OTTAWA – The playoff picture is now set at the Senior Men and Peewee championships after some more intense action at the Baseball Canada National Championships.
Both British Columbia and Québec finished their preliminary schedules undefeated at 4-0 at the Senior Men Championship in Brandon, Manitoba. Both teams earned berths into the semi finals and are awaiting their opponents.
But first the quarter-final matchups had to be determined. Manitoba earned their spot in the playoffs after playing three games today and winning two, first against Ontario 2 where Jeff Thomson (Grande Point, MB) pitched a complete game shutout to earn a 5-0 win. Then, Manitoba held off a surging Newfoundland & Labrador for a 9-7 victory. Mitch Stephens (Brandon, MB) went 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Ontario would earn their spot in the quarters with a 4-0 win over New Brunswick. Steven Carter (Windsor, ON) threw a complete game, one-hitter to help send his team to the playoffs.
Alberta had to win their final game of the day to earn a spot and they did just that, holding off a resurgent Brandon team for the 3-2 win. Brandon scored their two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but Craig Tomas (St. Albert, AB) got the final out and the save. Finally, Nova Scotia earned the fourth quarter-final berth in virtue of their bottom of the seventh, 3-2 win over Ontario 2. Darren Doucette (Dartmouth, NS) drove in a pair of runs for Nova Scotia.
At the Peewee Championship in Vaughan, Ontario, the quarter-final matchups were set and both Ontario and Québec were awaiting their opponents for the semi-finals on Sunday.
Two teams established their dominance in the quarter-finals as both matchups were lopsided affairs. First, British Columbia would blank Manitoba 10-0 to earn a date with Ontario, while the host team from Vaughan earned their spot in the semis and a matchup with Québec with an 8-2 victory over Saskatchewan.
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