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 1Ž2 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.
Crusaders 7 N.B. 3
Winning pitcher Patrick Gallant worked 4 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball in leading the Crusaders. Hunter McQuaid worked the final 2 1/3 innings.
Barlow and Pinksen each went 3-for-4 to lead the Crusaders’ offence. Pinksen also drove in three runs while Gallant chipped in with a pair of hits.
Quebec 16 Crusaders 6
The Crusaders fell behind 4-0 after three innings, but closed to within 6-4 after 4 1Ž2 innings. However, Quebec answered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and added six more in the sixth after the Crusaders scored twice in the top of the inning to win by the 10-run rule.
Derian Johnson was the pitcher of record for the Crusaders.
Jayden MacLean, who went 2-for-2, scored a run and drove in a pair of runs, was the top hitter for the Kensington/Cornwall team.
Vaughan 11 Crusaders 5
MacLean, who worked three innings took the loss against Vaughan. Barlow pitched the other three frames.
Eight different players – Pinksen, Johnson, Gallant, MacLean, Brandon Watts, Logan MacDougall, Jordan Montgomery and Ben Christopher – recorded hits for the Crusaders.
Ontario defeated British Columbia 8-1 in the final while Quebec topped 5-1 in the bronze-medal game.