Canadians lose first tune-up to Olympic Qualifier
KISSIMMEE, FL – Baseball Canada’s national senior team lost 9-1 to Puerto Rico, Sunday, in the squad’s first of three exhibition games in preparation for the Americas Olympic Qualifier next week.
The test, which was part of Canada’s five-day training camp came less than 24 hours after players arrived in Kissimmee from their respective clubs in Canada, the United States and as far away as Taiwan.
Ben Van Iderstine (Regina, Sask.) accounted for the lone Canadian run with a solo-home run to left-centre field in the top of the sixth.
Puerto Rico meanwhile, was a free-swinging bunch, doing most of their damage early in the count. After Canadian starter Aaron Myette (New Westminster, B.C.) gave up one un-earned run in the first inning, the Puerto Ricans scored four in the second behind a hit batsman, two doubles a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Canada threatened by getting their first two runners on in both the third and fifth innings, but failed to score both times. The Puerto Ricans piled on three more runs in the sixth inning for the 9-1 final.
Sebastien Boucher (Ottawa, Ont.) was 2-for-3 and was hit twice while Matt Rogelstad (Coquitlam, B.C.) was 1-for-4 with a double.
Canada’s next exhibition match-up comes against the United States, Tuesday, at the Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fl. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Playoffs set for Baseball Canada Cup and Bantam Girls Championship
The playoff picture at both the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup and Bantam Girls Championship has become clear with the completion of Saturday’s games.
First looking at the Cup, third place Pool A finisher Ontario (2-2) will take on Pool A second place finisher Québec (3-1) in the first semi final game, to be played 9:30 AM Sunday at Jeffries Park.
The other semi-final, set for 10:30 AM, also at Athletic Park, will showcase Pool B first place team New Brunswick (4-0) up against British Columbia (3-1), the top team from Pool A.
Clinching first place after defeating Alberta 11-9 in extra innings, B.C. right fielder Derek Sinke went 3-for-4, with 2 RBI, also scoring the game’s winning run in the top of the seventh inning.
Despite having the same tournament record as Québec, B.C. merited first place by winning their head-to-head match-up.
The Bronze and Gold Medal Games are scheduled for 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM respectively, and will both take place at Athletic Park, Sunday.
In addition, Sunday will also bare Newfoundland/Labrador (0-4) versus Nova Scotia (1-3), Manitoba (2-2) up against Alberta (0-3), and Saskatchewan (2-2) versus Prince Edward Island (3-1), all in placement games.
In other Saturday Cup action, Nova Scotia beat Newfoundland and Labrador 6-3 on the heels of centre fielder Jeremy Wade’s 2-for-4 performance in the contest.
For full box scores, schedules, and other information, please visit www.baseball.ca/cup/
Turning to the Bantam Girls Championship, after a dominating 39-0 win over host Grande Prairie, B.C. clinched possession of first place in Pool B, and will play Alberta (2-1) 9:00 AM Sunday morning at Field 1 in the first semi-final.
B.C. centre fielder Toni Schutte and first baseman Melissa Ross each contributed with 6 RBI in the shortened five-inning game.
The second semi-final, set for 9:00 AM at Field 2, will showcase Pool B second place finisher Manitoba (3-1) versus Pool A first place team Saskatchewan (3-0).
Manitoba secured its spot in the semis by defeating Nova Scotia 16-6 Saturday afternoon. Leadoff hitter Candis Mullin was 3-for-4 in the contest, leading the Manitoba offence.
The winners will face off in the tournament final, set for 6:00 PM Sunday, while the Bronze medal game is scheduled for 3:00 PM, both at Field 1.
In addition, two placement games will take place: Québec (1-2) versus Ontario (2-2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (0-3) versus host Grande Prairie (1-3).
For more information on the Bantam Girls Championship, please visit www.baseball.ca/bantamgirls/
New Brunswick and P.E.I. Remain Undefeated at Cup
In more Friday action from the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup, New Brunswick improved their record to 3-0, first defeating Newfoundland and Labrador 14-4, and later topping Manitoba 11-3.
New Brunswick third baseman Brett Tracy-Gould went 4-for-5, driving in three, and scoring twice to help propel his team past the pesky Newfoundland and Labrador squad.
In their win against Manitoba, N.B. right fielder Joel Arbeau’s three-run home run capped off a five-run third inning, which saw New Brunswick send eight hitters to the plate, paving the way for the victory.
In addition, P.E.I. stayed on pace in their bid to remain atop the Pool B standings, drawing even with New Brunswick and remaining 3-0, after coming away with an 8-3 victory over Nova Scotia.
P.E.I. starting pitcher Rob Phalen hurled a complete game six hitter, striking out five, and only walking two.
In other action, British Columbia came away with an extra inning 4-2 win versus Ontario, evening their tournament record to 1-1 thus far.
A one out, 2 RBI single by pinch hitter Peter Dekker gave B.C. the lead, and a scoreless eighth secured the extra-inning complete game win for B.C. pitcher Dan Britton-Foster.
As well, in a battle between two unbeaten teams, Quebec out-lasted Saskatchewan 11-3, improving to 3-0, and claiming first place in Pool A.
Third baseman/first baseman Philippe Delisle stepped up as Quebec’s offensive catalyst, driving in five runs with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
In the day’s final match up, Ontario shutout Alberta 14-0 in five innings, and improved to 1-2 on the tournament.
Catcher Steven Bane sparked the Ontario offence, going 2-for-3 at the plate, and driving in an impressive six runs.
For more information and complete box scores from the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup, please visit the championship website at www.baseball.ca/cup/
Day 3 to Decide Standings at Bantam Girls Championship
Bantam Girls Friday afternoon action saw a number of key match ups: Alberta defeated Quebec 7-4, evening both teams’ records at 1-1 in Pool A; Manitoba edged Ontario 6-5, creating a log jam in the middle of Pool B with both teams sporting a 2-1 record; Saskatchewan mightily took care of Newfoundland/Labrador 23-4; and host Grande Prairie registered their first tournament win with a 17-4 victory over Nova Scotia.
Highlights from the games included:
Alberta right fielder Royal Richardson went 2-for-4, with 2 RBI, helping her team cross the plate four times in the final inning to defeat Quebec.
Manitoba relief pitcher Shaelyn Tritthart pitched three innings of no hit ball to help secure a come-from-behind win over a dominating Ontario team. Tritthart took over for starter Samantha Harms, who surrendered five earned runs over four innings of work.
Saskatchewan starting pitcher April Pratt threw a condensed five-inning complete game, giving up just one hit, four runs, and striking out 12 in an impressive outing. The win puts Sask. atop the Pool A standings at 2-0.
Host Grand Prairie catcher, Courtney Gogorich, went 3-for-5 at the plate, with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored in their win over Nova Scotia.
For more information, and complete box scores, please visit the Bantam Girls Championship website at www.baseball.ca/bantamgirls/
Baseball Canada Announces Olympic Qualifier Roster
KISSIMME, FL. – Baseball Canada announced, today, its roster for the 2006 COPABE Americas Olympic Qualifier beginning August 25 in Havana, Cuba as the federation aims to earn its second consecutive Olympic berth.
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The Canadian charges, which will be headed by 15-year major leaguer and 1978 All-Star Terry Puhl in his first international managerial appearance, will begin training Camp in Kissimmee, Florida on August 21. The camp, which runs through to August 24 will also see Team Canada play exhibition games against the Puerto Rican and American national teams in preparation for the qualifier.
The top two squads from the 12-team qualifying tournament will earn automatic berths into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China while the third and fourth place teams will be relegated to a wild-card tournament some time in 2007 to make a final bid for the Games.
Canada will compete in the six-team Pool B which will also play host to Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela. Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic will face-off in Group B.
The top four teams from each group will advance to a cross-over playoff round where teams will play each of the four teams that advanced in the opposing Pool. From there, the top team from each grouping will battle for the gold while the second-place teams will compete for the bronze. The third and fourth place teams from each grouping will also play one another in order to determine their final ranking.
While the focus of the tournament primarily rests on earning a spot at the 2008 Olympics, each country will also be fighting for spots at the 2007 Pan-Am Games and the 2007 World Cup. Teams must finish in the top-six to qualify for the next World Cup and in the top-seven to qualify for the next Pan-Am Games.
Highlights from Day 3 at the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup and Bantam Girls Championship
A number of pivotal games were played, Saturday, in both the Baseball Canada Cup and Bantam Girls Championship.
In Day 3 Canada Cup action, Manitoba evened their record at 2-2 by defeating Newfoundland and Labrador 12-0 in five innings.
Starting pitcher Brendan Johnson surrendered just one hit, no runs, no walks, and fanned six for the complete game victory.
British Columbia edged Quebec 5-3 in 1:00 PM action from Athletic Park, handing Quebec their first loss in the tournament thus far.
Improving to 2-1, B.C. left fielder Greg Wallace’s second inning 3 RBI double to right-centre highlighted the offence.
In other Cup competition, New Brunswick defeated P.E.I. 7-3, while Ontario doubled up on Saskatchewan for a 10-5 win.
For more information, complete box scores, schedules, and standings, please visit the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup website at www.baseball.ca/cup/
Turning to Bantam Girls action, B.C. maintained their undefeated record and Pool B lead by defeating Ontario 11-6.
B.C. second baseman Laura Gordon contributed with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in three runs.
In Pool A, Saskatchewan solidified their spot atop the standings, narrowly defeating Quebec 11-10.
Sask. centre fielder Sarah Bachart led her team, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI, and 1 run scored.
In other action, Alberta improved to 2-1, trumping Newfoundland/Labrador 21-2 in yet another mercy rule shortened game.
Shortstop Kendra Miller and second baseman Kristen Heisler helped secure the victory with three hits apiece.
For more information on the Bantam Girls Championship from Grande Prairie, Alta. please visit www.baseball.ca/bantamgirls/
B.C. and Ontario Jump Out to 2-0 Starts in Bantam Girls Action
British Columbia and Ontario continued their torrid offensive pace on Day 2 of the Bantam Girls Championship, both improving to 2-0 by defeating Nova Scotia and Grande Prairie 17-0 and 27-0 respectively.
B.C. pitchers Allison Pepper and Jesse Bears combined to throw a no hitter in a mercy rule-shortened four-and-a-half-inning game.
Ontario’s second baseman Katie MacPherson was 3-for-4, with 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored, while centre fielder Katie Paculta went 3-for-3, with 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored in the sixth shortened game of the tournament thus far.
In late Day 1 Thursday Bantam Girl’s action, Manitoba evened their record to 1-1 with a 15-4 win over host Grande-Prairie.
Manitoba’s performance was highlighted by pitcher/left fielder Candis Mullin and shortstop Allysa Shupe, who both smacked four hits in the victory.
For more information, please visit the championship website at www.baseball.ca/bantamgirls.ca/
Québec and P.E.I. 2-0 at Cup
In Day 1 evening action from the 2006 Canada Cup, Québec defeated Alberta 11-4, and improved their record to 2-0 on the tournament.
Québec centre fielder Marc Bourgeois was 2-for-3, with a walk, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored, chipping in with first and fourth inning singles to help secure the victory.
In second day action from the 2006 Baseball Canada Cup, P.E.I. boosted their record to 2-0 by defeating Manitoba 11-6 at Athletic Park.
P.E.I. centre fielder Rob Phalen’s seventh inning 2 RBI double propelled his team ahead, finishing an impressive 3-for-4, with 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored.
For more information, please visit the Baseball Canada Cup website at www.baseball.ca/cup/
Canadian Major Leaguers: August 16 Statistic
Seven Canadians saw action in the Major Leagues yesterday. Here’s how they fared:
1. Kansas City Royals third baseman Mark Teahen was 1-for-4 with a double, 1 RBI and 1 walk in a 10-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
2. Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) was 1-for-5 with a double, 1 run scored and 1 strikeout in a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.
3. Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) was 1-for-1 after singling for Atlanta Braves pitcher Tyler Yates as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of a 9-6 loss to the Washington Nationals.
4. Russell Martin (Chelsea, Qué.) was 0-for-1 after grounding out for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Tomko as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of a 15-4 loss to the Florida Marlins.
5. Jason Bay (Trail, B.C.) was 0-for-1 after flying out for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Mike Gonzalez in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
1. Baltimore Orioles starter Adam Loewen (Surrey, B.C.) earned his third win of the season (3-4) after beating the New York Yankees 3-2. The line on Loewen: 5.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 107 pitches-70 strikes, 24 batters faced.
2. Twins reliever Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) threw 1.2 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Indians. The line on Crain: 1.2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 17 pitches-11 strikes, 6 batters faced.
Today’s games featuring teams with Canadian players (Bolded teams):
American LeagueBaltimore Orioles @ New York YankeesKansas City Royals @ Chicago White SoxCleveland Indians @ Minnesota TwinsTexas Rangers @ Detroit Tigers
National LeagueAtlanta Braves @ Washington NationalsNew York Mets @ Philadelphia PhilliesCincinnati Reds @ St. Louis CardinalsArizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado RockiesHouston Astros @ Milwaukee Brewers
Baseball Canada Championships Underway
The 2006 edition of the Baseball Canada Cup, hosted in Medicine Hat, Alta., began Thursday at Jeffries Park, with New Brunswick defeating their Atlantic rivals from Nova Scotia 11-2.
New Brunswick right fielder Daniel Reid went 1-for-2 with 2 walks, and 3 RBI, stroking a three-run home run down the right field line in a seven-run second inning.
Stewart Langille got the win, pitching five complete innings, surrendering just one run.
Nova Scotia centre fielder Jeremy Wade was 2-for-3 in a losing effort, hitting a first inning double to left-centre field, and contributing again in the third with a single.
In other Canada Cup action Thursday, Athletic Park witnessed a tight 1-0 Saskatchewan win over Alberta.
Saskatchewan right fielder Braden Baumi’s fourth-inning solo home run to right field was the game’s only run, as losing pitcher Matt Diteljan gave up just three hits, no walks, and just one run over six innings in an impressive effort.
Saskatchewan pitcher Shawn Wilyman threw 5.1 innings for the win, while Jordan Rawlyk pitched the last 1.2 innings for the save.
For more information, please visit the championship website at www.baseball.ca/cup/.
In addition, the 2006 Baseball Canada Bantam Girls Championship kicked off Thursday morning in Grand Prairie, Alta. with a 9-4 Saskatchewan victory over Alberta and a dominating 10-0 British Columbia win versus Manitoba.
Saskatchewan pitcher Melissa Armstrong surrendered a mere four hits over seven innings to pick up the complete game victory. Helping her own cause at the plate, Armstrong was 2-for-3, with 4 RBI, and 1 run scored.
In game two, British Columbia’s impressive offensive production brought an end to their game against Manitoba after four and half innings, invoking the 10-run mercy rule. B.C. shortstop Sarah Hilworth was 2-for-3, scoring three times, while first baseman Jamie Brovold also chipped in with a 2-for-3 performance, scoring twice.
Winning pitcher, Melissa Ross hurled all five innings, giving up just one hit, no runs, and needing just 54 pitches in an impressive outing.
For more information, please visit the championship website at www.baseball.ca/bantamgirls/