CHARLOTTETOWN – It was a battle between two undefeated teams, and familiar foes, looking to claim top spot in Pool A at the Canada Games. Ontario and Québec did battle in what was the continuation in an excellent rivalry.
Travis Bondy (Windsor, ON) pitched an exceptional game, allowing only one hit in a complete game shutout victory and Greg Densem (Toronto, ON) hit a two-run home run that gave Ontario first place in Pool A with a 3-0 win.
Bondy completed muzzled Québec’s offence, facing the minimum amount of hitters over seven innings and struck out four in the victory.
Ontario got their first run on the board in the top of the first when Donovan Latour (Barrie, ON) hit a double to bring in Brandon Dailey (Brantford, ON) to put Ontario ahead 1-0.
Then in the fifth, Densem gave his team a little breathing room with a two-run shot off of Québec starter Brian Bardis (St-Constant, QC), which was more than what Bondy needed on this day.
With the win, Ontario will now face Alberta in the semi-finals on Thursday, while Québec will take on Pool B winner Manitoba in the other semi.
In other action, after Saskatchewan came up with the upset of the tournament last night with their win over British Columbia, Saskatchewan added insult to injury by finishing third in Pool B ahead of B.C. courtesy of their 2-1 win over Prince Edward Island.
Terry McNabb (Davidson, SK) earned the win, scattering five hit while striking out nine over 6 1/3 innings of work. Derek Wallace (Oxbow, SK) hit a solo home run in the third inning for what was the eventual winning run.
Saskatchewan will now take on New Brunswick on Friday in a placement game to determine fifth place, while shockingly, British Columbia can do no better than seventh as they will take on Newfoundland in another placement game.
And finally in a battle of winless teams, something had to give between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and it was the Newfoundlanders who break the goose egg with a 7-5 win. Kieran Buckingham (St. John’s, NL) picked up the win. Dylan Moss (Mount Pearl, NL) went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Daniel Hearn (Pasadena, NL) went 2-for-2. Despite scoring five runs, Nova Scotia was only able to register three hits in the game.
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