OTTAWA –Rain was a factor at the Senior Men Championship while some more high scoring contests at the Peewee championship to round out the day of competition at the Baseball Canada National Championships.
Only three games were completed in Brandon, Manitoba at the Senior Men Championship, but they were all exciting matchups as all three were decided in the final inning.
Alberta scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to give them a 2-0 lead, and it turned out they would need that run as New Brunswick came back and scored one run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI from Craig Betts (Moncton, NB) to score Ryan Barry (Miramichi, NB), but that would be all they could get as Alberta defeated New Brunswick 2-1.
It took ten innings for Ontario 2 to complete their comeback as they would score the go-ahead run in the top of the frame and hold on to win against Newfoundland & Labrador by a score of 2-1. Bobby Kent (St. John’s, NL) threw all ten innings in a losing cause, allowing two runs on eight hits. He walked one while striking out seven.
Ontario thought they had a comfortable 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh against Brandon, but the host team would make things interesting by scoring three runs with the help of RBIs from Kevin Levandosky (Neepawa, MB) and Ian Hockin (Neepawa, MB), but that’s as close as they would get as Ontario held on for the 4-3 win.
At the Peewee Championship in Vaughan, Ontario, a repeat of the first day with some lopsided scores, but some one-run games started the day.
Québec defeated British Columbia by a score of 5-4 in the first game of the day. The host team from Vaughan beat Alberta 9-8, while Prince Edward Island held on to a 7-6 win over New Brunswick.
Then, the scores became a little more one sided. Ontario beat Manitoba 13-5, Saskatchewan topped Newfoundland & Labrador 19-9, British Columbia was all over Prince Edward Island 23-8 and Manitoba defeated Nova Scotia 14-5.
It was Québec over Vaughan 16-7, but there would be one more one-run game before the day was out as New Brunswick edged Alberta 5-4.
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