VAUGHAN, Ont. – There would be no comeback for P.E.I.’s Summerside Chevys this time.
Just a few hours after overcoming a five-run deficit in their last at-bat, P.E.I.’s rally fell just short against New Brunswick. The results left the Chevys with a 1-1 (won-lost) record after the opening day of the Baseball Canada national bantam championship.
The Island representative rallied for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a five-run deficit and pull out an 11-10 walk-off win over Manitoba in the opening game of the 15-under tournament on Thursday morning. Ben Christopher scored the winning run with two outs.
P.E.I. trailed New Brunswick 5-0 after three innings, but cut that deficit to two runs and had the tying runs on second and third base when the game’s final out was recorded. New Brunswick prevailed 6-4.
The Chevys have two games scheduled for Friday against Nova Scotia at 9:30 a.m., Atlantic time, and Newfoundland and Labrador at 3:30 p.m.
Chevys 11 Manitoba 10 (8 innings)
Manitoba, which outhit Summerside 15-9, scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a seemingly comfortable 10-5 advantage.
P.E.I. held four different one-run leads – 1-0, 2-1, 4-3 and 5-4 – throughout the back-and-forth game.
Elijah Hood and Logan MacDougall each had two hits for the Island squad while Brandon Condon, who hit a triple, 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 P.E.I. in the last inning.
Gabriel Penalver earned the pitching win in relief. Ethan Francis had a strong showing on the mound for P.E.I., giving up one run in four innings of work while recording seven strikeouts.
New Brunswick 6 Chevys 4
P.E.I. starter Laporte, who gave up four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, was tagged with the loss. Logan MacDougall, who allowed one run in three innings, and Karson Myers worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, provided solid relief pitching.
Hickey led the Chevys with a 2-for-4 batting summary while five other players recorded one hit each. They were Platts, McQuaid, Francis, Coleton Perry and Dawson McCormack.