Big seventh inning sends Saskatchewan to win in placing game
MAGOG, Que. – It was a tough ending for Team P.E.I. here at the Baseball Canada 18-under national championship.
Saskatchewan erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 9-9 tie en route to a 15-9 victory in the seventh-place game on Sunday morning.
The result overshadowed a very respectable performance for P.E.I., which completed play with a .500 record – 3-3 (won-lost) – overall.
Saturday, P.E.I. completed round-robin play with a 3-1 extra-inning victory over Nova Scotia.
P.E.I. lost its first two games – 8-6 to Manitoba and 9-1 to British Columbia on Thursday – before regrouping to defeat Newfoundland and Labrador 8-6 and New Brunswick 9-8 on Friday.
Saskatchewan 15 P.E.I. 9
P.E.I. struck for a five-run third inning to open up a 6-2 lead, but Saskatchewan answered right back with three runs in the top of the fourth.
P.E.I. went up 7-5 in its half of the fourth inning, but Saskatchewan countered with a four-run fifth inning to go back in front 9-7. The Island squad scored a deuce in the sixth inning to tie the game.
Darcy Affleck of Stanhope took the pitching loss in relief of starter Brady Vandervelden of Shamrock.
Vandervelden gave up five runs (four earned), eight hits, three walks and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings. Affleck, who finished with six strikeouts, was tagged for 10 earned runs, nine hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Logan Gallant of Cornwall and Jay Oram of Summerside each had three hits to lead P.E.I.’s offence. Affleck and Matt Barlow of Summerside chipped in with two hits. Gallant and Affleck each drove in two runs while Dominique Ryan of Charlottetown scored a game-high three runs.
P.E.I. 3 Nova Scotia 1
Sam Walsh of Elliotvale prevailed over Luke Muise in an old-fashioned pitching duel. Walsh and Muise both worked all eight innings. Walsh’s line read one earned run, three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. All of P.E.I.’s runs were unearned as Muise gave up six hits and two free passes while fanning four.
Kevin MacLeod of Peakes delivered the key hit – a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning. Summerside’s Sam Cameron (2-4, run scored) and Kinkora’s Mike Lawless (1-3, run scored) also chipped in with hits for P.E.I.