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Manitoba goes 2-0 on opening day at Canada Games

CHARLOTTETOWN – Manitoba has gotten off to a good start at the 2009 Canada Games with a pair of win on day one of the baseball tournament, including n 8-4 win in front of a sold out crowd against the host province Prince Edward Island.

P.E.I. held a 4-3 lead going into the top of the seventh when Manitoba’s offence came to life to score five runs in the inning, three of them coming off a triple by Bret Heselwood (Brandon, MB) with the bases loaded.

The other team scheduled to play a pair of games today was New Brunswick and they were able to recover from a loss earlier today to come out on top of a 1-0 pitcher’s duel with Nova Scotia.

Ben Sollows (Moncton, NB) and Shain Beaudreau (Cole Harbour, NS) went head to head in a masterful battle on the mound. In the end it was Sollows who came out on top.  He allowed only three hits, all coming off the bat of Kenny Long (Sydney, NS), and a walk in earning the complete game win. He also struck out nine Nova Scotia hitters.

Sean Silliphant (Saint John, NB) drove in the only run of the game in the fifth inning, driving in Patrick Losier (Chatham, NB) on a RBI single. That would be Beaudreau’s only blemish as he would take the loss in a complete game effort, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out nine.

In the day’s other matchup, Québec took advantage of 13 walks handed out by Newfoundland pitching in a 15-0 beating. Kevin Tremblay (Boucherville, QC) was 2-for-4 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored, while Michael Pagé (L’Épiphanie, QC) had a couple of hits and scored twice to lead the Québec offence.

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