Aug 9,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA- The playoff picture became a little clearer as day three of the Baseball
Canada Cup took place today at Cairns and Leakos Field’s in Saskatoon.
Host Saskatchewan earned a berth in Saturday’s semi-final game as they clinched top
spot in Pool B with a 7-4 win over PEI.
BC went 2-for-2 today with wins over Québec and Alberta as they stand alone in first
place in Pool A heading into tomorrow where round-robin play will conclude.
Here’s a look at all of the action from day three:
BC 10 Québec 4
BC starter Garrett Goodall (Nanaimo, BC) pitched a complete game, while his offence
pounded-out 16 hits en route to a 10-4 win over Québec. The kids from the west coast
scored runs in all six of their offensive innings putting up two runs in each of the
first, second, third and sixth frames. Jesse Mycock (Victoria, BC) and hayden Jaco
(Coquitlam, BC) each collected three hits and drove-in two runs, while Lichel
Hirakawa-Kao (Vancouver, BC) and Lenn Nakatsuke (Nanaimo, BC) contributed two hits
apiece with two RBI. Jonathan Martin (L’Assomption, QC) had two hits for Québec
including a triple and drove-in one run.
Alberta 7 Ontario 4
Through three innings it looked as though the Ontario/Alberta match-up was going to
be a low scoring affair but both teams offences broke-out late with Alberta coming
out in top 7-4. Alberta scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and led 7-2 after
six before holding off a late Ontario surge in the seventh to seal the victory. Kurt
Meeberg (Edmonton, AB) led the Alberta with a 4-for-4 day at the plate and scored
one run, while Sean Robbins (Edmonton, AB) collected a pair of hits. Nick Cardinal
(Bonnyville, AB) went five and one-third innings on the mound allowing two runs on
five hits and a walk, while fanning four to get credited with the win. Connor May
(Oshawa, ON) picked up a pair of hits in loss for Ontario including a double.
Manitoba 10 New Brunswick 3
Manitoba struck for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a two-run deficit
as they went on to defeat New Brunswick 10-3. New Brunswick had taken a 3-0 lead
after scoring runs in both the first and third innings before Manitoba got on the
scoreboard with a run in the fourth. Marshal Burgess (Brandon, MB) went 2-for-3 and
drove in a run for Manitoba, while teammate Mitchell Lyall (Brandon, MB) collected
two RBI as part of a 1-for-3 day at the plate with two runs scored. Manitoba starter
Brandon Hatley (Morden, MB) went six solid innings on the mound and struck out
seven. Declan Buckle (Dieppe, NB) had a pair of hits and scored two runs for New
Nova Scotia 6 Newfoundland and Labrador 5
Nova Scotia jumped out to a quick six run lead after just two innings, but
Newfoundland and Labrador clawed their way back in the game falling just short, 6-5.
Jake Sanford (Cole Harbour, NS) carried the offence for Nova Scotia with three hits
and two RBI including a run scoring single in the second. Cameron MacPherson
(Canning, NS) contributed a pair of hits including a RBI single in the first inning
and Nova Scotia starter Logan Aker (Sydney Mines, NS) picked up the complete game
win allowing only one earned run, while fanning five. Newfoundland and Labrador’s
attack was led by Riley King (Gander, NL) who knocked in one run in a 2-for-4 day at
the plate, and Parker Gulliver (St. John’s, NL) who had two RBI.
BC 9 Alberta 3
BC scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back as they
picked up their second win of the day with a 9-3 victory over Alberta. BC has won
four straight since dropping their tournament opener to give themselves a strong
chance of advancing directly to a semi-final game. Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC)
smacked two doubles and drove in two runs, while Tony Pharand (Chilliwack, BC) gave
his team five solid innings on the mound to earn the win. Alberta’s Austin
Watamaniuk (Westlock, AB) was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in the loss.
Québec 5 Ontario 2
Québec rebounded from a loss earlier in the day to defeat Ontario 5-2 and take sole
possession of second place of Pool A heading into tomorrow’s action. Oscar Rodriguez
(Montréal, QC) turned in a quality performance on the mound striking out seven and
allowed only hit and one earned run in six and two-third innings of work. Jonathan
Martin (L’Assomption, QC) was the offensive star for Québec going 4-for-4 with a
double and one RBI, while Joey Mainville (Montréal, QC) added a double and drove in
two runs. Ontario’s lone hit came in the form of a single off the bat of Jeremy
Orton (Ruthven, ON).
Saskatchewan 7 PEI 4
Host Saskatchewan kept their perfect record intact and booked a ticket into Sunday’s
semi-final game with a 7-4 win over PEI. Danny Berg (Saskatoon, SK) was the story on
the mound earning the complete game victory that included seven strikeouts. Berg
received plenty of offence as five Saskatchewan players had multi-hit games
including Brayden Resch (Saskatoon, SK) who had a double, triple and one RBI, while
Brett Esau (Meadow Lake, SK) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Kyle Pinksen
(Kensington, PE) had three hits for PEI, while Darcy Affleck (Stratford, PE) drove
Up Next: Tournament play continues tomorrow with six games scheduled. Round-robin
play will conclude following the 5pm EST Alberta/Québec game with the first playoff
game scheduled for 9pm EST. Action begins tomorrow at 11am EST.
Follow all of the action live!
Live Scoring via Pointstreak
Live Stream (Cairns Field only)
Baseball Canada Cup website (Standings, schedule, scores)