Leduc shines in Quebec's T12 win over Prairies

 Xavier Leduc (Ste-Julie, Que.) struck out eight and tossed four shutout innings to lead Quebec to a 5-1 win over the Prairies squad at Tournament 12 on Thursday night. Photo Credit: Academy Baseball Canada (ABC)

Xavier Leduc (Ste-Julie, Que.) struck out eight and tossed four shutout innings to lead Quebec to a 5-1 win over the Prairies squad at Tournament 12 on Thursday night. Photo Credit: Academy Baseball Canada (ABC)

TORONTO – Xavier Leduc (Ste-Julie, Que.) pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight as Quebec beat the Prairies 5-1 in Tournament 12 action on Thursday.

Edouard Savoie (St-Eustache, Que.) had a ground rule double in the top of the first, scoring Emile Boies (Levis, Que.) to give Quebec (1-1) a lead they did not relinquish.

Prairies’ (1-1) pitcher Owen Harms (0-1) only allowed that one run in two innings. The 17-year-old Winnipeg native had a busy day, as he had gone 3-for-4 and played shortstop in his team’s 3-2 win against the Atlantic squad earlier. 

After Leduc (1-0) was removed from the game, Oilver Marin-Laroque (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.) came in for Quebec, allowing only one run to earn the save, striking out seven of the 12 batters he faced.

Leadoff man Tristan Peters (Winkler, Man.) knocked in the only run for the Prairies in the bottom of the sixth making it 5-1.

The Quebecois team put the game away with a fourth inning rally that saw Justin Humenay (Beaconsfield, Que.) and Boies both hit RBI singles to put them ahead 3-1.

Up next Quebec will face the Atlantic squad (0-2) and the Prairies will face the Futures Navy (2-0) team.