Canada Dominates the Dominican

  • September 04, 2006

SAN JOSE, CUBA – Ryan Radmanovich (Calgary, Alta.) and Jeremy Ware (Guelph, Ont.) each had a homerun and four RBI as Baseball Canada’s national senior team sailed to a 13-1 thumping of the Dominican Republic today at the 2006 COPABE Americas Olympic Qualifier. Ware crushed a first pitch fastball from relief pitcher Gilberto Calderon for a three-run homerun that represented only a fraction of Canada’s scoring in a seven-run fifth inning that helped Canada make quick work of the Dominican Republic. Ware, who hit a walk-off pinch hit grand slam to beat Panama two days ago, was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Eight of the nine Canadian players reached base in the fifth inning which saw Canada send 13 batters to the plate as a combination of miscues from the Dominican and hard-hit balls by the Canadians ended the game early after seven innings thanks to the international 10-run mercy rule. Canada took an early 3-1 lead into a three-hour rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to a solo homerun from David Corrente (Chatham, Ont.), RBI singles by Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, B.C) and Mike Saunders (Victoria, B.C.). After having already thrown 80 pitches in less than four innings of work, Dominican starter Ronny Rodriguez was replaced by when the teams took back to the field after the delay.  The move proved to be a mistake of colossal proportions for the Dominican Republic. Radmanovich, who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored drove a two-run homerun to left centre field to highlight a three-run fourth inning to put Canada up 6-1. Meanwhile, Canadian starter Brett Gray was dealing with the Dominican bats with relevant ease, striking out six and giving up two hits over six strong innings in a game that was abbreviated after seven innings thanks to the international 10-run mercy rule. Michel Simard (Charlesbourg, Qué.) sat the Dominicans down in order to close out what was a must-win game for the Canadians in order to have a shot at moving on to a final Olympic Qualification tournament next year. With a win against Nicaragua Tuesday, Canada would put itself in excellent position to move on to the next qualification tournament. Box Score  

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Big Innings Vault Cuba Past Canada

  • September 03, 2006

HAVANA, CUBA  - Cuba used a five-run first inning and a four-run sixth to top Baseball Canada's national senior team 9-0, yesterday at the 2006 COPABE Americas Olympic Qualifier at Latinoamericano Stadium. While the Cuban bats made noise almost instantly to set the tone in the game, it was Cuban pitcher Norbertro Gonzalez who stole the show striking out 13 Canadians while walking only two and giving up four hits in eight innings of work. Cuba's attack was sparked by a two-run homerun to centre field from the bat of Cuban second basemen Yuliesky Gourriel to open the scoring with one out in the first inning. First baseman Alexandre Myette then beat out a force play at second , and designated hitter Osmany Urutia doubled to centre field for two more Cuban runs before the host team batted around the order in the first inning for a 5-0 lead. Canadian starter Eric Cyr (Montreal, Qué) looked good from that point on, retiring the next 12 batters. Cyr went five innings, giving six earned runs while striking out three. The wheels fell off for Canada in the sixth when Cuba scored four more times behind three Canadian errors, two wild pitches and only one base hit to make it 9-0. Eight of the first nine outs recorded by Cuba were strikeouts by Gonzalez, who already had 11 Ks going in to the the sixth inning. That sixth frame saw Canada's best chance to get on the board when Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, B.C.) walked and Ryan Radmanovich (Calgary, Alta.) dropped a perfect bunt to put men on first and second with nobody out.  However, Radmanovich was forced out at second base and Jeremy Ware (Guelph, Ont.) hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. With the loss Canada will likely have to win its next two games to advance to the second-chance Olympic Qualification tournament scheduled to be held next year. Canada faces Nicaragua today at 2 p.m. EST before wrapping up the tournament against the Dominican Republic Tuesday. Box Score

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Walk-off Grand Slam Lifts Canada Over Panama

  • September 02, 2006

Havana, Cuba - Jeremy Ware's (Guelph, Ont.) pinch-hit grand slam homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning, yesterday, capped off Baseball Canada's third comeback win of the Americas Olympic Qualifier as the team scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat Panama 15-12 at Santiago Mederos Stadium. Ware's heroics were a result of the final roster move in a game that saw Canadian skipper Terry Puhl make some of the boldest managerial moves anyone will ever see in a ball game. After going down 6-0 and 9-4, Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, B.C.) drilled a two-run shot over the right field wall to cut the Panamanian lead down to three runs at 9-6. With two men retired in the inning, Pierre-Luc Laforest (Hull, Qué.) was hit by a pitch and Emerson Frostad singled to left. Starting catcher David Corrente, who was hitting sixth in the lineup was slated to come to the plate already having gone 4-for-4 in the game up to that point. However, Puhl elected to bring the left-handed hitting Reed Eastley (Brandon, Manitoba) into the game to face the right-handed Panamanian reliever Jorge Cortes.  Eastley crushed the first pitch he saw from Cortes deep to right-centre field for a three run homerun to tie the game at 9-9 going into the final inning. Canadian closer T.J. Burton (Ottawa, Ont.) struggled in the final frame, allowing a lead off double to Sherman Obando, walking three of the next four batters and giving up a base hit up the middle to Adolfo Rivera to give Panama what seemed to be a comfortable 12-9 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. But as opposing teams are quickly finding out, much to their dismay, no lead is safe against Baseball Canada´s Cardiac Canucks, who have now won two games in walk-off fashion and one in the 10th inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Canada loaded the bases with one out, sending the Cuban fans into chants of "Ca-na-da, Ca-na-da, Ca-na-da." Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-10 and Emerson "The Ice man" Frostad was a clutch performer once again, driving home Nicholson on a single to right field to make it 12-11. The bases were loaded for Eastley, the hero of the game up to that point. But despite his three-run game-tying homerun one inning earlier Puhl pinch hit Ware for Eastley and Canada won the game in the most amazing fashion. As a result, Canada was 6-for-6 with 7 RBI, 3 runs scored, two homeruns and a double out of the six-slot in the lineup. The win against Panama kept alive Canada's hopes of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Canada's next match-up is against undefeated Cuba, Saturday at 8 p.m. EST. Box Score

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Canada tops Brazil, Advances to Second Round

  • August 30, 2006

HAVANA, CUBA – Baseball Canada’s national senior team now has its sights on the second round of the 2006 Americas Olympic Qualifier after cruising past Brazil, 7-3 today, at Santiago Mederos Stadium. David Corrente (Chatham Ontario) crushed a three-run homerun to straight away centre field to cap off a four-run Canadian first inning to put the Canadians out in front. Starter Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.), who arrived in Havana just one day ago managed well with the lead, striking out seven Brazilians with only one walk and five hits allowed. Begg, whose only blemish was allowing a solo homerun to Brazil’s second baseman Reineldo Sato in the fourth, helped Canada take a 5-1 lead into the eight inning. Canada added a pair of insurance markers in the eighth inning when Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) hit a ball to the right side that skipped off of Sato’s glove and into right field, allowing Emerson Frostad (Calgary, Alta.) and Mike Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) to come around to score. Brazil mounted a slight comeback in the ninth thanks to a two-run double by designated hitter Wilson Watanose with one out.  However, Watanose was thrown out by left fielder Mike Saunders trying to stretch the extra base hit into a triple. Canadian Closer Chris Mears then got first baseman Ronoldo Ono to ground out to Clapp to end the game. Mike Kusiewicz (Ottawa, Ont.), who only faced one batter in the game, also played a pivotal role in the game, striking out Brazilian Luis Camargo with the bases loaded to end top of the eighth inning. Canada now advances to the second round of the tournament, where they will play a second round robin series against the four teams that advanced in the opposite pool. Teams carry over their records against teams who have advanced into the second round. Game against teams who have not made it through will be wiped off the slate. The teams with the two best records following the second round will earn berths into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, while the third and fourth place teams will be relegated to a second-chance tournament which will be held in 2007. Canada has the day-off tomorrow and will play its first second round game Friday. Second round match-ups have not yet been determined. Box Score  

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Canada Edged by Mexico in Pitchers' Duel

  • August 29, 2006

HAVANA, CUBA – Two unearned runs proved costly for Baseball Canada’s national senior team as it dropped to 2-2 at the 2006 Americas Olympic Qualifier after a 2-1 loss to Mexico. Canada took a 1-0 lead into the fifth thanks to Emerson Frostad’s (Calgary, Alta.) second homerun of the tournament in the fourth inning, but Canada botched the back end of a double play in the fifth, failing to end the inning unscathed. With Mexican runners on first and second, Canadian starter Brett Gray (Petrolia) induced a ground ball to short stop Kevin Nicholson who flipped it over to second for the second out of the inning, but with Mexican shortstop Carlos Gastelum bearing down on him, Canadian second baseman Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) had to rush his throw and missed his target at first base. Victor Bojorquez, Mexico’s speedy centre fielder had no trouble scoring from second on the play to tie the game at 1-1. Mexican right fielder Geronimo Gil knocked in team-mate Carlos Valencia later in the inning for the winning run. The errors, just two of four Canadian miscues on the day spoiled what was otherwise an impressive outing by Gray in his first start of the tournament as the right-hander gave up no earned runs behind five hits, three strikeouts and two walks in six innings of work. Canada threatened to tie the game in the bottom half of the fifth inning when left fielder Mike Saunders (Victoria, B.C) singled and centre fielder Sebastien Boucher (Ottawa, Ont.) walked to lead off the inning. However, Saunders was forced at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Clapp while Mexican starter Rafael Diaz got both shortstop Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, B.C.) and right fielder Ryan Radmanovich (Calgary, Alta.) to pop up  to end the inning. After coming from behind for two dramatic victories in the past two days, the Canadians looked like they had some fight left in them once again when third baseman Matt Rogelstad (New Westminster, B.C) ripped a bullet straight into Mauricio Tequida, the second Mexican reliever of the night.  Tequida, was not injured on the play, but couldn’t recover in time to make a play. However, Tequida struck out yesterday’s hero, Frostad, while Mexican closer Adrian Manzano struck out Saunders and induced a ground out to Boucher to end the game, handing the Canadians their second defeat of the tournament. Jonathan Lockwood (Toronto, Ont.) and Cory Stuart (Surrey, B.C) did all they could in relief only surrendering one hit over the final three innings. Canada’s final round-robin game in the tournament comes tomorrow against Brazil. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST. Box Score

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Baseball Canada Championships Conclude

  • August 28, 2006

Sunday evening marked the end of Baseball Canada’s 2006 Championship Week, as teams battled for the gold. The PeeWee Boys tournament, wrapping up in Victoria, B.C., witnessed Québec defeat host Victoria 7-2 in the Gold Medal Game. Québec pitcher/first baseman M. Ouimet was 1-for-4 in the contest, driving in two runs, and helping to propel his team to the first place finish. Assisting his team to the silver, Victoria catcher Colton Lindsay went 1-for-3, with an RBI, and a run scored. Taking home the Bronze earlier was Ontario, who defeatied Alberta 11-0 in a mercy rule-shortened, five-inning game. Ontario’s third baseman/left fielder David Broll was 2-for-3, with 3 RBI, helping pitcher Michael Spezza earn the victory. Spezza hurled all five innings; surrendering only one hit and one walk for the victory. In the lone Sunday evening placement game, Nova Scotia defeated P.E.I. 7-4, claiming the third place consolation title. Host Windsor Riverside claimed third place bragging right at the Bantam Boys Championship, defeating Québec 6-5. Riverside’s Larry Balkwill went 3-for-3 at the plate, with 3 RBI, including a clutch fifth inning, 2 RBI double. On the losing end, Québec’s John Cameron and Sasha Lagarde both turned in 3-for-4 performances. Claiming the Gold Medal at the Bantam tournament was Ontario, who defeated Alberta 7 -0. Ontario winning pitcher Zack Ranta shut out Alberta allowing just five hits over five innings, and also contributing with a 2-for-3, 1 RBI performance at the plate. In the loss, Alberta pitcher Keegan Hucal struck out eight, and surrendered just two earned runs over his five innings. In Midget Championship action, Ontario claimed the gold, defeating B.C. in a tight 4-3 battle. Ontario catcher Anthony Fantazunni went 2-for-3, providing his team with an offensive spark. B.C. catcher Carson Vitale contributed to his team’s effort, driving in two runs with a 1-for-4 performance, in a losing effort. In the last Sunday Midget placement game, P.E.I. out-lasted Newfoundland & Labrador 7-2, as P.E.I. fist baseman Darcy Lapierre chipped in with 3 RBI. At the Junior tournament, Québec and host Guelph went toe-to-toe in an exciting extra-innings affair for the gold, with Guelph coming out on top 6–5 in the bottom of the eighth. Guelph catcher Steve Budai went 2-for-3 in the contest, chipping in with 3 RBI, while first baseman Mark Allen drove in the game winner in the last of the eighth. Québec’s Patrick D’Aoust contributed to his team’s effort with 2 RBI in the contest, helping Québec earn the silver. Earlier Sunday, Ontario captured the Junior Bronze title, defeating Manitoba 5-2. Ontario pitcher Craig Gillet pitched a complete game five hitter, surrendering just two runs, one of which was unearned, for the win. In Sunday’s Junior placement games: New Brunswick beat Nova Scotia 8-5 and Alberta had little trouble with B.C., winning 16-5 Alberta third baseman Brett Stowkowy went 2-for-3, with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored, while catcher James Woods also contributed with a 2-for-2, 4 RBI, performance. The Senior Championship concluded, Sunday, with New Brunswick standing atop the podium, shutting out Saskatchewan 2-0. New Brunswick pitcher Derek Wilson hurled a complete game, surrendering just five hits, and no walks in the tournament final. In earlier Senior action, Ontario 2 defeated provincial rival Ontario 2-0 to claim the Bronze Medal. Ontario 2 starter Victor Simon earned the win, hurling a complete game, six hit shutout, while Ontario pitcher Steven Carter took the loss, despite an impressive seven inning, four hit performance. Baseball Canada would like to thank each host city – Victoria, B.C., Windsor, ON, Summerside, P.E.I., Guelph, ON, and Brandon, MB – and all of their volunteers, for all their time and effort in putting on each Championship. For more information concerning Baseball Canada and its Championships, please visit www.baseball.ca  

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Frostad Ices Venezuela with 10th-Inning Homer

  • August 28, 2006

Havana, Cuba – Emerson Frostad’s (Calgary, Alta.) solo homerun to lead off the 10th-inning was the wining run in a 7-5 Canadian win over Venezuela today at the 2006 COPABE Americas Olympic Qualifier. Frostad, who came off the bench in the eighth inning to replace starting catcher David Corrente (Chatham, Ont.), was a clutch performer for the second straight day. After keying a four-run ninth inning to come from behind for a 6-5 win over Puerto Rico yesterday, Frostad was 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in today’s victory. In addition to hitting the game-winner over the left field fence, Frostad also helped ignite a Canadian comeback in his first at bat in the top-half of the eighth when he singled off of Venezuelan relief pitcher Argenis Laendeta to load the bases with one out. With Canada down 4-2, Mike Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) then hit a ground-rule double to tie the game before Sebastien Boucher cashed Frostad with a single to left for the go-ahead run, 5-4 Canada. After Luis Cordova homered on Canadian reliver Mike Johnson’s (Edmonton, Alta.) first pitch of the game to notch things up at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Saunders and Frostad teamed up to make what may very well have been the biggest play of the game. In the bottom of the ninth and Puerto Rico threatining with men on first and second base and two outs, José Aronte slapped a single over the left side of the infield. Saunders, the left fielder, charged the ball and zipped a bullet over to Frostad who went to his left to retrieve the ball and dove back to his right to tag Luis Landaeta at the plate to end the inning and send the game into extras. In the extra frame, Kevin Nicholson (Vancouver, B.C.) followed Frostad’s homer with a RBI single to add an insurance marker, 7-5 Canada. Pierre-Luc Laforest also had a good day at the plate for Canada, going 3-for-3 with a homerun, two runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 walk. Johnson picked up the win for Canada while T.J. Burton sent the Venezuelans home hitless in the bottom half of the tenth to earn the save. Canada faces Mexico in its fourth Olympic Qualifier round robin game tomorrow at Santiago Mederos Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST. Box Score  

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Clapp Clutch Again in Wild Canadian Comeback Win

  • August 27, 2006

HAVANA, CUBA – Stubby Clapp hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to cap off a Canadian comeback win in which Canada tallied four times in the final frame to beat Puerto Rico 6-5 at the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Havana, Cuba today. After struggling to manufacture offence and with one away and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth inning, Canada loaded the bases on singles from Emerson Frostad, Matt Rogelstad and Mike Saunders. Sebastien Boucher then hit a double down the right field line to bring the Canadians within one run at 5-4, setting the table for Clapp’s heroics. The win puts Canada at 1-1 in the qualifier. Puerto Rico got on the board first in the top-half of the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead behind a walk a double and a base hit allowed by Canadian starter Mike Meyers (London, Ont.). Canada cut that lead in half in the bottom of the second when third baseman Matt Rogelstad drove a base hit to left-centre field to score first baseman Pierre-Luc Laforest (Hull, Qué.) from second base. A lead off walk to Puerto Rican left fielder José Valazquez set the table for a deep drive to left by José Leon that carried over the wall for a homerun and a 4-1 Puerto Rico lead. Canada again managed to cut the lead in half the following inning and Laforest was at it again. After Jeremy Ware (Guelph, Ont.) drew a lead-off walk, Laforest doubled to the gap in right, setting up an RBI ground out from Rogelstad to score Ware, 4-2 Puerto Rico. Wither runners on the corners and only one out in the top of the eight, Puerto Rico scored their fifth run of the game as Laforest bobbled a throw from Clapp at first base allowing Figueroa to score from third base. T.J. Burton then came in to strike out Leon and induce a ground out to end the inning with Puerto Rico up 5-2. Mike Saunders threw out Puerto Rican Centre fielder Jesus Feliciano trying to score from second base on a single to left to end the eighth inning and the threat of more Puerto Rican insurance runs, allowing Canada to go into the ninth inning down three runs. Box Score Schedule

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Sunday to Determine who Takes Home the Gold at Championships

  • August 27, 2006

Sunday action from the Baseball Canada Championships revealed who would compete for podium finishes. In late Saturday action from the PeeWee Boys Championship: New Brunswick defeated Saskatchewan 10-3; and Alberta topped Ontario 11-9. Alberta left fielder Curtis Mazurkewich went 2-for-4, with 6 RBI, and 2 runs scored, propelling his team passed Ontario. On Sunday, New Brunswick (2-3) battled B.C. (2-2) in the fourth place game, resulting in an 8-5 B.C. win. B.C.’s Tyler Barlow and Justin Sawatzky both chipped in with three hits apiece, propelling their team to a fourth place finish. Saskatchewan (1-4) also took on Newfoundland & Labrador (0-4) in the fifth place game, resulting in an 11-1 Saskatchewan victory. Chaise Cardinal and Matt Ring both contributed with fifth inning, two-run doubles helping Saskatchewan claim fifth place. The PeeWee Boys Semi-finals also took place Sunday, with Victoria (4-1) beating Alberta (3-1) 16-1 from Carnarvon East, while Ontario (3-1) fell 15-5 to Québec (5-0) from Carnarvon West. Victoria’s Matt Ney went 3-for-5, with two doubles, and two runs batted in, while Québec’s Mathieu Vertefeuille’s three run homer sparked his team’s offence passed Ontario. The Gold Medal Game will feature Quebec take on Victoria, while the Bronze will showcase Ontario versus Alberta. Final day Bantam Boys action was thrown a curve ball, Sunday, as inclement weather prevented fourth and fifth place cross over games from taking place. In semi-final play, however, Alberta (3-1) inched passed Québec (4-1) 1-0, while Ontario (3-1) defeated host Windsor (5-0) 6-2. The Gold Medal Game is schedules for 6:30 PM Sunday, and will showcase Alberta versus Ontario. The Bronze Medal Game will also take place Sunday, sechduled to begin at 4:00 PM. Alberta starting pitcher Steven Inch pitched a perfect game against Québec, striking out 15, and at one point 11 in a row. Ontario winning pitcher Mike Gottschalk threw 5.3 innings versus Windsor, striking out 11. Gottschalk also helped his own cause at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a home run. In Bantam placement game action, B.C. topped Saskatchewan 6-5, highlighted by Dillon Plaxton’s two home runs, and 5 RBI. Sunday Midget games from Summerside and Tignish, P.E.I. showcased two well-fought semi-final games: B.C. (3-1) narrowly topped Saskatchewan (3-1) 2-0, while Ontario (4-0) out lasted New Brunswick (3-2) 1-0. B.C. winning pitcher Jordan Padrinao surrendered two hits over seven innings, striking out nine, and walking just one, while Saskatchewan starter Matt Kostenick allowed just five hits two runs, only one earned, over his six innings to take the loss. Ontario pitcher Matthew Piccini hurled all seven innings, giving up just one hit and no runs, earning the win over New Brunswick. The Gold Medal Game, to begin at 7:00 PM Atlantic time, will feature B.C. versus Ontario, while the Bronze match-up, set for 4:00 PM Atlantic time, will showcase Saskatchewan take on New Brunswick. In other Sunday games: Québec (2-3) fell 14-6 to New Brunswick (3-2), but rebounded to defeat Manitoba (2-2) 6-3; and Alberta (2-2) beat Nova Scotia (1-3) 6-4. Québec third baseman Michael Page went 2-for-2 in his team’s win over Manitoba, chipping in with two runs batted in. Semi-final results from the Junior Championship showcased host Guelph (3-1) defeat provincial rival St. Thomas (4-0), representing Ontario, 14-3, as well as Québec (3-1) handing Manitoba (3-1) a 5-1 defeat. The two winning teams will play in the Gold Medal Game 8:00 PM Sunday evening, while the two losers will square off in the Bronze Medal match-up at 5:15 PM. In other final day action from the Junior tournament, Saskatchewan (0-4) out-lasted Newfoundland & Labrador (0-4) 4-3 in placement game action. In the Senior Men’s late Saturday game, Ontario 2 (2-2) prevailed 9-7 over Nova Scotia (2-2), setting up Saskatchewan (3-1) versus Ontario (4-0) and Ontario 2 (2-2) versus New Brunswick (3-1) as the tournament’s semi-final match-ups, Sunday. Earning a spot in the Gold Medal Game were Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, who defeated Ontario and Ontario2  4-3, and 8-3 respectively. New Brunswick left fielder Chris Sorenson contributed with 4 RBI, going 1-for-2 at the plate in the win over Ontario 2. For schedules, box scores, and more information on the Baseball Canada Championships, please visit www.baseball.ca, and follow the Championship link to your desired tournament.  

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Day 3 Recaps from Baseball Canada Championships

  • August 26, 2006

Third day action from Baseball Canada’s Championship continued, Saturday, with a number of key match-ups. In Day 3 PeeWee Boys action, P.E.I. out-duelled Saskatchewan 10-7, evening their recordat 2-2; and New Brunswick shut out Manitoba 6-0. P.E.I.’s Tyson Phillips was 2-for-3, with 2 RBI, while Saskatchewan’s Travis Gerwing went 4-for-4 in the loss. New Brunswick second baseman Matthew Morton went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, helping pitcher Andrew Case earn the win. Case hurled seven strong innings, striking out seven, and surrendering just six hits. At Day 3 from the Bantam Boys Champioship: B.C. improved their record to 3-1, topping Newfoundland & Labrador 15-1; P.E.I. edged Manitoba 4-3; host Windsor maintained their lead over Pool A defeating Québec 7-2; and Ontario edged Nova Scotia 5-2 Highlighted performances included: B.C.’s Bryan Arthur was 2-for-4, with 3 RBI, and a double, helping his team defeat Newfoundland & Labrador. P.E.I.’s Alex Abbott went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, sparking his team’s offence passed Manitoba. Windsor’s Tanner Nivins hit two home runs, driving in four, and providing the necessary offence to beat Quebec. In Midget action from Summerside and Tignish, Prince Edward Island: Saskatchewan improved their record to 3-1, topping Newfoundland & Labrador 9-7 and Manitoba 5-1; Alberta defeated New Brunsiwick 8-1; Ontario had little trouble with Nova Scotia, solidifying first place in Pool A with a 17-0 victory; and B.C. fell 9-2 to Québec, yet managed to clinch first place in Pool B with a 3-1 record. Notable performances from these games included: Saskatchewan right fielder Brice Schaan went 1-for-2, with 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, edging his team passed Newfoundland/Labrador. In their second game, Sask. pitcher Tyler Riggs pitched all seven innings, giving up just three hits, and fanning seven for a victory over Manitoba. Alberta right fielder Sheldon McDonald and shortstop Micheal Cala each chipped in with 2-for-4, 2 RBI performances in a win versus New Brunswick. Ontario second baseman Brandon Neuman went 2-for-4, with an impressive 5 RBI in a win against Nova Scotia. In late Friday action from the Juior Championship, host Guelph topped Alberta 3-1, represented by the U of Calgary Jr. Dinos, in an extra inning affair. Guelph left fielder Nick Stahl went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, while pitcher Kevin Wallace hurled all eight innings, surrendering just three hits, one run, and stiking out 13 for the win. In Saturday Junior games: Manitoba out-lasted Newfoundland & Labrador 6-4, who also lost 4-3 to Alberta; Ontario beat B.C. 7-0; and Québec defeated Saskatchewan 9-2. Highlights from the games included: Manitoba second baseman Matt Chester went 3-for-5, with 2 RBI in a win over Newfoundland & Labrador. St. Thomas Tomcat starting pitcher Mike Damchuck threw a complete game two hitter, not allowing a run, and striking out six B.C. hitters. In Saturday Senior action: Saskatchewan beat Ontario 2 10-1; Québec evened their record at 2-2, defeating Manitoba 5-2; B.C. shut out host Brandon 8-0; and Ontario out-duelled Nova Scotia 9-5. Notes from the match-ups include: Saskatchewan third baseman Dusty Emberley went 3-for-4, with 4 RBI in a win against Ontario 2. B.C. starter Jordy Alexander threw a complete game one hitter, not allowing a run, earning the win against host Brandon. Ontario right fielder Thomas Grubb and third baseman Bryan Dufour each contributed with three runs batted in, sparking the offence passed Nova Scotia. For more information, please follow the Championship link on the Baseball Canada website at www.baseball.ca.

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