Canada Games: Saskatchewan wins gold

 A photo of the Saskatchewan team after they captured their province's first-ever baseball gold at the Canada Games in Winnipeg on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

A photo of the Saskatchewan team after they captured their province's first-ever baseball gold at the Canada Games in Winnipeg on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Gold Medal: Saskatchewan 3 Manitoba 1 - Logan Hofmann struck out nine batters in six dominant innings on the mound to lead Saskatchewan to a 3-1 win over Manitoba to claim the Canada Games baseball gold medal. The win came in front of over 7,000 fans at Shaw Park to mark the largest Canada Games crowd in Winnipeg this week for any sport. Saskatchewan opened the scoring in the first when Brody Frerichs was able to scamper home on a Connor Sparks single to centre with an error committed on the same play. Ryan Olchoway then came up with a clutch, two-out single in the third that brought in Sparks to put Saskatchewan in front by a pair. Manitoba pulled to within one on Jordan Peck's two-out RBI single in the sixth but Saskatchewan answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning before Tyler McWillie closed things out with a scoreless seventh. The marks Saskatchewan's first Canada Games baseball gold medal after the prairie province won silver in 1989. 

Bronze Medal: Alberta 5 Ontario 1 - Brendan Logan limited Ontario to just one run on five hits in a complete game effort as Alberta picked up their second consecutive Canada Games bronze medal with a 5-1 win. Alberta erased a 1-0 Ontario lead with a pair of runs in the third before plating three in the sixth to create a four-run cushion. Ayden Makarus and Brayden Cust picked up RBI singles in the three-run sixth. The bronze matches Alberta's best-ever finish at a Canada Games baseball competition after winning the third place medal in 1997, 2005 and 2013.

Box Scores: http://baseballcanada.bbstats.pointstreak.com/scoreboard.html?leagueid=110&seasonid=30920

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.