It is hard to believe but the first four days of the 2019 Canadian Little League Championships are done.

The kids have been putting on a show so far. Yes, there have been a couple of blowouts, but the kids have been showing what got them to this point with some huge hitting performances and great defensive plays.

Headed into action on Sunday, every game has been won by the visiting team. In nine games, not one home team has picked up a victory. Funny thing is, the teams that won the coin flips at the manager’s meeting, that was held prior to the start of the tournament, chose to be the visitors.

Maybe they knew something.

On the field Sunday, Coquitlam (BC), Diamond Baseball (Quebec) and Ottawa West (Ontario) were all the visiting teams, and yes, they won their games.

British Columbia vs Alberta
BC was up first, defeating Calgary West (Alberta) 6-1. While it was a five-run game, the play on the field was much closer, but four errors would cost the team from Alberta the chance to pick up a victory.

Nathan Lo crossed the plate for the first British Columbia run of the game, being pushed across the plate by a bases loaded walk by Tai Freeman in the second inning. They then went on to add a run on a Kainoah Brankovic sacrifice flay and another when Jordan Lisowski reached base on an error for a 3-0 lead.

Alberta would get their only run of the game in the bottom half of the third. Dane Heppner led off the inning with a double and then scored on Cas Herold’s two out double.

Starter Piero Leon-Carney picked up the win on the mound, going three innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking two and striking out three. Brady Dorwart came in to relieve Leon-Carney and went two and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits, also striking out three batters.

At the plate, three of Calgary’s five hits were doubles. Herold would go two-for two with an RBI. For Coquitlam, Matthew Shanley went two-for-three and Timothy Piasentin went two-for-four with each scoring once.

Quebec vs Atlantic
In the afternoon game, it was like a prize fight as Diamond Baseball (Quebec) and Glace Bay (Atlantic) went toe to toe. Diamond Baseball would land a big punch, but Glace Bay would hit right back, staying in the ball game.

Already leading 1-0 in the top of the first, Zachary Aspect hit a single to bring in two runs then came in himself when Gabriel Blanco hit a triple to the wall for Quebec. The Atlantic representative struck back in their half of the inning as Tristan Fowler, who doubled, came in on Keegan O’Neill’s sacrifice fly. Two batters later Ryland Hanrahan drew a bases loaded walk to cut the Quebec lead in half.

Both teams would strike for three runs in the second inning.

In the third, Quebec would get three straight singles which brought one run across the plate. Alexandre Laurence extended the lead to six runs with a three-run blast. That lead was all Diamond Baseball would need, but Glace Bay did try to chip away at the lead but could not get any closer.

Five players from Quebec would end the game with multiple hits, but it was Laurence who had three hits in the game and four runs batted in. For Glace Bay, Fowler, Luke Sinclair and Dylin White all had two hits in the game.

White would have a double and a solo home run, but it was his attitude that stood out. This is his third trip to the Canadians, and he has shown some veteran savvy as well as what this game is all about, having fun.

He took a turn on the mound for his team, pitching the final three and two-thirds innings of the game, allowing two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. However, while waiting to take his turn to lead off the sixth he joked with Quebec’s catcher Laurence about the triple he gave up in the previous inning. Then when he stepped into the box, he took the first pitch yard. As he came down the third base line to the plate, where he would be mobbed by his teammates, he would get a high five from Laurence. That’s Little League Baseball, playing to win but showing respect while having a good time playing the game.

Ontario vs Ancaster
The final game of the day could be classified as the game of the tournament so far when Ottawa West faced the host Ancaster club. You probably wouldn’t have expected that, especially knowing that Ancaster had been blown out 24 hours earlier 21-0 by Quebec.

However, Ancaster’s Mason Ault would put on a show throwing a complete game, three hitter which saw him strikeout 11 batters, including eight of the first nine batters he faced. He did so, throwing just 78 pitches in the game.

Unfortunately, Ancaster’s bats remained quiet from the day prior as Ottawa West took the game 2-0.

Between the two teams, they combined for seven hits, all singles.

For Ottawa West on the mound, Carson Colvin went three innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out three for the win while William Watson finished off the final three innings, allowing two hits and striking out four to earn the save.

While Ancaster drops to 1-3 in the tournament, they still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals but will need to beat Glace Bay and Calgary West on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Should they qualify for the semis, Ault will be available to pitch once again.

Prior to Ancaster getting a chance to keep their hopes alive on Monday, Calgary West will take on Moose Jaw (Prairies) at 11am and Ottawa West will face Colquitlam at 2pm.