Barlow, Pinksen two of tournament’s offensive leaders
VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Kensington/Cornwall Crusaders finished a respectable sixth overall at the Baseball Canada national bantam championships here over the weekend.
The Crusaders finished the four-day event, which featured the provincial champions from all 10 provinces along with the host Vaughan team, at 3-4 (won-lost).
The Crusaders defeated New Brunswick 7-3 on Saturday to complete round-robin play at 3-2. The P.E.I. representatives then hung in with a strong Quebec team until the late innings in a 16-6 loss in a crossover game on Saturday night, setting the stage for a fifth-place showdown with Vaughan on Sunday afternoon.
The Island squad jumped out to a 5-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings, but Vaughan answered with eight runs in its half of the fourth inning to take a 10-5 lead en route to an 11-5 victory.
Top offensive performers
The Crusaders’ Matt Barlow led the tournament in batting with a .632 average.
Kyle Pinksen, who tied for the tournament lead with eight runs batted in, was also tied for third in batting with a .500 average. Riley Gallant of Kensington was tied for third in runs batted in – 6.
Ontario defeated British Columbia 8-1 in the final while Quebec topped 5-1 in the bronze-medal game.