2009 CANUSA Games get underway in Hamilton

CanusaGamesThis year’s version of the CANUSA Games, an annual friendly competition between Hamilton and Flint, Mich., got underway on Friday.

Visiting Flint athletes dominated opening baseball and girls’ basketball games.

In baseball in the 12 and under division, Flint was victorious 28-1. In the 14U division, Hamilton scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning for a come-from-behind, four-hour marathon 21-19 thriller.

Flint rebounded in the 16U class with a 27-4 decision with Jason Colling pitching five innings with six strike outs for the win. Alex Slote stole home.

In the 18U game, Flint emerged 14-4 winners. Steve DesRoche of Flint went 1-for-1 with a double, scored a run, pitched four innings with three strike outs for the win. Taylor Dowhuniak was 1-for-2 at the plate with a two-run triple while scoring a run.

In girls’ basketball action in the 10U class, Flint scored a 35-11 win. Hamilton’s Andrea Santos scored four points and Carly Sella had three.

The 11U group saw Flint emerge with a 40-8 decision. Tashae Williams had four points for the host team.

In 13U play, Flint was a 48-22 winner. Hamilton’s Kelsey Toner had seven points and teammate Sai Cha Grant-Allen scored five.

Play in the 14U class went to Flint, 59-44, with Hamilton’s Porscha Hewitt and Katelyn Arbour each sinking 13 points while Jakayla Douse scored10.

Flint scored a 64-45 win in the 15U division. Victoria Brown had 11 points, Tanisha Bromfield had 10, and Charlene Abella scored seven for Hamilton.

Flint completed the sweep with a 67-43 win in 16U play.

Hamilton boys ruled in soccer play. Antone Johnson scored for the Steel City in a 1-1 tie in the 16U division. In the 10U division, Hamilton romped to a 15-2 victory. The 12U boys scored a 4-1 with on the strength of goals from Momim Awad, Luke McConnell, Shane McGarry, and Alexander Vecchiani.

The 18U team blanked its opponents 3-0. The 14U got goals from David Plant, Jordan Lane, and Martin Kowalski for a 3-0 win.

Girls soccer action saw Faith Gallant score the only goal in a 1-0 Hamilton win in the 16U division. In 14U section, Flint was a 5-3 winner. Hamilton goal scorers were Claudia Krujicz (2) and Katelin Furlan.

Flint was a 3-0 winner in the 12U division. The hosts posted a 4-1 win in the 10U game with Jessica Murray (3) and Kyra Cummings scoring. Flint took the opening series with a 5-1 win in the 18U division with Shelley Zhengl scoring for Hamilton.

In softball play in the 14U division, Flint opened with a 4-0 win before Hamilton rebounded with a 9-2 win in the 16U division and a 11-5 decision in the 18U division.

Track and field action saw Flint post a 166-165 team decision in 17 events. Hamilton evened the score when the women registered a 145.5-127.5 win in 14 events. Finley Adams of Hamilton set a record of 2:38.47 in the girls’ 10-11 age group’s 800-metre race. The previous record of 2:48.0 was set by Flint’s Amanda George last year. She is competing this year in the 12-13 age category.

Volleyball action saw Hamilton score a 3-2 set win with scores of 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-11. Brooke Kinnaird had a great attacking game for Hamilton while Katie Kasprzyk did some fantastic setting for the 17U squad.

The competitions conclude Saturday, with closing ceremonies on Sunday at Mohawk College. Hosting of the CANUSA Games alternates between cities on an annual basis.