Baseball Canada Championships Conclude
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.
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