OTTAWA - There were a lot of exciting finishes today at the Baseball Canada National Championships as teams are trying to stake their claims for playoff spots.
At the Baseball Canada Cup in Medicine Hat, Alberta, it took 11 innings to decide the day’s opening matchup between British Columbia and Ontario as Trevor Barton (London, ON) finally decided it with an RBI single to give Ontario the 4-3 win.
A solo-home run by Sasha Lagarde (Pierrefonds, QC) in the top of the eighth inning lifted Québec to a 2-1 win over British Columbia.
In a battle between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia erased a two-run deficit by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, but would see that effort slip away as Alex Abbott (Charlottetown, PEI) would come in to score on an error in the bottom half of the frame to give PEI a 6-5 win.
Alberta entered the bottom of the seventh inning against New Brunswick down by two, but they were able to reduce that deficit to one as Mitch Frey (Medicine Hat, AB) would score and give his team new life. But that is as close as they would get as Ben Sollows (Moncton, NB) would finish off Alberta with a strikeout to end the game and give New Brunswick the 6-5 win.
On the other side of the spectrum, Manitoba overwhelmed Newfoundland & Labrador by a score of 29-1. Manitoba would score nine runs in the third inning and 11 runs in the fourth inning. Brenden Shearer (Winnipeg, MB) was 3-for-6 with seven RBI.
In other action, Ontario defeated Saskatchewan 11-1 and Québec beat Sakatchewan 9-3.
At the Junior Championship in Charlottetown, PEI, the host team and Newfoundland & Labrador battled it out for 13 innings when Luke Carmichael (Charlottetown, PEI) drove in the winning run in the top of the 13th to give Prince Edward Island a 6-5.
In the remaining games, Ontario went 2-0 with a 6-2 win over New Brunswick and a 12-0 hammering of Saskatchewan. Québec defeated Newfoundland 12-0, while Québec 2 beat New Brunswick 8-2. Saskatchewan shutout Manitoba 2-0 and British Columbia topped Nova Scotia 6-1.
At the Bantam Boys Championship in Mascouche, Québec, Daryl Blaskovitch (Bretnwood Bay, BC) drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give British Columbia a 3-2 win over Saskatchewan.
Benoit Frenière, Jr. (Le Gardeur, QC) and Maxime Lapointe (Lachenaie, QC) combined to throw a two-hit shutout to lead Lanaudiere over Newfoundland & Labrador to a 9-0 win.
In other action, New Brunswick went 2-0 today to even their record for the tournament with a 9-4 win over Alberta and a 6-0 victory over Newfoundland & Labrador. In a high scoring affair, Québec beat Prince Edward Island 14-8, while Ontario improved to 3-0 in the tournament by doubling Manitoba 6-3. Manitoba rebounded with a 8-5 win over Nova Scotia, British Columbia won their second game of the day by a score of 7-3 over Alberta and Saskatchewan shutout Lanaudiere 3-0 to conclude the day`s schedule.
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