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Parkland and Mississauga capture Baseball Canada Championships

OTTAWA – Two more Baseball Canada champions were crowned on Sunday with the Parkland Twins (Alberta) winning the gold medal at the 13U National Western Championship while the Mississauga Tigers (Ontario) captured the title at the 18U Championship.

In Swift Current, Ronan Johnson homered and struck out nine batters over 5.1 innings on the mound to lead Parkland to a 13-3 win over Winnipeg South in the 13U National Western gold medal game.

Miles Coates belted a first inning grand slam to give Parkland all of the offence they would need as they capped an undefeated tournament (5-0) with the championship title.

Winnipeg South’s Cohen Lewko, Cole Secord and Quinn Lagace all homered in the loss.

The bronze medal game featured an all-BC battle with Ridge Meadows scoring three times in the seventh edge Victoria, 11-9.

Ian Nesbitt knocked in three runs for Ridge Meadows including an RBI single in the top of the seventh as part of a 2-for-4 game at the plate.

Victoria received home runs from Sawyer Gelling and Will Henzi.

13U National Western: Tournament Scores/Results

In Fort McMurray, Mississauga (Ontario) rolled to a 15-1 win over Metro (New Brunswick) to win the 18U Championship.

David Stanley paced Mississauga’s 16-hit attack with a 4-for-4 game at the plate including a double and four RBIs while Seth Hedges drove in four runs in the game that went just five innings due to the mercy rule.

Chris Melvin pitched all five innings allowing just one run on two hits and six walks while striking out three batters.

In the bronze medal game, a successful double steal in the top of the eighth gave saw Ben Shugar cross home plate to give Mid-Island (BC) a one runs lead over Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), and they held on for the win with Lucas Laukkanen tossing a scoreless bottom of the eighth.

18U Championship: Tournament Scores/Results