Canada Games: Alberta, Manitoba secure first in pools on Day 4

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Please see below for information from Day 4 of the Canada Games Baseball Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Alberta and host Manitoba will meet in one of two semi final games on Thursday as both clubs wrapped up first place in Pool A and Pool B, respectively, with wins on the final day of round robin competition. It will be BC and Ontario meeting in Thursday morning's quarterfinal match-up with the winner facing Saskatchewan in the other semi final.

Manitoba 3 Ontario 2 (8 innings) - Ethan Walpole's RBI single in the top of the eighth brought in the eventual game-winning run for Manitoba as they clinched first place in pool B with a 3-2, extra-innings win over previously unbeaten Ontario. Ontario carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh thanks to a Sam Lebel RBI single in the first before Manitoba drew even on Jared McCorrister's two-out single. Manitoba starter Owen Harms turned in 7 2/3 gutsy innings on the mound to earn the win while Cameron Thickson got Lebel to fly-out to right field to end the game.

Alberta 9 Québec 5 - Alberta's offensive juggernaut continued to roll in this one as they belted out 11 hits including a solo home run from Jacob Libbus to come away with a 9-5 win over Québec to wrap up first place in Pool A. Five different Alberta hitters recorded an extra base hit while Chris Thomson earned the win on the mound with four solid innings of work with one strikeout.

BC 2 Saskatchewan 1 - A bases loaded walk issued in the bottom of the seventh scored Daniel Gernon to give BC a 2-1 win over Saskatchewan. Both teams tied with 3-3 records in the Pool A standings but Saskatchewan earned second place while BC settled for third as a result of the tie-breaking formula. Gernon and Jayden Knight had two hits apiece for BC who received a 6 1/3 inning effort from Carter Morris on the mound.

Two All-Atlantic match-ups kicked off the action this afternoon including Nova Scotia taking on New Brunswick while Newfoundland & Labrador faced PEI. Dyton Blackett went 4-for-4 with a triple and drove in a run as part of a four-run sixth to give Nova Scotia a 7-3 win over New Brunswick. Jaden Griffin knocked in a pair of runs while Joey Hagen went the distance in a complete-game victory. Josh Myers drove in a pair of runs and Patrick Young collected two hits and scored three runs to lead PEI to an 8-2 win over Newfoundland & Labrador.                                                                                                                                                                            

Nova Scotia will meet PEI in the 7/8 game on Thursday while New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador will play in the 9/10 game.




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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.