October 22nd, 2017

Hat suffers setback at Canadians


By Ryan McCracken on August 5, 2017.

rmccracken@medicinehatnews.com@MHNMcCracken

Medicine Hat suffered a setback at the hands of Quebec’s Mirabel Diamond Academy on Saturday at Lovell McDonnell Field.

Louis-Felix Anderson led the push with a staggering 7 RBI — including a pair of three-run home runs — to help Diamond send Medicine Hat off the field early in an 18-3, four-inning loss at the Canadian Little League Championship.

Medicine Hat held a 2-1 lead after the first inning thanks to an RBI error off the bat of Kevan Schafer and a run-scoring double from Trevin Ressler, but Quebec fired back with two runs in the second and three more in the third before running away with the game in a 10-run fourth inning.

Noah Derouin added a solo home run for Medicine Hat in the second, but the host’s offence was stymied by winning pitcher Robert Bordeaux — who allowed one run on four hits through two innings — and Leonard Lamoureux, who put up a zero to end the game in the fourth.

Schafer took the loss for Medicine Hat after allowing eight runs on eight hits through 2 and 1/3 innings. Wyatt Bishop and Gavin Smith both had two hits for the hosts in the loss.

Quebec improved to 2-1 with the victory while Medicine Hat fell to 1-2. The hosts will look to get back on track when they host the Lethbridge Southwest (1-2) All Stars Sunday at 5 p.m., while Diamond Academy will return to the field Monday to take on the Glace Bay Colonels (0-2) at 5 p.m.

Port Arthur Nationals 12, Lethbridge Southwest All Stars 1

Liam Willmore shouldered the load for the Port Arthur Nationals on Saturday at Lovell McDonnell Field.

The Nats starting arm held the Lethbridge Southwest All Stars to four hits through four-plus innings while driving in 4 RBI to lead his squad to a 12-1 victory and a 3-0 record at the Canadian Little League Championship.

While Lethbridge’s pitching staff managed to keep one of the hottest offences of the tournament in check in the early going, Willmore made sure it didn’t matter. The Thunder Bay product struck out three without allowing a hit through the first two frames while driving in the opening run with a double in the first inning.

A pair of errors in the second put  the Nationals firmly in control with a 3-0 lead, and with Southwest starter Zayne Wittke out of the game to start the third, Port Arthur took over.

Willmore struck again for another RBI two-bagger that sent Mike Danchuk to third, then Nolan Height doubled to bring them both home.

Willmore then singled in the fifth and came around to score on a wild pitch before coming back up and hitting a 2-RBI single later in the frame — capping off a six-run inning that also featured an RBI single from Evan Lachimea and a 2-RBI double off the bat of Jack Pineau.

Lethbridge finally managed to chase Willmore in the fifth after a Riley Pearce single and an error put two men on to start the inning. Jackson Dubinsky entered in relief and allowed an RBI single to Lyle Steadman — with the run charged to Willmore — before closing out the mercy rule victory.

Wittke took the loss despite holding Port Arthur to three runs on two hits through the first two innings.

Willmore finished the game with as many hits as he allowed in a 4-for-4 effort.

Port Arthur will take on White Rock (2-0) in a battle of the tournament’s only two remaining undefeated teams Sunday at 2 p.m. Lethbridge — who dropped to 1-2 with the loss — will look to get back on track in Sunday’s battle of Alberta against Medicine Hat (1-1) at 5 p.m.

White Rock All Stars 15, Glace Bay Colonels 6

The White Rock All Stars shook off a rough start and climbed to 2-0 at the Canadian Little League Championship with a 15-6 win over the Glace Bay Colonels Saturday at Lovell McDonnell Field.

The Colonels (0-2) jumped all over White Rock after holding them off the board in the top of the first. Brayden McDonald, Hudson Clarke, Kolby Campbell, Wyatt Wells and Brady Doucette all registered an RBI in the frame for five runs on three hits and a pair of fielding errors, but White Rock immediately returned the favour in the second.

A sacrifice fly from Ty Flvet put the All Stars on the board, then Ben Chowen followed it up with a 2-RBI base knock before Robert Orr and Chase Marshall added a pair of run-scoring singles to knot up the game.

While the Colonels regained a narrow lead on an RBI double from Dawson Byrne in the bottom of the second, White Rock once again answered in bunches.

Ryan Hefflick evened things back up with a single in the fourth, then Lachlan Scardina laced a three-run shot over the outfield fence to take his team’s first lead into the break.

But they didn’t stop there. Hefflick struck again for a 2-RBI single in the fifth — finishing his day with 4-for-4 with 3 RBI — then Orr put the game away with another three-run long ball in the sixth. The hit would have been a grand slam, but a wild pitch drove in a run just before the home run. Orr finished the day 5-for-5 with 4 RBI, while Flvet went 3-for-3.

Nathaniel Factor earned the victory for White Rock after stepping in to relieve starter Chowen in the third. Factor immediately silenced Glace Bay’s offence, holding them hitless while striking out six of a possible eight batters before leaving the mound after 2 and 1/3 innings.

Doucette took the loss for Glace Bay after entering in relief of Wells in the fourth and allowing four runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Glace Bay returns to the field Sunday to take on the Regina Kiwanis All Stars at 11 p.m., while White Rock will face the Port Arthur Nationals Sunday at 2 p.m.


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