Canadian Juniors pitching silences Venezuelan bats

IXTAPA – Colin Buckborough of Niagara Falls combined with Phillippe Aumont of Gatineau, Québec, and Ryan Kennedy of Calgary to hold Venezuela to one run on two hits as the Canadian Junior National Baseball Team won 3-1 at the America’s World Junior Qualifying tournament.

Aumont started the game for the Canadians and was perfect in his two innings of work. Of the minimum six batters he faced, five went down on strikes.

Buckborough followed Aumont and allowed one run on two hits, all in the fourth inning. In the four innings he pitched, Buckborough struck out five.

Offensively, Carter Bell of Courtenay, B.C. and Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C. scored Canada’s three runs of the game. Both Bell and Lawrie would score in the first inning, Bell score on Lawrie’s double after drawing a leadoff walk and Lawrie came around to score on a consecutive double from Leslie Williams of Scarborough, Ontario.

Lawrie would score a second time in the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Chad Stang of Surrey, B.C. after hitting his second double of the game and advancing to third on a Williams single.

Lawrie would finish 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Williams was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Bell was 0-for-2 with a run scored and three walks and Jordan Wideman of Mississauga, and Brett Sanders of Etobicoke were 1-for-3 and 1-for-4 respectively.

The Juniors are scheduled to play the Bahamas on Monday (Aug. 27).