Team Ontario undefeated
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Team Ontario improved its tournament record to a perfect three-in-a-row with a convincing 8-3 win over British Columbia in Baseball Canada Cup Championship action on Thursday night (Aug. 9).
Taking to a rain-soaked field under the lights of Labatt Memorial Park, both Ontario and B.C. came into the contest undefeated in their previous two outings.
Playing scoreless through the first three innings of play, B.C. would be first to the scoreboard in the bottom of four when a single to right field by Brandon Feldman scored a pair of runs.
The lead for the west coast squad would be short-lived though as Ontario came up big off the top of five.
Filling the bases with the first three batters on the order, B.C. pitcher Liam Stroud then walked Justin Orton to score Ontario’s first run.
A change on the mound would do nothing to get B.C. out of trouble. The first batter pitcher Luke Manuel saw — Windsor’s Jake Lumley — cracked a double back to the centrefield wall to bring home three runs before sauntering home himself with Malik Collymore up at bat to make it 5-2.
A lone run in their half of the sixth kept B.C.’s hopes alive a little bit longer but another big inning for Ontario, scoring three more off the top of seven all but sealed their fate with Ontario going on to post the 8-3 victory.
Pitcher Adam Jafine earned the win, going four full innings on the mound for Ontario while Manuel was tagged with the loss.
Currently sitting first in the overall standings, with a record of 3-0, Ontario hooks up once again with Alberta starting at 1 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 10) before wrapping up the day at 7 p.m. against Quebec.
For more scores and the schedule for upcoming games in the tournament, visit www.baseball.ca/cup.
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