National Championships: Teams are rounding into form as Day 2 finishes
Friday, August 17, 2012
OTTAWA – Teams are slowly rounding into form and battles are starting to heat up as both tournaments have reached their half way point. Expect to see more of the same on Day 3 when the teams will battle for positions in Sunday’s medal round.
Ontario (2) 12 Saskatchewan 4
Ontario raced out to a five run lead after three innings and held on for a decisive eight run victory. The top of the order for Ontario provided most of the damage, as Curtis Lambkin (Melle, River, ON), Eric Carducci (Tecumseh, ON) and Andrew Cooper combined for nine hits, seven RBI and five runs scored. Scott Mostoway (Saskatoon, SK) had two hits and three RBI for his club.
Québec 13 Newfoundland and Labrador 3
Québec finished the game like they started it, scoring four runs in the sixth after scoring five in the first to defeat Newfoundland and Labrador by a wide gap. Every player in the Québec starting lineup contributed as they each scored at least one hit, and eight different players scored at least one run. Starting pitcher Jacob Gosselin Deschenes (St-Hyacinthe, QC) picked up the win in six innings of work.
Trois-Rivières 7 New Brunswick 6
The hosts capped off day two with a dramatic extra innings win over New Brunswick. After scoring two go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth inning, New Brunswick made it interesting in the bottom half scoring one run before Québec pitcher Alex Blais (Ste-Julie, QC) shut the door to secure the win. Mike Washburn (Fredericton, NB) had a home run and three RBI in his club’s losing effort.
PEI 7 Nova Scotia 2
Down 2-0 heading into their last at-bat, PEI exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to blow past Nova Scotia 7-2. Third baseman Connor Myers (Peakes, PE) hit a two run double to help his club to victory. Seven different players scored runs for PEI, who captured their first victory of the tournament.
BC 5 Alberta 4
Matt Strother’s (Maple Ridge, BC) game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted BC to the tight one run victory over their provincial neighbours. Strother finished his strong day with two hits and two RBI. The bottom of the order provided most of the offense for Alberta as their 7-8-9 hitters all had one RBI each in the defeat.
Québec 4 PEI 1
The middle of the order did their job as Québec defeated PEI by a count of 4-1. Québec’s 3-4-5 hitters all had an RBI each, and Vincent Dessy (Lassomption, QC) picked up the win on the mound by throwing a strong two and two thirds innings of relief and striking out three in the process.
Saskatchewan 10 New Brunswick 0
A balanced offensive attack helped guide Saskatchewan in hammering out a 10-0 victory in a shortened five inning game because of the mercy rule. Jered Andreychuk (Saskatoon, SK) and Brandon Beaudin-Herney (Regina, SK) drove in two runs each while Ty Nostbakken (Regina, SK) lasted all five innings on the mound.
Québec City 7 Newfoundland and Labrador 3
The host team from Québec City used only one inning to power their way past Newfoundland and Labrador. A seven run fourth inning led by a David Glaude (Québec, QC) bases clearing triple helped lift lead them to the win. Designated hitter Brandon Jackson (Paradise, NL) had two walks and a run scored in his squad’s losing effort.
Ontario 8 Manitoba 2
Ontario finished off a perfect day by defeated Manitoba by a score of 8-2. Andrew Warner (London, ON) led the offense for Ontario, ending the game with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Sean Refflinghaus (London, ON) had two hits, including a home run. Catcher Cody Groen (Winnipeg, MB) had two hits for his club.
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