Torrie helps Canada secure Group B

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With an 8-5 win over New Zealand, Team Canada has secured top spot in the Group B standings at the WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship.

The No. 1 ranked New Zealand Junior Black Sox played two tune-up games in Owen Sound prior to departing for Prince Albert and the world championship.

A crowd of 5,000 took in the game.

Owen Torrie of Williamsford, Ont., entered the game in the fourth inning in relief of starting pitcher David Watson and retired his first two batters faced before getting out of the inning by inducing a fly ball to left field.


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The win improved Canada’s tournament record to 4-0, and resulted in New Zealand ‘s dropping to 3-1 – ensuring a first-place finish for the Canadians..

Torrie previously pitched for the Canadians in the tournament opener – a 10-3 blowout of the United States.

Canada scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn the “run-rule” victory and ended the game early.

Torrie started the game and struck out the side in the first inning after issuing a walk to the leadoff hitter. He allowed three runs on three hits and struck out 12 batters while giving up seven walks.

The Williamsford native was recently inducted into the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 Canadian Boys Bantam Champions the Shallow Lake Sting.

The Sting bantam boys were terrors on the base paths in the 2016 national competition. They scored a tournament high 69 runs in just 38 innings – more than nine runs a game – and clinched first-overall after the round robin with a record of 5-2.

Shallow Lake went on to defeat Saskatchewan’s Warman Poly Plus Pride at Duncan McLellan Park in Owen Sound, 5-4, to capture the national title.

Torrie struck out three batters in the bottom of the seventh and final inning of the championship game.

The Sting’s Mitch McComb was named the tournament’s MVP while Torrie earned the playoff MVP award.

Canada will face the second-place finishing in Group A on Friday in their first playoff action of the tournament.

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