By Leandro Vignoli
A three-run home run by Nicolas Favaro led B.C. Orange to a thrilling 8-7 comeback victory over Futures Navy in Tournament 12 play on Friday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
B.C. took an early 4-0 lead in the third inning as Favaro hit a deep fly ball to right field, the fourth home run of the tournament.
“I was one who hit one over here last year so I hoped I could get one,” said Favaro. “It was an awesome feeling.”
Futures Navy put together had a comeback in the bottom of the third.
Ryan Kula hit a single to get things started, Kurt Dawkins’ single to centre field put runners on first and second, and Cooper Davis got a walk before Adam Hall hit a triple on a line drive to score all three.
Hall then came home on a fielding error by third baseman Tanner Rempel to tie the game. Reese O’Farrell made it 5-4 with a single off Kyle Ross on a ground ball.
The five runs given up by B.C. Orange in the inning were more than they had allowed in total during the entire tournament (four).
Ross left after four innings giving up five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five.
“Today we missed a couple of opportunities in scoring situations, and our defence had a couple of mistakes,” Favaro said. “Other than that it was just baseball, it was completely fine, just another game.”
The game was a rematch in the tournament as B.C. Orange had won 10-0 during their first encounter on Tuesday.
“They threw a lot more strikes than the game before,” said first baseman Dakota Curry. “They hit their spots a lot better, it was harder to put the bat on the ball ”
After a fielding error and a walk in the sixth, Jesse Mycock Faure singled to give B.C. a 6-5 lead.
They scored two more thanks to a Rempel double off Navy reliever Garner Spoljaric (on the pitcher’s birthday) that scored Jordan Dray and Hayden Jaco to make it 8-5.
After scoring one more run in the seventh, Navy’s Luke Van Rycheghem had a chance for his second walk-off hit in the tournament, but was struck out by reliever Robert Hemer to end the game.
B.C. improved its record to 3-0-1 while Navy dropped to 1-3-0, eliminating them from a shot at the playoffs.
Futures Navy finished play against Atlantic Grey in the last game for both clubs later Friday night, while B.C. Orange faces Ontario Green on Saturday at 8 a.m., looking to reach first place in Pool A.