OTTAWA – It was an all New Brunswick battle for the Baseball Canada Peewee Atlantic Championship on Sunday, and both teams put on a wonderful show as it took the bottom of the seventh inning to decide a winner.
Moncton and Riverview faced off for the gold and Moncton wasted no time bringing the offence, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run single from Ryan Bartley (Moncton, NB).
Riverview responded in the bottom of the second when Kyle Donahoe (Riverview, NB) came in to score on a passed ball to cut the lead in half.
In the top of the fourth inning, Moncton would add to its lead as Bailey Huber (Moncton, NB) and Corey Ouellette (Fredericton, NB) both hit two-run singles to give Moncton a 6-1 lead.
But Riverview would once again cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth. Adam Worden (Riverview, NB) hit an RBI double, then Dylan Logan (Riverview, NB) later followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3.
Then Riverview exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by Logan Saunders’ (Kennebecassis Valley, NB) RBI double and the squeeze play from Kyle Donahoe to give Riverview its first lead of the game 8-6.
Moncton however would not go away quietly, scoring twice in the top of the seventh on Chris Thomas’ (Fredericton, NB) two-run home run to tie the game 8-8.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell Hazlett (Riverview, NB) led off with a double and then scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice from Adam Worden to give Riverview the Peewee Atlantic Championship.
In the bronze medal game, a six run top of the first was more than enough for St. John’s who would go on to capture the bronze medal with a 9-4 win over Stratford.