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