OTTAWA-Action began at the Senior Men (Miramichi, NB) and Bantam Boys (Vaughan, ON) National Championships with a slew of early games today.
Ontario (2) 4 Newfoundland 0
Jerome Smith (Mississauga, ON) hit a two-run homerun as part of a three-run second inning and Ontario 2 went on to defeat Newfoundland 4-0. Winning pitcher Jason Byrnes (Mississauga, ON) pitched a complete game and only gave-up four hits while striking out two batters.
Ontario (1) 9 Manitoba 0
John Picco (Woodslee, ON) struck out eight while only giving up three hits as Ontario 1 blanked Manitoba 9-0. Ontario 1 was ahead 4-0 before exploding for five runs in the 7th to make the score 9-0. Thomas Grubb (Wheatley, ON) paced the offence with two hits and four RBI’s while Adam Ellwood (Windsor, ON) collected two hits, one RBI and scored two runs.
Alberta 5 Nova Scotia (1) 0
Dustin Northcott (Rocky Mountain House, AB) tossed a one-hitter and struck out three as Alberta shutout Nova Scotia (1) 5-0. Alberta scored twice in the third to open the scoring and added three more in the sixth with two of the runs courtesy of a Denver Wik (Red Deer, AB) two-run homer.
Québec 6 Vaughan 4
Québec scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and hung on to beat Vaughan 6-4. Québec took advantage of seven Vaughan errors while Tristan Pagé (Ste-Julie, QC) earned the win on the mound by tossing 4 1/3 innings and striking out four batters. Vaughan’s Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON) had two doubles and one RBI in the loss.
Saskatchewan 7 Manitoba 6 (9 innings)
Brayden Resch’s (Saskatoon, SK) single in the bottom of the ninth scored two runs and gave Saskatchewan a 7-6 walk-off, extra innings win over Manitoba. The runs were scored using the extra-inning rule where the inning begins with runners on first and second base. Resch went 4-for-5 with three RBI’s while Manitoba’s Christian Peters (Winnipeg, MB) and Riley Poole (Oak Bluff, MB) each had three hits and one RBI.
Newfoundland 13 Nova Scotia 3
Tyler Boland (St. John’s, NL) proved his worth both as a pitcher and batter as Newfoundland thumped Nova Scotia 13-3. Boland went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a triple and collected one RBI while also tossing five innings on the mound and striking out seven to earn the win. Redmond Hunt (Torbay, NL) had two singles and one RBI while Nova Scotia’s Gregory Herritt (Halifax, NS) had two singles.
Alberta 9 New Brunswick 7
In a back and forth contest, Alberta took the lead in the bottom of the sixth and hung-on for a 9-7 win over New Brunswick. With the score tied 7-7 in the sixth, Matthew Lloyd’s (Okotoks, AB) single brought in the go ahead run for Alberta. Austin Ely (Calgary, AB) who entered the game in the sixth, shutdown New Brunswick in the seventh to record the win. Mitchell Hazlett (Riverview, NB) went 3-for-4, including a triple and scored three runs for New Brunswick.
Action at the Peewee Western (Nanaimo, BC) Championship begins at 1pm PST today. Stay tuned to Baseball.ca for a full recap from all three championships later today.
Notes: Follow all of the action from all three championships LIVE with Pointstreak by clicking HERE…On Sunday, the semi-finals along with Bronze and Gold Medal games of the Senior Men Championship will be streamed LIVE courtesy of Bell Aliant…Please click HERE to be re-directed to the live stream.