DIEPPE, N.B. – The P.E.I. Youth Selects are looking to keep building momentum going into next week’s Canada Cup 18-under baseball championship.
The Selects defeated the New Brunswick Selects 11-6 on Wednesday night as both teams wrapped up preparations for the national competition in Saskatoon, Sask.
The win capped off a successful last week for the P.E.I. team, which swept a two-game series from Nova Scotia last weekend.
In Dieppe, N.B., P.E.I. pounded out 13 hits and drew eight walks. Kyle Pinksen contributed two doubles while leadoff batter JJ Oram had two hits and scored three runs to lead a balanced offence. Overall, 10 different P.E.I. players recorded hits.
P.E.I.’s pitching was also spread out as six pitchers combined to give up seven hits over the eight-inning game. Brett Hicken pitched two scoreless innings for the win while Oram, Jed Noonan and Jayden MacLean held the New Brunswickers to one run and two hits over the last three innings to close out the game.
P.E.I. has one final tune-up game on Friday. The Selects will take on the Peakes Bombers in their final Kings County Baseball League contest at Memorial Field in Charlottetown. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Play in the Canada Cup begins on Wednesday, with P.E.I. playing Newfoundland and Labrador. Play-by-play game updates, as well as schedule, stats and rosters, can be followed online at old.baseball.ca/cup.