Manitoba finishes fifth at senior baseball nationals

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Three players from the Interlake, as well as four others from the Stonewall Blue Jays’ Western Canadian championship squad, helped Manitoba reach the quarter-finals at the Baseball Canada Men’s National Championship in Miramichi, N.B., which took place from Aug. 22 to 25.

St. Clements’ Colton Boudreau, St. Andrews’ Matt Mutcheson and Meadows’ Kyle Turner were on Manitoba’s squad during their 7-6 loss to British Columbia on Aug. 24, which eliminated the team from medal contention. Also on the roster for Manitoba were Amos Ramon, Shawn Anderson, James Zamko and Garrett Virtue. With Turner, all of them were members of the Blue Jays team which won the Western Canadian Senior AA Championship at Fines Field in Stonewall on Aug. 18.

Manitoba started with a 1-0 win over Quebec on Aug. 22 as Boudreau had three hits and batted in the game’s only run. Anderson also threw a complete game three-hitter. The black and gold improved to 2-0 after a 15-4 win over New Brunswick courtesy of a 10-run third inning by Manitoba and Ramon’s solo home run which opened the scoring. Later that day, Manitoba lost to Nova Scotia 15-4  with Boudreau and Turner providing half of their team’s offence. Manitoba rebounded with an 11-10 win against Ontario in 10 innings on Aug. 24 with Ramon batting in the game-winning run. Ramon had four hits, while Turner, Zamko and Boudreau each had two.

Down 7-1 in the seventh inning against B.C., Manitoba attempted a spirited comeback but came one run short. Boudreau had two hits in the contest, increasing his batting average to .563 for the tournament.

The host team from Chatham, N.B. defeated Nova Scotia 3-2 for gold and B.C. won bronze with a 7-0 win over Quebec.

Interlake talent at nationals

At the Baseball Canada 16U Girls’ Invitational in Bedford, N.S., Manitoba finished ninth out of 10 teams with a 15-4 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador in the ninth place game on Aug. 25. Teulon’s Jacey Ledochowski hit a home run in the contest, while Lundar’s Shyanne Chartrand scored a run and batted in another.

Lundar’s Blaine Fortin was the manager of the team, while Rod and Diana Ledochowski of Teulon were the chefs de mission.

Manitoba lost 9-2 to Saskatchewan, 7-0 to B.C. and 10-1 to Quebec before defeating New Brunswick 20-5, where Ledochowski struck out seven batters in four innings. Manitoba later lost to Ontario 11-10 despite having a 9-2 lead early in the game.

At the 13U National Championship in Repentigny, Quebec, Manitoba finished sixth after a 12-9 loss to Quebec in the fifth place game on Aug. 25.

The team, which had Selkirk’s Gilbert O’Connor on the roster, lost to Repentigny 5-4, but later defeated Nova Scotia 6-1 and Saskatchewan 15-8 before losing to Ontario 7-3 where O’Connor scored a run.

In the 15U Ray Carter Cup in Oshawa, Ont., Manitoba finished fourth after losing the bronze medal game to P.E.I. 6-4 on Aug. 25.

Curtis Grieve, a former Stonewall Blue Jays player and current teacher at Stonewall Collegiate Institute, was the chef de mission on the team. His son Callan was on the team’s roster.