U21 Men’s International Softball Championship – Day 3 Results
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on July 12, 2013
(Saskatoon, SK) The U21 Men’s International Softball Championship is in full swing in Saskatoon, SK, with the third day of competition being completed on Thursday. Friday is the final day of round-robin play, as the playoffs will begin on Saturday.
In the first game of the day, Alberta overcame a 6-2 deficit by scoring nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to pick up the win. Nova Scotia jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs on errors in the top of the first, and added two runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings. However, Alberta loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, and tied the game on a grand slam by Keegan Arcand. Brett Larson followed with a solo homerun, while Taylor Schubada and Ambrose Firkus each added two-run doubles. Colby Lanceleve hit a two-run homerun in the top of the seventh, but that was as close as Nova Scotia could get.
Argentina overcame a 7-2 deficit after three innings to defeat Quebec by a score of 10-9. Quebec scored three runs on four hits in the top of the first before Argentina scored two of their own in the bottom of the first. Quebec then added four runs to their lead in the third highlighted by a bases loaded single by Alexandre Lemieux that ended up scoring three runs on an error by the catcher, with Lemieux later scoring on a sacrifice fly. Argentina got back in the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth, two of which were scored on a homerun by Franco Ortellado. Quebec responded with two runs in the fifth inning, but Argentina got those runs right back in the bottom. Argentina then completed the comeback by scoring two runs on a single by Alan Peker and the winning run on a single by Matias Cano. Quebec got a runner on base in the top of the seventh but could not score to tie the game. Lemieux hit a triple, drove in three runs and scored three more for Quebec. Roman Godoy Herbel earned the win in the pitcher’s circle for Argentina by throwing two scoreless innings of relief.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s pitching combination of Colin Walsh and Johnny Doyle combined for a five inning one-hitter and the offence provided six homeruns to defeat British Columbia. Ryan Kirk got things started offensively for Newfoundland and Labrador with a two-run homerun in the top of the first inning, and after BC scored a run in the bottom of the second on a single by Brady Quaite, Walsh and Daniel Dalton each hit solo homeruns to start the inning and Kirk hit his second two-run homerun of the game later in the inning. In the top of the fourth, Dalton hit an RBI single; Jeremy O’Rielly added a grand slam and Mark Power hit a solo homerun to add to NL’s lead. BC scored a run on an illegal pitch in the bottom of the fifth, but ended up on the losing end of the game on the run rule.
New Brunswick fought back from a pair of one-run deficits to push the game to extra innings, but New Zealand exploded for six runs in the top of the eighth to earn the win. NZ pitcher Ben Watts and NB pitcher Braden Scott engaged in a great pitching duel throughout the game. NZ scored a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly, and from there the pitching took over until New Brunswick tied the game on a solo homerun by Devon McKenzie in the bottom of the fifth. New Zealand got that run right back by scoring on a passed ball in the top of the sixth, but New Brunswick came back to tie the game again in the bottom of the seventh on an error. In the top of the eighth, New Zealand got two-run singles by Bradley Bennett and Josh Gettins, as well as a two-run double by Tim Campbell to put the game out of reach.
After a pair of close wins earlier in the tournament, Saskatchewan had an offensive outburst to defeat the Northwest Territories. Eleven different players registered hits for Team Sask, including a four-for-four performance with a homerun and four runs scored for Brayden Knackstedt, while Darren McCullough added a solo homerun and three runs batted in and Josh Elliot providing three hits and three RBIs. Team NWT produced eight runs on 10 hits, led by Dylan Klassen with two hits including a three-run homerun and Ryan Hepburn with a two-run shot. Luke White also chipped in with a double, a single and two runs batted in.
Ontario pitchers Ty Sebastian and Cole Bolton limited Manitoba to one hit over five innings, while Sebastian increased his tournament-leading homerun total to five with a pair of homeruns to propel Ontario to the win. Sebastian drove in four runs in total, while Travis Jones contributed a solo homerun and Cody Werner had a triple, a single and two runs batted in. Kinnan Stevenson-French registered Manitoba’s hit.
After a big win earlier in the day, Newfoundland and Labrador’s bats stayed hot by pounding out 13 runs on 16 hits against the previously unbeaten Argentineans. Argentina got on the board early with a pair of runs in the top of the first on a solo homerun by Matias Cano and an RBI single by Facundo Carril, but NL responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double by Jeremy O’Rielly and RBI singles by Ryan Kirk and Johnny Doyle. Team NL then scored seven runs on seven hits in the second on a two-run triple by O’Rielly, a two-run single by Troy Leonard and three RBI singles by Colin Walsh, Daniel Dalton and Ryan Kirk. Argentina scored a run on a passed ball in the third, but NL scored two more on a homerun by O’Rielly, who drove in five runs in the win.
Saskatchewan kept rolling offensively by scoring 19 runs on 20 hits to defeat Quebec, with 13 of those hits going for extra bases. Brayden Knackstedt and Brandon Dauvin each had two extra-base hits and drove in four runs for Saskatchewan, while Anthony Climenhaga had a homerun, a double and drove in three. Darren McCullough and Joel Hamilton also contributed with three hits apiece. Team Quebec scored three runs in the third and four in the fifth, led offensively by François-Charles René who had two hits and an RBI. Samuel B. Desmarais also drove in a run.
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