CHARLOTTETOWN – With British Columbia’s loss last night, all that was left to determine for the medal round was who would advance between Alberta and Saskatchewan in Pool B. Today we got our answer as both teams squared off this afternoon.
Alberta got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Rylan Chin (Strathmore, AB) came in to score on a Jamie Mitchell (Calgary, AB) ground out, but Saskatchewan would tie it in the top of the second in similar fashion as Geoff MacDonald (Regina, SK) came in to score on a Dylan Ramsay (Saskatoon, SK) ground out.
From there it was all Alberta. Dale Anderson (Strathmore, AB) broke the tie in the fourth with an RBI double. Mitchell added to that lead in the fifth with a two-run single and Chin hit a bases loaded triple to drive in all three runners and Alberta went on to claim their spot in the medal round with a 7-1 victory.
Taylor Burns (St. Albert, AB) was solid on the mound for Alberta, who allowed only the one run in the second in earning the complete game win. He scattered six hits in his outing while striking out eight Saskatchewan hitters.
Manitoba put their undefeated round robin record on the line against British Columbia, but B.C. wanted some measure of revenge after their loss to Saskatchewan last night and they took it out on the Manitobans, scoring in every inning on route to a 14-3 mercy win.
B.C. opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first. Then after both teams put up three runs in the second, B.C. started putting the game away by scoring five runs in the third, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Keaton Briscoe (North Vancouver, BC) went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the win. DJ Boschmann (Abbotsford, BC) also got a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) drove in a pair of runs as well.
Despite the loss, Manitoba had already clinched first place in Pool B with their three victories coming into today, while in Pool A Ontario and Québec have clinched their spots in the medal round. All that is left to be determined there is placement and that will be settled as both teams go head-to-head later today.
In other action, New Brunswick ended their round robin schedule with a 2-2 record after defeating Newfoundland 3-2. Luc Vautour (Moncton, NB) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI for New Brunswick.
Also, as mentioned earlier, Québec solidified their spot in the medal round after a 3-0 victory over Nova Scotia this morning. Yann Charbonneau (Laval, QC) went six innings and allowed only one hit and struck out seven for the win. Philippe Charpentier (L’Épiphanie, QC) earned the save after pitching a scoreless seventh.
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