CCBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: McGill conquers Concordia, claims national baseball crown for fourth time

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McGill Redmen pose for 2014 CCBA national championship team photo

McGill Redmen pose for 2014 CCBA national championship team photo


COTE ST. LUC, Que – Game MVP Tim Jones of Lake Jackson, Texas, gave himself a pretty special birthday gift with a complete game, eight-strikeout performance as McGill University cruised to a 6-1 victory over Concordia to capture the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship, Sunday, at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park.

The Redmen won four of their five games in the six-team CCBA tourney to collect their fourth national baseball title, including 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 business, who previoiusly won a league title with Texas A & M Kingsville, where he earned a BA in sports business. “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 meal 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 now in his third 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 – (Andre Lagarde attempting to score on a line drive single by J.C. Paquin) – which really gave us momentum and then 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, three of them unearned.

Shortstop Tyler Welence led McGill’s offence, getting on base three times, including a third-inning single and a sixth-inning double. A bio-resource engineering junior from Ridgewood, N.J., Welence was named tournament MVP. Over the five games, he batted .529 (9-for-17), with two walks, a pair of doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored.

After a scoreless first inning, McGill drew first blood in the second. Rookie centrefielder Rocky Hroch of Temecula, Calif., opened the scoring on a fielder’s choice to short, bringing in second-baseman Jamie Fuoco, a junior from Pierrefonds, Que. Two plays later, Hroch came home after designated-hitter 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. But McGill cashed in two more runs in the third. With the bases loaded, right-fielder James Pavelick of Surrey, B.C., singled to left, scoring both Levis and Welence to make it 4-1.

“Small ball” paid off again in the fourth, as third-baseman Robert Sedin of Sunnyvale, Calif., made it 5-1 with an RBI-single to bring home Vardy. Two innings later, Welence tallied the game’s final run on a fielder’s choice by Fuoco.

Winning the national championship served as vengeance for McGill against Concordia, who won five of the previous eight matchups against the Redmen this fall, including a 3-1 decision to capture the CCBA Northern Division title 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,” added Starr, who also won national titles as a position coach with the Redmen in 2006 and 2010. “Even the games that we lost against 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.”

REDMEN RAP: McGill posted a stellar 21-9 record on the campaign overall, including a 14-6 regular season mark… The Redmen collected three of the four CCBA major post-game honours, including the most outstanding pitcher award, which went to Ryan Kramer, who struck out 13 and gave up just three hits in a 2-0 shutout over Montreal in the Sunday morning semifinal…. The others went to the aforementioned Jones and Welence… McGill seniors expected to graduate include outfielders Adam Gordon and Daniel Porter, along with pitchers Landen Moore, Elliott Ariganello and Simon Ehrmantraut.

SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman & Nick Frost
McGill Sports Info Office
514-983-7012

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

1994 McGill
1995 Laval
1996 Dalhousie
1997 McMaster
1998 Brock
1999 Brock
2000 Laval
2001 Laval
2002 Laval
2003 UNB
2004 Queen’s
2005 Cape Breton
2006 McGill
2007 UNB
2008 UNB
2009 Concordia
2010 McGill
2011 Durham College
2012 St. Clair College
2013 Windsor
2014 McGill

CCBA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT BOXSCORE
(Game 5, Oct. 26, 2014)
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
McGill 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 6 6 2
Concordia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
McGill University
McGill Batting AB R H RBI BB K
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 HrochCF 4 1 0 1 0 2
James Vardy DH 4 1 1 1 0 1
Steven Rintoul C 2 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 27 6 6 6 6 8
McGill Batting Highlights

2B:Tyler Welence, James Vardy
TB:Jamie Fuoco, Tyler Welence3, Rob Sedin, James Pavelick, James Vardy2
RBI:Jamie Fuoco, Rocky Hroch, Rob Sedin, James Pavelick2, James Vardy
SAC:Rob Sedin, Steven Rintoul
ROE:Zach Aaron, James Vardy
FC:Jamie Fuoco2, Rocky Hroch

McGill Totals

Team QAB:16 (45.71%)
Jamie Fuoco, Rocky Hroch, Tyler Welence3, Rob Sedin3, Steven Rintoul2, Zach Aaron, Alex Levis3, James Pavelick, James Vardy

Team LOB:8

McGill Fielding

E:Jamie Fuoco, Tim Jones

McGill Pitching IP #P TB H R ER BB K HR S%
Tim Jones 7.0 114 35 7 1 0 2 8 0 .693
Totals 7.0 114 35 7 1 0 2 8 0 .693
McGill Pitching Highlights

W:Tim Jones
WP:Tim Jones
Pitches-Strikes:Tim Jones114-79
Groundouts-Flyouts:Tim Jones4-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced:Tim Jones18-30

Concordia University
Concordia Batting AB R H RBI BB K
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
Totals 27 1 7 1 2 8
Concordia Batting Highlights

2B:Alex Hall, Roberto Zapata
TB:Sam Lamothe, Alex Hall2, Roberto Zapata2, Matthew Litwin2, Jean-Christophe Paquin, Daniel Paklarian
RBI:Alex Hall
SF:Alex Hall
ROE:Roberto Zapata, Matthew Litwin
FC:Andre Lagarde2
SB:Roberto Zapata

Concordia Totals

Team QAB:15 (50.00%)
Sam Lamothe2, Alex Hall2, Roberto Zapata2, Andre Lagarde, Matthew Litwin2, Anthony Marandola, Daniel Thaw, Jean-Christophe Paquin2, Daniel Paklarian

Team LOB:7

Concordia Fielding

E:Alex Hall, Matthew Litwin

ConcordiaPitching IP #P TB H R ER BB K HR S%
Brandon Berkovits 3.1 61 23 4 5 2 3 5 0 .623
Sam Belisle-Springer 0.2 17 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 .529
Andre Lagarde 3.0 47 24 1 1 1 2 2 0 .489
Totals 7.0 125 55 6 6 3 6 8 0 .560
Concordia Pitching Highlights

L:Brandon Berkovits
WP:Andre Lagarde2
Pitches-Strikes:Brandon Berkovits61-38, Sam Belisle-Springer17-9, Andre Lagarde47-23
Groundouts-Flyouts:Brandon Berkovits3-1, Sam Belisle-Springer0-0, Andre Lagarde2-4
First pitch strikes-Batters faced:Brandon Berkovits13-19, Sam Belisle-Springer2-4, Andre Lagarde5-12

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.
TIE-BREAKER:
Oct. 26 Saint Mary’s 10 UNB 5 Trudeau Park 8 a.m.
SEMIFINALS:
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.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Oct. 26 McGill 6 Concordia 1 Trudeau Park 3 p.m.
2014 CCBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Oct. 26/14)
McGill 6, Concordia 1
Play-by-Play (in reverse order from 7th inn to first inn)
Automatic Update
Score ? Bottom of the 7th Concordia University Away Home
5. Marandola, #18 struck out swinging [Jones, #24] 6 1
4. Lagarde, #2 struck out swinging [Jones, #24] 6 1
3. Litwin, #13 singled to CF, (fly ball) [R Hroch] A Hall advanced to 3rd 6 1
2. Zidros, #11 flied out to 2B, (popup) [J Fuoco] 6 1
1. Hall, #20 doubled to CF, (fly ball) [R Hroch] 6 1
Score ? Top of the 7th McGill University Away Home
3. Vardy, #51 struck out swinging [Lagarde, #2] 6 1
2. Hroch, #26 flied out to CF, (fly ball) [D Thaw] 6 1
1. Aaron, #22 flied out to RF, (fly ball) [R Zapata] 6 1
Score ? Bottom of the 6th Concordia University Away Home
4. Zapata, #4 flied out to RF, (fly ball) [J Pavelick] 6 1
3. Paklarian, #46 struck out swinging [Jones, #24] 6 1
2. Lamothe, #19 walked [Jones, #24] 6 1
1. Paquin, #8 out at first on dropped 3rd strike [S Rintoul, Z Aaron] 6 1
Score ? Top of the 6th McGill University Away Home
6. Pavelick, #28 grounded out to P, (ground ball) [A Lagarde, A Marandola] 6 1
5. Fuoco, #25 reached on fielder’s choice to P, (ground ball) [A Lagarde, A Hall, M Litwin] T Welence scored, R Sedin out at 2nd 6 1
4. Sedin, #10 walked [Lagarde, #2] 5 1
3. Welence, #14 advanced to 3rd on wild pitch 5 1
2. Welence, #14 doubled to LF, (fly ball) [D Paklarian] 5 1
1. Levis, #23 lined out to 1B, (line drive) [A Marandola] 5 1
Score ? Bottom of the 5th Concordia University Away Home
4. Marandola, #18 struck out looking [Jones, #24] 5 1
3. Lagarde, #2 grounded out to 1B, (hard ground ball) [Z Aaron] M Litwin advanced to 2nd 5 1
2. Litwin, #13 reached on error by 2B [J Fuoco] to 2B, (ground ball) [J Fuoco] 5 1
1. Thaw, #24 flied out to LF, (fly ball) [A Levis] 5 1
Score ? Top of the 5th McGill University Away Home
5. Rintoul, #16 grounded out to 1B, (ground ball) [A Marandola] 5 1
4. Vardy, #51 flied out to LF, (fly ball) [D Paklarian] 5 1
3. Aaron, #22 advanced to 2nd on wild pitch 5 1
2. Hroch, #26 struck out swinging [Lagarde, #2] 5 1
1. Aaron, #22 walked [Lagarde, #2] 5 1
Score ? Bottom of the 4th Concordia University Away Home
4. Hall, #20 grounded out to SS, (ground ball) [T Welence, Z Aaron] 5 1
3. Zapata, #4 doubled to CF, (line drive) [R Hroch] 5 1
2. Paklarian, #46 grounded out to 2B, (ground ball) [J Fuoco, Z Aaron] 5 1
1. Lamothe, #19 out at first on dropped 3rd strike [S Rintoul] 5 1
Score ? Top of the 4th McGill University Away Home
7. Pavelick, #28 struck out swinging [Belisle-Springer, #12] 5 1
6. Fuoco, #25 reached on fielder’s choice to 2B, (ground ball) [A Hall, J Paquin] A Levis out at home, T Welence advanced to 3rd, R Sedin advanced to 2nd 5 1
5. Sedin, #10 singled to SS, (ground ball) [M Litwin] J Vardy scored, A Levis advanced to 3rd, T Welence advanced to 2nd 5 1
4. Welence, #14 walked [Belisle-Springer, #12] J Vardy advanced to 3rd, A Levis advanced to 2nd 4 1
3. Levis, #23 walked [Berkovits, #9] 4 1
2. Rintoul, #16 sacrificed [B Berkovits, A Marandola] J Vardy advanced to 2nd 4 1
1. Vardy, #51 reached on error by SS [M Litwin] to SS, (ground ball) [M Litwin] 4 1
Score ? Bottom of the 3rd Concordia University Away Home
5. Paquin, #8 flied out to LF, (fly ball) [A Levis] 4 1
4. Lagarde, #2 advanced to 2nd on wild pitch 4 1
3. Marandola, #18 struck out swinging [Jones, #24] 4 1
2. Lagarde, #2 reached on fielder’s choice to 3B, (ground ball) [R Sedin, J Fuoco] M Litwin out at 2nd 4 1
1. Litwin, #13 singled to LF, (ground ball) [A Levis] 4 1
Score ? Top of the 3rd McGill University Away Home
8. Hroch, #26 struck out swinging [Berkovits, #9] 4 1
7. Aaron, #22 struck out swinging [Berkovits, #9] 4 1
6. Welence, #14 scored on last play 4 1
5. Pavelick, #28 singled to LF, (hard ground ball) [D Paklarian] A Levis scored, T Welence advanced to 3rd, J Fuoco advanced to 2nd 3 1
4. Fuoco, #25 intentionally walked [Berkovits, #9] 2 1
3. Sedin, #10 sacrificed [S Lamothe, A Marandola] A Levis advanced to 3rd, T Welence advanced to 2nd 2 1
2. Welence, #14 singled to CF, (line drive) [A Lagarde] A Levis advanced to 2nd 2 1
1. Levis, #23 walked [Berkovits, #9] 2 1
Score ? Bottom of the 2nd Concordia University Away Home
8. Thaw, #24 struck out swinging [Jones, #24] 2 1
7. Zapata, #4 stole 2nd 2 1
6. Zapata, #4 held up at 1st 2 1
5. Hall, #20 hit sacrifice fly [J Pavelick] S Lamothe scored, R Zapata advanced to 2nd 2 1
4. Paklarian, #46 out at 2nd advancing on play [Z Aaron, T Welence] 2 0
3. Zapata, #4 reached on error by P [T Jones] to P, (ground ball) [T Jones] S Lamothe advanced to 3rd, D Paklarian advanced to 2nd 2 0
2. Paklarian, #46 singled to CF, (line drive) [R Hroch] S Lamothe advanced to 2nd 2 0
1. Lamothe, #19 singled to 2B, (line drive) [J Fuoco] 2 0
Score ? Top of the 2nd McGill University Away Home
8. Rintoul, #16 struck out swinging [Berkovits, #9] 2 0
7. Hroch, #26 scored on last play 2 0
6. Vardy, #51 doubled to RF, (fly ball) [D Thaw] R Hroch advanced to 3rd 1 0
5. Hroch, #26 reached on fielder’s choice to SS, (ground ball) [M Litwin, A Hall] J Fuoco scored, Z Aaron out at 2nd 1 0
4. Fuoco, #25 advanced to 3rd on last play 0 0
3. Aaron, #22 reached on error by 2B [A Hall] to 2B, (ground ball) [A Hall] J Fuoco advanced to 2nd 0 0
2. Pavelick, #28 flied out to RF, (fly ball) [D Thaw] 0 0
1. Fuoco, #25 singled to 3B, (ground ball) [S Lamothe] 0 0
Score ? Bottom of the 1st Concordia University Away Home
5. Lagarde, #2 out at home advancing on play [A Levis, S Rintoul] 0 0
4. Paquin, #8 singled to LF, (line drive) [A Levis] A Lagarde advanced to 3rd 0 0
3. Marandola, #18 grounded out to 1B, (ground ball) [Z Aaron] A Lagarde advanced to 2nd 0 0
2. Lagarde, #2 reached on fielder’s choice to 3B, (bunt) [R Sedin, J Fuoco] M Litwin out at 2nd 0 0
1. Litwin, #13 walked [Jones, #24] 0 0
Score ? Top of the 1st McGill University Away Home
3. Sedin, #10 struck out looking [Berkovits, #9] 0 0
2. Welence, #14 struck out looking [Berkovits, #9] 0 0
1. Levis, #23 grounded out to 2B, (ground ball) [A Hall, A Marandola] 0 0

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