VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Summerside Chevys won their opening game at the Baseball Canada national bantam championship in wild and dramatic fashion on Thursday morning.
The P.E.I. representative rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a five-run deficit and edge Manitoba 11-10. Ben Christopher scored the winning run with two outs.
It was the opening round-robin game for both teams in the 15-under tournament. The Chevys are back in action on Thursday afternoon, taking on New Brunswick at 3:30 p.m., Atlantic time.
Manitoba, which outhit Summerside 15-9, scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a seemingly comfortable 10-5 advantage into the bottom half of the frame.
The Chevys held four different one-run leads – 1-0, 2-1, 4-3 and 5-4 – throughout the game.
Elijah Hood and Logan MacDougall each had two hits for the Chevys, and Brandon Condon drove in two runs. Hood and Chandler Laporte each scored two runs for the Chevys.
Laporte, Hood, Liam Arsenault, Gavin Hickey and Brett Platts also crossed home plate for the Chevys in the last inning.
Gabriel Penalver earned the pitching win in relief.