against St. Cloud State, collecting three hits and a hit by pitch in all. Two of his three home runs led off the game. The rest of the week he had four hits, two walks, was hit by another pitch and stolen a base.

Hrynkiw gets better each game

Tony Hrynkiw (Brampton, Ont.) started his week with a hit, a walk and a RBI in a 10- win over Arkansas Baptist. He had two hits the next game and went 5-for-6 with three RBIs and four runs scored in the third and final game of the week.

Guntrip gunning for opposing pitching

Siena Heights completed their season with an 18-34 overall record. Riley Guntrip (Camrose, Alta.) finished off 10 hits, four multi-hit games and four RBIs.

 Former Vauxhall Academy Jet Nolan Rattai (Medicine Hat, Alta.) had a six-hit week for the Northern Kentucky Norse. 

Former Vauxhall Academy Jet Nolan Rattai (Medicine Hat, Alta.) had a six-hit week for the Northern Kentucky Norse. 

Rattai opens, closes strong

Nolan Rattai (Medicine Hat, Alta.) went 3-for-4 in a 7-5 loss to Xavier to start his week for Northern Kentucky. He also went 3-for-4 with a RBI in Game 3 of the Norse’s series with Oakland.

Big Berg on campus

The Eagles of Polk State won a series with South Florida State College and began a series with Florida Southwestern that will wrap up this week. In Game 1 against South Florida State College, a 10-0 win, he went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a RBI. The Eagles win Game 2, 8-5, and Berg had a hit and a walk. They dropped the final game of the series but Berg went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. The opener against Florida Southwestern went the way of the Eagles 6-4 in 11 innings. Berg was standout going 4-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base.

Pilat shows some power

Drake Pilat (Winnipeg, Man.) left the yard as part of a 3-for-6 game with three RBIs in a 23-8 Jamestown win over Dakota State. He had seven hits, with a 3-for-3 game with a walk and two RBIs in another win over Dakota State, for Jamestown as they head into the North Star Athletic Association tournament against Viterbo.

Turino gets on

In five games Matt Turino (Scarborough, Ont.) of Jefferson Community College reached base on six hits and four walks. He drove in five runs and stole three bases as Jefferson won all five games.

 Team Ontario grad Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ont) slugged .473 for Newberry Wolves.

Team Ontario grad Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ont) slugged .473 for Newberry Wolves.

Peluso puts up

Freshman Matthew Peluso (Woodbridge, Ont.) had a very respectable season for Newberry hitting .290 with a .391 on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage. In an 11-10 loss to River College last he went 2-for-5 with a RBI. Peluso followed it up with a hit and two RBIs in a 7-6 loss to Dean. He then hit a two-run home run and had three hits in all as Newberry was downed by Southern Vermont College 17-8.

Williams caps regular season with a thump

Malik Williams (Toronto, Ont.) has been an offensive force all season for Johnson County Community College. They took on the Rockhurst University’s JVs in a pair of games and Williams had two hits and two RBIs in the first meeting, a 14-4 win. The second contest ended in a 7-0 Johnson County win with Williams going 2-for-4. They then split a four-game set with Neosho County, taking games 1 and 3. Game 1 saw Williams record a hit, two RBIs and a stolen base. He had two hits, a walk and a RBI in Game 3 and a pair of home runs, a walk and three RBIs in Game 3. In the final game of the series he went 2-for-4. Williams closed the regular season hitting .388 with 16 home runs and 70 RBIs.

Lubiniecki with three multi-hit games

Pikeville played three games with Luke Lubiniecki (Regina, Sask.) in the lineup and he had at least two hits in each. In Game 1 of their series with Lindsey Wilson, a 10-2 win, he had two hits and three RBIs. Game 2 also went Pikeville’s way and Lubiniecki went 3-for-4 with a walk and a RBI. The Bears couldn’t complete the sweep, however, dropping Game 3 7-4. In the loss Lubiniecki had two hits, two walks and two RBIs. Pikeville is now preparing for Cumberland in the first game of the Mid-South Conference tournament.

Canadians at Indian Hills impressive

Indian Hills Community College played seven games and got a whole lot of production out of the Canadian talent. Jordan Bahnuk (Woodstock, Ont.) made two appearances and picked up two wins. In the first, an 18-5 win over Iowa Central, he went 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out three. He earned his second win of the week, and third of the year, by throwing three innings, surrendering two hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts in a 7-4 win over Southwestern.

Zachary Fascia (Brampton, Ont.) had 13 hits, seven walks, three RBIs and a stolen base in the seven games which resulted in six wins.
Jameson Hart (Sarnia, Ont.) had eight hits but only played in six games.

 

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St. Francis Xavier grad Matt Berner (Spuce Grove, Alta.) had a six-hit week. 

Berner catches fire

Graceland’s Matt Berner (Spruce Grove, Alta.) started his week with three walks and two stolen bases in a 14-6 loss to Hannibal-LaGrange. He chipped in six hits the rest of the week.

Rupnik erupts

Paul Rupnik (Newmarket, Ont.) had a hit and three RBIs in Newman’s 4-3 win over Rogers State in Game 1 of their four-game set. He had two hits, a walk and a RBI in a Game 2 loss before hitting a two-run shot to lead his team to a 4-3 win. In the final game of the series he had two hits and three RBIs as Newman took 3-of-4.

Myers with big Game 2

He had six hits in three games and four of them came in Game 2. Noah Myers (Wyoming, Ont.) went 4-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a stolen base as Wabash Valley downed Southeastern Illinois 9-1.

 

Feuerstake, Hicks shine for Mineral Area

A pair of Canadians were on top of their game for Mineral Area College. Caleb Feuerstake (Waterdown, Ont.) and Liam Hicks (Toronto, Ont.) stirred the offensive drink. Feuerstake had five hits, four of which came in a Game 2 9-6 loss to Three Rivers. Of the four hits, one was a home run. He also walked three and stole three bases, two came in the four hit game.

Hicks went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, a walk and three RBIs in a Game 2 win over Three Rivers. In Game 3 he left the park again on his way to two hits in a 2-1 win. In the finale, a 2-1 win he went 3-for-5 with two doubles.

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Vauxhall Academy Jets grad Ben Erwin (Spruce Grove, Alta.) worked 4 1/3 scoreless against St. Peter's.

Erwin appears twice, earns win

Just one of the four runs Ben Erwin (Spruce Grove, Alta.) gave up in a 17-10 Niagara loss to Canisius were earned. He gave up three hits, a walk and struck out two in the start. In Game 3 of the Purple Eagles series with St. Peter’s he went 4 1/3 innings of scoreless, one hit baseball. He walked one and struck out three to win his fourth game of the year.

Excellent Esau

Brett Esau (Meadow Lake, Sask.) was a force again for Frank Phillips despite the team dropping all four games of their series to Midland. In Game 1, Esau had a hit and a RBI. Game 2 saw him hit a home run, walk and finish with two hits. In the Game 3 loss he hit another home run and he had two doubles and a walk in Game 4.

Iltshishin hammers Lake Land

Frontier Community College won 2-of-3 against Lake Land and Chris Iltshishin (Waterloo, Ont.) had a good series. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the opener. In Game 2 he had two hits, a RBI and stole a base and in Game 3 he chipped in a hit.

Tighe appears twice, picks up two saves

Williston State freshman Ben Tighe (Okotoks, Alta.) threw a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts against Dakota in Game 1 of their series to pick up his fourth save. After giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits in two innings with a strikeout in Game 2 against Bismarck State, he earned his fifth save in Game 3. He went a scoreless inning with a walk and a punch out to do so.

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Former Ontario Blue Jay Brandon Hillier (Orangeville, Ont.) pitched 7 1/3 innings in an Indiana Tech win. 

Hillier evens record

Brandon Hillier (Orangeville, Ont.) lasted 7 1/3 innings and gave up two runs as Indiana Tech downed Siena Heights 8-2 in Game 2 of their series. Hillier worked around eight hits and a walk and struck out three. His record now stands at 3-3

Cappe contributed in win

Brady Cappe (Brantford, Ont.) went six innings and gave up three runs (one earned) with a walk and eight strikeouts as Lake Land downed Frontier 5-4. He allowed seven hits in the win.

Central Missouri wins behind Reid

Brandon Reid (Toronto, Ont.) went seven scoreless innings as Central Missouri downed Missouri Southern 1-0 in Game 3 of their series. He allowed five hits, two walks and struck out five.

Chester beats Southern Nevada

Two runs over seven innings made Fynn Chester (Victoria, BC) a winner in Salt Lake’s 5-2 win over the College of Southern Nevada. Chester gave up five hits and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.

 Eric Marriott (Niagara Falls, Ont.) homered against Lesley.

Eric Marriott (Niagara Falls, Ont.) homered against Lesley.

Marriott hits for Mitchell

Eric Marriott (Niagara Falls, Ont.) started his week with two hits, one was a two-run home run in a 7-0 win over Lesley. He built off that and finished the week 11 hits. He went 4-for-5 with a walk and three RBIs in the final game of the week, a 13-3 win over Elms.

Webb has three-hit game

Concord’s Even Webb (Whitby, Ont.) had seven hits in five games. He went 3-for-4 with a RBI and stolen base in a 14-6 Game 2 win over Charleston.

Cox comes through for McCook

With his complete game, seven inning win over Western Nebraska, Tyler Cox (Mississauga, Ont.) evened his record at 3-3. Cox scattered six hits and three walk to help his team to victory. He struck out six hitters, as well.

Parsons has four, two hit games

Jacob Parsons (Kitchener, Ont.) had 10 hits on the week for Lake Region State. Eight of those hits came as a result of four, two-hit games. He drove in four in a 12-9 Game 3 loss to Dakota College at Bottineau.

 Toronto Mets grad Jesse Elliott (Ajax, Ont.) homered for Charleston Eagles. Photo: Ron Pietroniro  Metroland

Toronto Mets grad Jesse Elliott (Ajax, Ont.) homered for Charleston Eagles. Photo: Ron Pietroniro  Metroland

Elliott leads offence by example

A home run in his first Game of the week got things going for Jesse Elliott (Ajax, Ont.) of the University of Charleston. He went 5-for-5 later in the week with a two-run home run in an 18-4 win over Concord. He also found his way on twice during the week by being hit by pitches.

Plenty of teams are set for postseason play to begin and others are inching closer. As the games intensify Canadians hope to step up. Check back next week for all the highlights.

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Matt Betts

Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.