Ottawa, Ontario - The first day is complete in both Trois-Riviéres and Dartmouth, which saw great games from all participants, including two dominant performances by the host teams. In the 18U event, New Brunswick currently stands in first place with a 2-0 record, while Ontario stands atop the 21U event with the same record.
18U Midget Championships
Prince Edward Island 2 Saskatchewan 1
Myles McInnis’ (Charlottetown, PE) drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to help his squad capture their first victory on opening day. Trailing 1-0 heading into the seventh, PEI was able to tie it up, helping set up McInnis’ heroics. Saskatchewan’s Carter Folk (Regina, SK) was very good in the losing effort, striking out nine batters in five and two-thirds innings.
Ontario 4 Québec 1
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New Brunswick 8 Manitoba 0
Sam Lund (Riverview, NS) was in full command during his five innings on the mound en route to picking up the victory in his team’s 8-0 win. Lund did not walk a batter and struck out three. Designated hitter Ryan Van Snick (Baxters Corner, NB) added some insurance with a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Alberta 5 British Columbia 4
The game was close through its entirety, but Alberta was able to score the winner in the bottom of the eight inning. Riley Guntrip (Camrose, AB) went a perfect 4-4 at the plate to lead the offense while Josh McKinnon (Grand Prairie, AB) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. Steven Rintoul (Kamloops, BC) drove in two runs in his club’s losing effort.
Nova Scotia 17 Newfoundland and Labrador 6
Nova Scotia scored twelve runs in the first two innings leading to the route of over Newfoundland and Labrador via the mercy rule. Brady Atwater (Kentville, NS) scored three runs to lead the way while Ryan Kaulbach (Bridgetown, NS) also chipped in with three RBI.
21U (Junior Championship)
British Columbia 11 Newfoundland and Labrador 1
After quickly going down 1-0 in the top half of the first inning, British Columbia exploded for ten runs in the bottom half to quickly erase the early deficit. They would add one in the next inning to seal the victory in five innings due to the mercy rule. Carter Sherban (Abbotsford, BC) had a home run and three RBI while Jeff Bouchard (North Delta, BC) also drove in three runs. Each player registered a hit in BC’s starting lineup.
Ontario 8 Nova Scotia 2
Ontario got on the board early with five runs in the first two innings to quickly get ahead and defeat Nova Scotia by a final score of 8-2. Leadoff hitter Brandon Gignac (Lasalle, ON) was a force on the base paths, stealing two bases and scoring twice. Tim Black (Hamilton, ON) threw all seven innings to secure the victory, but had trouble with Nova Scotia’s Evan Comeau (Waverley, NS) all game as he reached base three times.
Dartmouth 10 Manitoba 6
Fans of the host team got to cheer early and often as Dartmouth cruised to a 10-6 victory over Manitoba. Right fielder Anthony McKinley (Dartmouth, NS) supplied most of those cheers by blasting two homes runs and driving in three runs. Starting pitcher Justin Davies (Hammonds Plains, NS) battled to pitch six innings to earn the win. Nathan Christiuk (Dufrost, MB) scored twice in his team’s loss.
Day 2 of the 18U (Midget) championship will commence at 8:30a.m. ET as Saskatchewan takes on Manitoba, and game two will begin shortly after at 9:00a.m. ET. The 21U championship will see New Brunswick face off against PEI beginning at 9:00a.m. ADT.
Note: Follow along via Pointstreak to track your tournament and team. The 21U (Junior) Championship can be viewed live online through the link below.