It was McGill’s fourth national baseball title, to go with championships won under the old CIBA banner in 1994, 2006 and 2010.
Concordia outhit McGill 7-6, but stranded nine runners on base. Jones, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound southpaw, was in control throughout,allowing no earned runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings.
“I struggled a little bit letting guys on base, but I was able to get out of it every time,” admitted the 28-year-old Jones, a first-year master’s student in internet management, who won a league title with Texas A & M Kingsville. “The offence picked me up when I needed them to and we were able to keep them from getting runs across, so it was a complete team effort tonight… It’s amazing, a great feeling to be national champions.”
Jones, who said that his pre-game mal was a Montreal bagel with cream cheese and coffee, was advised the day before that he would be getting the ball for the gold medal game if McGill won the Sunday morning semifinal, which turned out to be a 2-0 shutout over the Universite de Montreal.
“He battled through,” said Jason Starr, a former McGill player in his first year as head coach and field manager of the Redmen. “They got a couple runners on almost every inning. The first inning, (leftfielder) Alexander Levis threw a guy out at the plate, which really gave us momentum and then when we kept scoring one or two runs every inning, but (Jones) was phenomenal. They’re a good hitting team, Concordia — to shut them down to one run through seven innings is an accomplishment.”
Concordia starter Brandon Berkovits was charged with the loss. He lasted just 3.1 innings, walked three, struck out five, and allowed five runs.
Third-year Redmen shortstop Tyler Welence led McGill’s offence, getting on base three times, including a third-inning single and a sixth-inning double.
After a scoreless first inning, McGill drew first blood in the second. Rookie Rocky Hroch of Temecula, Cal. opened the scoring on a fielder’s choice to short, bringing in second-baseman Jamie Fuoco. Two plays later, Hroch came home after pitcher James Vardy of Pointe-Claire, Que. smacked a double to right field.
Concordia quickly replied with their only run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Alex Hall, closing the gap to 2–1, before McGill cashed in two more runs in the third. With the bases loaded, outfielder James Pavelick of Surrey, B.C. singled to left field, scoring Levis and shortstop Tyler Welence to make it 4–1.
Small ball paid off again in the fourth, as third-baseman Robert Sedin made it 5–1, singling to bring home Vardy. Two innings later, Welence ran in the game’s final run on a fielder’s choice from Fuoco, making it 6–1.
Winning the national championship served as vengeance for McGill against Concordia, who won five of eight matchups between the regular season and playoffs against McGill and defeated them 3–1 to capture the CCBA North Division title one week ago on Oct. 19.
“Concordia’s a good team and we said coming in that we figured the two best teams would be us and Concordia,” Starr explained. “Even the games that we lost again them by one run, we knew that if we could just do some little things better and execute and not leave runners on base, we’d have a chance. The guys came in super confident today.”
Earl Zukerman & Nick Frost
McGill Sports Info Office
CCBA CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
C Jean-Christophe Paquin (Concordia)
1B Spencer Montgomery (UNB)
2B Jamie Fuoco (McGill)
SS Matthew Litwin (Concordia)
3B Simon Brisebois (Montreal)
OF Daniel Paklarian (Concordia)
OF Andre Lagarde (Concordia)
OF Francis Desnoyers (Montreal)
DH Vincent Ally (Montreal)
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MVP: Tim Jones (McGill)
MOST OUTSTANDING HITTER: Jean-Christophe Paquin (Concordia)
MOST OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Ryan Kramer (McGill)
TOURNAMENT MVP: Tyler Welence (McGill)
CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONS
2005 Cape Breton
2011 Durham College
2012 St. Clair College
|CCBA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT BOXSCORE|
|(Game 5, Oct. 26, 2014)|
|Alex Levis LF||2||1||0||0||2||0|
|Tyler Welence SS||3||2||2||0||1||1|
|Rob Sedin 3B||2||0||1||1||1||1|
|Jamie Fuoco 2B||3||1||1||1||1||0|
|James Pavelick RF||4||0||1||2||0||1|
|Zach Aaron 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1|
|Rocky Hroch CF||4||1||0||1||0||2|
|James Vardy DH||4||1||1||1||0||1|
|Steven Rintoul C||2||0||0||0||0||1|
|Matthew Litwin SS||3||0||2||0||1||0|
|Andre Lagarde CF||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|Anthony Marandola 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3|
|Jean-Christophe Paquin C||3||0||1||0||0||1|
|Sam Lamothe 3B||2||1||1||0||1||1|
|Johnathan Raftus PR||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Daniel Paklarian LF||3||0||1||0||0||1|
|Roberto Zapata DH||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Alex Hall 2B||2||0||1||1||0||0|
|Daniel Thaw RF||2||0||0||0||0||1|
|Peter Zidros PH||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014 CCBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP RESULTS|
|(at Montreal, Que.; Oct. 24-26)|
|POOL A||POOL B|
|Holland College||Univ. of New Brunswick|
|Concordia University||Saint Mary’s University|
|McGill University||Universite de Montreal|
|DATE||WINNING TEAM||LOSING TEAM||LOCATION||TIME|
|Oct. 24||UNB 2||Holland 1||Trudeau Park||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||Concordia 15||Saint Mary’s 1||Lake Road Park||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||McGill 8||UNB 0||Trudeau Park||5 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||Concordia 5||Montreal 4||Lake Road Park||5 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||Montreal 8||Holland 0||Lake Road Park||8 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||McGill 6||Saint Mary’s 1||Trudeau Park||8 p.m.|
|Oct. 25||Concordia 4||UNB 2||Lake Road Park||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 25||Montreal 9||McGill 2||Trudeau Park||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 25||Saint Mary’s 3||Holland 2||Trudeau Park||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||Saint Mary’s 10||UNB 5||Trudeau Park||8 a.m.|
|Oct. 26||Concordia 8||Saint Mary’s 1||Trudeau Park||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 26||McGill 2||Montreal 0||Lake Road Park||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 26||McGill 6||Concordia 1||Trudeau Park||3 p.m.|