Canada Games: Day 1 Host Manitoba wins

 Quebec defeated Saskatchewan 7-2 and lost 8-5 to B.C. on Day 1 of the Canada Games in Winnipeg. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Quebec defeated Saskatchewan 7-2 and lost 8-5 to B.C. on Day 1 of the Canada Games in Winnipeg. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

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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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.