By Adam Morissette
Day 1 of the Canada Games Baseball Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba:
Québec 7 Saskatchewan 2 - Charles Lefebvre turned in three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in a 7-2 comeback victory over Saskatchewan. William Perrin collected two hits and drove in a run to lead the Québec offence. Saskatchewan starter Connor Sparks struck out six while taking the loss.
Alberta 12 BC 2 - Branden Woods turned in a complete-game effort on the mound in leading Alberta to a 12-2 win over 2013 Canada Games champion, BC. Woods carried a shutout into the sixth before BC's Damiano Palmegiani belted a solo home run. Alberta received a three-hit, three-RBI performance from Justin Breen while Matthew Coutney and Cesar Valero had two hits apiece and drove in two runs.
New Brunswick 10 Newfoundland & Labrador 0 - Zach Newman allowed just two hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings while his offence had 11 hits as New Brunswick bested Newfoundland & Labrador, 10-0, in a mercy shortened game. Conner Huckins was the offensive star for New Brunswick as he drove in three with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Ontario 14 PEI 4 - Zachary McQuaid fanned eight over four shutout innings and Sam Lebel went 3-for-3 with an RBI as Ontario handed PEI a 14-4 loss. Ontario registered 14 hits and scored six runs in the sixth to set up a mercy rule win.
Saskatchewan 3 Alberta 2 (8 innings) - An extra innings thriller saw Saskatchewan plate two runs in the top of the eighth and hold off a charging Alberta in the bottom half to come away with a 3-2 win. Starting pitchers Brendan Logan from Alberta and Saskatchewan’s Brody Frerichs were magnificent with Logan tossing seven scoreless innings while Frerichs allowed just one hit over 5.2 innings.
BC 8 Québec 5 - BC struck for four runs in the top of the fourth to erase a three-run deficit as they evened their record to 1-1 with an 8-5 win over previously unbeaten Québec. Damiano Palmegiani and Jayden Knight both drove in a pair of runs and Carter Morris tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Québec's Jason Begin went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a losing cause.
Manitoba 11 Nova Scotia 1 - Noah Geekie provided 4 1/3 innings of solid starting pitching and drove in a pair of runs with a single as part of an eight-run fifth inning to lead host Manitoba to an 11-1 win over Nova Scotia at a packed Elwood Giants Field. Jared McCorrister and Tristan Peters both contributed two run doubles.
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