Eight games. Eight wins. That is what Team Ontario accomplished en route to repeating as Canada Cup champions. With this year’s title, Ontario has now won four of the past eight tournaments.
Two offensive outbursts in the fourth and fifth innings helped propel Ontario to capture its second straight title with a heart-wrenching 9-8 victory over B.C.
Trailing 3-1 entering the fourth inning, Ontario sent eight batters to the plate and scored four runs in the process. After already scoring a run, Malik Collymore (Mississauga) continued Ontario’s momentum by driving in three of his game-high five RBI with a bases clearing triple that also gave Ontario its first lead of the game. Ontario would add to that lead an inning later, this time sending all nine players to the plate and scoring another four runs.
Seeing themselves down by five runs entering the bottom half of the fifth inning, B.C. knew there was still plenty of baseball to be played. They slowly chipped away at the Ontario lead, coming within one run. Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge), Mitchell Robinson (Surrey), and Lachlan Fontaine (North Vancouver) all reached base in each of their at bats, but it wasn’t enough as Blake Weston (Oakville) struck out three of the four batters he faced to close out the game.