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National Championships: Junior Finals

OTTAWA – The gold and bronze medal games took place today at the Junior Championship in Charlottetown, PEI as Baseball Canada crowned its sixth National Champion of 2008.

Québec and British Columbia battled it out for the gold. Québec would jump out to a 3-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the third inning off British Columbia starter Eric Brown (Vancouver, BC).

British Columbia would respond in the bottom of the third by reducing the lead to one on a double from Scott Belinski (Kelowna, BC), a wild pitch by Mathew Langton (Pointe-Claire, QC) and three straight singles, including an RBI single from Cory Smith (Kelowna, BC) to make it 3-2.

However, that would all the scoring in the game as Québec would hold on to capture the gold medal in a 3-2 win.

It would take nine innings to decide the bronze medal game between Ontario and Québec 2 as Josh Federico (Amherstburg, ON) would come score in the top of the ninth to break a scoreless tie on a RBI single from Brian Simone (Amherstburg, ON) and they would hold on to win the bronze medal by a score of 1-0.

It was a pitcher’s duel between Mike Delong (Windsor, ON) and François Lafreniere (St-Bruno, QC). Both would pitch the complete game, but Delong would come out on top of this battle of hurlers. Delong gave up only three hits and three walks, while striking out 11. Lafreniere allowed one run on seven hits with nine strikeouts over eight and two thirds innings.

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