2017 Canada Summer Games
Bronze Medal Match:
After a 1-hour rain delay at Shaw Park, Team Alberta faced Ontario for baseball bronze.
Ontario was the first out of the gate, scoring a single run in the first inning. Keeping their cool like they have done all week, the Alberta boys came back two innings later to score two runs. After exchanging a few scoreless innings, the team, led by Manager Dwayne Lalor, went on the offense with a 3-run inning in the sixth to secure a four-run lead.
With two innings left for Ontario to score, Alberta’s defense kicked in and managed to protect the lead through to the end.
Semi Final Match:
Team Alberta faced Manitoba in the semi-finals of the baseball tournament. The hotly anticipated match between the host nation and Alberta, the top-seeded teams in each pool, took place at Shaw park in front of close to 4000 spectators cheering on their local heroes.
The tight game took 6 innings to see the only run on the board. Manitoba opened the score thanks to Manitoba’s pinch-hitter Tanner Doyle, who hit a double to score the first and only run of the game.
In the ultimate inning, Alberta’s first batter was walked. The next batter hit a sacrifice bunt moving the runner to second base. The third batter added another runner on base thanks to a hit by pitch. After a line drive to the shortstop brought the count to two outs, the next batter was walked to load the bases. With bases loaded and two outs, the next batter hit a fly ball to right field to end the game.
Alberta will now face Ontario in the Bronze medal match, slated for Friday, August 4th at Shaw Park.
Alberta 9 Québec 5 - Alberta's offensive juggernaut continued to roll in this one as they belted out 11 hits including a solo home run from Jacob Libbus to come away with a 9-5 win over Québec to wrap up first place in Pool A. Five different Alberta hitters recorded an extra base hit while Chris Thomson earned the win on the mound with four solid innings of work with one strikeout.
Alberta 12 BC 7 - Matthew Coutney and Michael Johnson both belted home runs as Alberta outlasted BC, 12-7. Coutney erased a 2-0 BC lead in the first with a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning before Johnson added a two-run blast as part of a three-run sixth that put the game out of reach. Brayden Cust fanned five over five innings of work to recorded the win for Alberta while BC starter Madjik Mackenzie took the loss.
Alberta 6 Saskatchewan 2 - Cesar Valero belted a two run homer as Alberta capped a two-win day with a 6-2 victory over Saskatchewan to move to 4-1 and grab possession of first place in Pool A. Matthew Coutney kept his strong tournament going with three RBI inlcuding a two-run single in the fourth while Chase Florendine went 6.2 innings on the mound to record the win.
Alberta 6 Québec 4 - A three-run first inning highlighted by a Matthew Coutney two-run triple paved the way for Alberta who hung on to defeat Québec, 6-4. Alberta built a 6-0 lead after three and received a save from Liam Froment who allowed just one hit in 1.1 innings. Québec's Jason Begin went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.
Alberta 12 BC 2 - Branden Woods turned in a complete-game effort on the mound in leading Alberta to a 12-2 win over 2013 Canada Games champion, BC. Woods carried a shutout into the sixth before BC's Damiano Palmegiani belted a solo home run. Alberta received a three hit, three RBI performance from Justin Breen while Matthew Coutney and Cesar Valero had two hits apiece and drove in two runs.
Saskatchewan 3 Alberta 2 (8 innings) - An extra innings thriller saw Saskatchewan plate two runs in the top of the eighth and hold off a charging Alberta in the bottom half to come away with a 3-2 win. Starting pitchers Brendan Logan from Alberta and Saskatchewan's Brody Frerichs were magnificent with Logan tossing seven scoreless innings while Frerichs allowed just one hit over 5.2 innings.
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