DARTMOUTH, N.S. – It was a heart-breaking end to Day 1 of the Baseball Canada national junior championship for Team P.E.I.
After dropping its opening game 6-0 to Ontario Team One on Thursday morning, the Island squad dropped a 4-3 decision to Saskatchewan in an afternoon contest. A P.E.I. throwing error with two outs in the top of the seventh inning resulted in Saskatchewan scoring the tying and winning runs.
P.E.I.’s Dylan McQuaid had a strong showing in the Home Run Challenge for the Cure on Wednesday. McQuaid advanced through the first round, and finished fourth overall.
P.E.I.’s next game in the 21-under tournament is against the host Dartmouth squad on Friday at noon.
Saskatchewan 4 P.E.I. 3
At Beazley Field, P.E.I. scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Nick MacPhail of Cornwall delivered the key hit – a two-run single.
Grant Grady of Freetown and Dylan McKenna of Cornwall each had two hits for P.E.I.
P.E.I. starter Brady Arsenault of Summerside threw a solid six-plus innings, allowing three unearned runs before Colin Arsenault of Summerside finished up. Arsenault finished with eight strikeouts while working around eight hits and two walks.
Pat Kelley went the distance on the hill for Saskatchewan.
Ontario 6 P.E.I. 0
At the Mainland Commons diamond, P.E.I. starter Nathan McInnis of Summerside and Ontario’s Connor Mailloux pitched shutout ball through the first 4 1/2 innings. Ontario got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, keyed by Steve Adam’s two-run single, and added three more in its half of the sixth.
Mailloux tossed a two-hitter while striking out nine and walking one in the complete-game effort. McInnis, who had one strikeout, gave up three runs (two earned), seven hits and two walks over five innings of work.
Tyson Blue of Winsloe worked the sixth inning, giving up three runs (one earned), three hits and one walk. He had no strikeouts.
McKenna and Clark Gallant of Summerside recorded P.E.I.’s hits.