SHERBROOKE, QC-After three days of competition BC sits atop the Pool A standing with a 4-1 record, while New Brunswick remains undefeated at 3-0 which puts them in first place in Pool B heading into tomorrow’s competition.
The top three teams advance to the playoff round in Pool A, while only two spots are up for grabs in Pool B.
Here’s a look at today’s action.
Québec 11 British Columbia 9 (8 innings)
Host Québec gave their fans a lot to cheer about as they scored twice in the top of the eighth and held on to defeat BC 11-9 to earn their first win of the tournament , while handing BC their first loss. Jonathan Martin’s (L'Assomption, QC) double in the eighth scored the eventual winning run and Abraham Toro-Hernandez (Greenfield Park, QC) shut the door in the bottom of the eighth to earn the save. The wild affair saw the lead change four different times throughout the game with Québec going ahead in the top of the seventh with three runs only to see BC score a pair in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extras. Justin Lawrence (Surrey, BC) went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI for BC, while Québec’s Charles Leblanc (Laval, QC) belted a two-run homer in the first inning and later added a single.
Ontario 4 Alberta 2
Matt Ianni (Nepean, ON) and Danny Roderick (Oakville, ON) combined to limit Alberta to only four hits as Ontario got back on track with a 4-2 win over Alberta. Ianni tossed four innings and struck out three, while Roderick fanned one while not allowing an earned run. Ontario’s Mark Sinclair (Dundas, ON) scored two runs and added a double and teammate Nicholas O’Neil (Oldcastle, ON) contributed an RBI double.
Saskatchewan 10 Prince Edward Island 6 (8 innings)
After allowing PEI to claw their way back into the game, Saskatchewan rallied in the eighth inning scoring four times to earn a 10-6 win. Five Saskatchewan batters had multi-hit games including Wyatt Schlosser (Saskatoon, SK) who went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Aiden Larsen (Regina, SK) was credited with the win tossing two scoreless innings allowing only a hit and a walk, while striking out two. PEI’s Matt Barlow (Summerside, PE) was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Manitoba 12 Newfoundland & Labrador 0
Manitoba moved to 3-1 to stay in playoff contention with a 12-0 drubbing of Newfoundland and Labrador in a mercy-rule game. Manitoba’s offence was firing on all cylinders banging out 15 hits with three each coming from Chad Millar (Oak Bluff, MB) and Mike Homes (Winnipeg, MB). Millar added three RBI and Clark Whelpton (Brandon, MB) tossed four innings and gave-up only two hits to earn the win.
New Brunswick 10 Nova Scotia 0
New Brunswick continued to roll as they kept their undefeated run alive with a convincing 10-0 win over Nova Scotia which kept them atop the Pool B standings. Although his teammates pounded out ten hits, the story of the game was pitcher Nick Gaudet (Chartersettlement, NB) who went six innings and struck out ten, while giving-up only one hit. After building a 5-0 lead, New Brunswick put the icing on the cake with a five-run sixth that was keyed by Mitchell Hazelett’s (Riverview, NB) two-run single.
BC 9 Ontario 0
A five-run third inning was more than enough for BC as they rolled to a 9-0 win over Ontario beating the defending Baseball Canada Cup champs for the second consecutive day. Mitchell Robinson (Surrey, BC) had a 4-for-5 day at the plate and scored two runs for the winners, while Andre Pelletier (Maple Ridge, BC) was 2-for3 with two RBI. Brandon Marklund (West Vancouver, BC) tossed six innings allowing only three hits and three walks, while fanning four to earn the win.
Alberta 5 Québec 4
After Québec tied the score in the top of the seventh, a wild-pitch with the bases loaded gave Alberta 5-4 walk-off win over the hosts. Alberta got runners on first and third after a walk and single and Michael Belliveau (Calgary, AB) was given an intentional walk before the wild-pitch scored the winning run. Nolan Bumstead (Calgary, AB) went the distance on the mound for Alberta and recorded five strikeouts to get the win. Matt Lloyd (Okotoks, AB) had two hits and Québec’s Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Montréal, QC) had a double, a sac-fly and three RBI.
Notes: Action continues tomorrow with another seven games on the schedule to wrap-up round robin play. Games can be followed live with live stats provided by Pointstreak at www.baseball.ca/games. Select games can also be seen live at www.canadagames.tv