The Wiarton Red Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to Newfoundland on Friday in a double-life game at the 2013 Canadian Junior Men’s Under 21 Fastball Championships.
That means Ontario’s top seed must now take the long route if it’s going to reach the championship game Sunday afternoon.
"It's the long way home now," Wiarton coach Mark Hooey said.
“We know we can do it. We’ve got the pitching. It’s just going to be a long trek.”
Red Devils pitcher Michael Lagace-Roote allowed two runs on three hits while striking out 13.
Wiarton’s designated-player Andy Barber hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Newfoundland’s Mark Power allowed three hits and three walks while striking out 11.
Newfoundland had some help in scoring their two runs, getting the first on an error and the second on a passed ball.
“Once again we just got stale (at the plate),” Hooey said.
“We had the bases loaded one inning (the third) and that was the time we should have capitalized.”
Wiarton will now play Alberta’s Irma Tigers in at 2:30 p.m. today at Duncan McLellan Park Major.
Newfoundland will play the Napanee Express in the undefeated game 6:30 p.m.
Napanee defeated the Saskatoon Diamondbacks 4-2 earlier Friday night.
Napanee third baseman Jarrett Williams hit two solo homers for the Express, while catcher Cody Brooks also homered.
“We’ve had timely hitting all week and we continued that,” Express coach Ryan Sharpe said.
“We’re due for a game where we bust out and get a lot of hits. Our defence has been phenomenal all week. We’ll just continue to ride this high.”
Napanee pitcher Cole Bolton allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out six for the win.
D’Backs starter Justice Keshane allowed four runs on four hits while striking out seven over five innings.
Kynan Tarnowski gave up a hit while striking out three in an inning of relief.
Brandon Dauvin hit a two-run double for Saskatoon in the seventh to make the game close.
Saskatoon plays the Calahoo Chiefs at 4:30 p.m.
The host Keady Jets will face Stratford in the consolation final today at 12:30 p.m. as the Cubs’ beat the Saskatoon Junior Bullets 10-2 in the consolation semifinals on Friday.
Softball Canada announced its all-star awards in between the two double-life games on Friday.
The all-star team includes Wiarton pitcher Michael Lagace-Roote, Calahoo catcher Keagan Arcand, Irma first baseman Parker McKay, Diamondbacks’ second baseman Brandon Dauvin, Napanee third baseman Jarrett Williams, Diamondbacks’ shortstop Anthony Climenhaga, Napanee outfielder Curtis Leonard, Irma outfielder Chance Lund, Irma outfielder Anthony Mark; and Newfoundland utility player Colin Walsh.
Lagace-Roote was named the round-robin’s top pitcher while Newfoundland’s Jeremy O’Rielly was the top hitter.
Napanee pitcher Cole Bolton was the round-robin MVP.
Softball Canada will hand out its championship awards following Sunday’s final.
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