Canada Games: Alberta, Saskatchewan lead Pool A

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Canada Games Baseball: Alberta, Saskatchewan lead Pool A ... Ontario, Manitoba undefeated in Pool B


By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Please see below for information from Day 3 of the Canada Games Baseball Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Saskatchewan 4 Québec 2 - Garrett Hawkins and Logan Hofmann combined to limit Québec to just four hits while Tyler McWillie drove in three runs as Saskatchewan earned a 4-2 win. Québec opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first but Saskatchewan answered back with three in the bottom half including McWillie connecting on a two-run double. Québec's Martin Vincelli Simard had two hits and one RBI in the loss.

Alberta 12 BC 7 - Matthew Coutney and Michael Johnson both belted home runs as Alberta outlasted BC, 12-7. Coutney erased a 2-0 BC lead in the first with a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning before Johnson added a two-run blast as part of a three-run sixth that put the game out of reach. Brayden Cust fanned five over five innings of work to record the win for Alberta while BC starter Madjik Mackenzie took the loss.

Nova Scotia 3 Newfoundland & Labrador 1 - Brandon MacKeigan provided 5 1/3 solid innings on the mound to record the win and Rory White came on to earn the save to give Nova Scotia a 3-1 win over Newfoundland & Labrador. Leading 1-0, Nova Scotia plated a pair of runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Max Turner and Jake MacKinnon.

Ontario 7 New Brunswick 0 - Evan Elliott fired six innings of shutout baseball and Ryan Magdic drove in three on a bases clearing double in the second inning to keep Ontario unbeaten with a 7-0 win over New Brunswick. Dylan Whittaker added a pair of hits and drove in two runs for an Ontario side that had nine hits.

BC 13 Québec 8 - BC stormed back with 11 runs in the fifth inning to erase a seven-run deficit and completed the comeback to come away with a 13-8 win over Québec. In the fifth, Daniel Gernon drove in two on a double as part of a 4-for-5, four RBI game at the plate, in an inning that saw BC record seven hits, while Québec committed four errors. Joshua Laukkanen tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win after entering the game with BC trailing by seven. Jason Begin had two doubles and drove in two runs for Québec.

Manitoba 10 PEI 4 - Zach Giesbrecht's RBI single in the top of the sixth brought in the go-ahead run and Manitoba hung on for a 5-4 win over PEI to keep their unbeaten record intact. Manitoba built a 2-0 lead before the scrappy PEI side stormed back with three in the third. Manitoba added three runs in each of the sixth and seventh frames to put the game out of reach. Owen Harms had three hits including a triple while Martin Gisiger struck out six in four innings of relief. PEI's Logan MacDougall allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 gutsy innings on the mound.

Alberta 6 Saskatchewan 2 - Cesar Valero belted a two run homer as Alberta capped a two-win day with a 6-2 victory over Saskatchewan to move to 4-1 and grab possession of first place in Pool A. Matthew Coutney kept his strong tournament going with three RBI including a two-run single in the fourth while Chase Florendine went 6 2/3 innings on the mound to record the win.




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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.