OTTAWA – Two more Baseball Canada champions were crowned this past week with Ontario winning the gold medal at the 21U Women’s Championship and also capturing the gold at the Baseball Canada Cup
Baseball Canada Cup
In Regina, the gold medal game saw Team Ontario defeat British Columbia 11-8 in a close back-and-forth ballgame.
BC got off to a hot start, scoring five in the top of the first capped by a Riley Symeskwak RBI single. Ontario would answer back with three runs of their own in the bottom half sparked by a Brayden Ricketts RBI triple.
Ontario would put up another four runs in the second, and four more late in the sixth to secure the championship.
Dante Smith and Quinn Carson join Ricketts with multi-RBI performances to power team Ontario over BC.
Aiden Taggart closed out the actions for team Ontario, striking out a pair in a perfect one, two, three top of the seventh.
Saskatchewan walked off Québec in the bottom of the seventh in the bronze medal game to reach podium with a 1-0 victory.
Team Saks scored the only run of the ballgame after 2-out rally capped by a B. Bast line drive RBI single to win the game.
Reese Brons and Jeremy Dionne went toe to toe on the mound both with complete game efforts for their clubs.
Brons permitted only one hit and issued a pair of walks in a ten-strikeout complete game shutout. On the other side, Dionne kept Saskatchewan off the board for most of the game despite giving up ten hits and only picking up a pair of strikeouts.
21U Women’s Championship
In St. John’s, the gold medal game featured a nail-biting showdown between Ontario and Québec with Team Ontario coming out on top in a thrilling 6-3 finish.
Team Québec got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the second inning sparked by a Charlie Marcotte 2-RBI single.
Ontario tied the actions in the top of the fifth powered by a clutch Mayuka Nakasaka double. She would drive in four of the six Ontario runs in the ballgame, and also picking up the win on the mound.
Maika Lavallee took the loss for the Quebecois as the lefthander went two innings of three runs on three hits, while striking out two.
In the bronze medal game, Nova Scotia comes back late to win a 12-10 slugfest matchup against British Columbia.
Both pitching staffs had their hands full, as British Columbia scores ten runs on fourteen hits while Nova Scotia crossed the plate twelve times on nine hits.
A huge seven run bottom of the sixth inning powered Nova Scotia to the victory. Sophie Thimot smashed the go-ahead RBI single to complete the comeback.
The ballgame had an exciting finish as BC threaten in the top of the seventh with a couple of runners on and the winning run at the plate before Thimot induced a ground ball to second base that ended the game.
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