The Owen Sound Selects will head into the final day of round-robin competition at the Softball Canada U23 Canadian Championship with a 4-2 record after splitting a pair of games Thursday in Saskatoon.
A three-run bottom of the sixth gave the New Hamburg Mustangs just enough leverage to hold off a late comeback attempt and edge the Selects in Owen Sound’s first game of the day, 7-6.
Quinten Bruce had a big game at the plate going four-for-four in the contest including a solo shot.
Matt Wardrop stayed hot going two-for-four with an RBI. Denny Benson drove in two runs and had a two-hit game. Brady Hogg went two-for-four with an RBI.
Kirk Santala pitched in the loss. The hurler went six innings striking out nine while giving up six earned runs on eight hits and walking four batters.
Owen Sound bounced back in their afternoon contest against Saskatchewan’s Conquest Coyotes.
The Selects topped the Coyotes 9-2 in a mercy-rule shortened game.
Most of the damage came during a six-run bottom of the second inning including Denny Benson’s two-run home run that put the Selects up 7-2.
The Selects spread the wealth in the contest. Benson, Jordan Baumber, and Quinten Bruce each drove in a pair of runs in the game. Josh Macguire and Matt Wardrop drove in a run each while Jeremy Torrie cleared the fence for a solo shot.
Wardrop picked up the win with five innings of work striking out six, walking a pair of batters, and allowing two earned runs.
Owen Sound concludes their round robin with a game against the Tavistock Hops scheduled for 9 a.m. in Saskatoon.
The Hops were 1-4 in the tournament before their game against Prince Albert late Thursday night.
Sting undefeated at nationals
The Shallow Lake Sting continued a dominant performance at the Softball Canada U16 Canadian Championship with an 11-3 mercy-rule victory over Team B.C. Thursday morning in Saskatoon.
Shallow Lake scored 11 runs on 10 hits in the contest and earned six free passes.
Ben Redmon picked up the win in the circle pitching through five innings striking out three and allowing three earned runs on five hits.
Reece Martin, Jaxon Will, Gavin Gibbons, Aidan Yarde, and Josh Devries all swiped a bag in the game.
Shallow Lake finally required all seven innings to put a team away in their fourth game of the tournament.
The Sting topped the Nova Scotia East Hants Mastodons 3-2 to remain a perfect 4-0 after two days.
Shallow Lake concludes their round-robin docket Friday with a pair of games against the Fredricton Twins and Napanee Express. The games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, in Saskatoon.