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2009 National Championships: Senior final set

OTTAWA – Hurricane “Bill” may have left the region, but there are still some drizzles in the forecast for Dartmouth.  But that will not stop the Senior Men’s Championship from concluding today as now the gold and bronze medal matchups have been set.

Dany Prata (Sherbrooke, QC) threw perhaps one of his best games, getting the complete game shutout victory as Québec moved on to the gold medal game with a 3-0 win over Ontario.

Prata allowed only three hits in his seven innings on the mound, striking out seven Ontario hitters along the way.

Québec got their first point on the board in the bottom of the first when Martin Johnson (St-Jérôme, QC) hit a sacrifice fly that drove in Éric Bernier (Ste-Thérèse, QC) and put Québec in front 1-0.

Tommy Curkovic (St-Jérôme, QC) added some insurance in the sixth inning with a two-run blast and give Québec a three run cushion.

Prata would take care of the rest as Québec has now made its way to the gold medal game and would wait to see who they would face for the championship.

In the other semi-final, it was Alberta who would get the jump on Newfoundland by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Matt Beaudry (Sherwood Park, AB) got it started with an RBI single. He would later score when Jason Sutherland (Sherwood Park, AB) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Then a pair of bases loaded walks to John Mailman (Sherwood Park, AB) and Blake Hamer (Fort Saskatchewan, AB) brought in two more runs and Alberta had a 4-0 lead after one inning.

Newfoundland cut that lead in half with single runs in the third and fourth, including a leadoff home run by Mike O’Neil (St. John’s, NL) in the fourth, to make it 4-2. But Alberta got one of those runs back in a hurry in the bottom of the fourth when Ben Herman (Sherwood Park, AB) hit a leadoff shot of his own to give Alberta a three-run lead.

Then Alberta put the game away in the sixth when they scored three more runs and would clinch a berth in the gold medal game with an 8-2 win.

Now, Québec and Alberta will face off for the gold, while Ontario and Newfoundland will battle it out for the bronze.

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