It took until Day 5 of the Canadian Little League Championships before a team in the home dugout finally won a game.

For the first 12 games of the tournament, the visiting team picked up victories. However, it all changed on Monday where two of the three games ended with the home side picking up victories.

Moose Jaw (Prairies) vs Calgary West (Alberta)
The day started out with the Prairies and Alberta representatives taking to the field. While Moose Jaw would jump out to an early lead, it was Calgary West who would control much of the game, scoring 11 times over the first three innings.

The big inning for Alberta came in the second inning where they scored five runs on just one hit. That lone hit was by Cas Herold who brought in a run and saw two more score on an error. Herold finished off the scoring in the frame by coming across the plate on a passed ball.

Cole Czepuryk punctuated the game in the third with a three-run home run to give Alberta an 11-2 lead.

While they were down nine, Moose Jaw didn’t just lay down, they battled back to score two in the fourth and a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Czepuryk started for the home side and went two and two-thirds innings allowing two runs, one of which was unearned, on one hit, walking one and striking out three but it was Brenden Kolbjomsrud would get the win after pitching an inning and two-thirds. He would allow two runs on four hits.

For Moose Jaw, Javin Boynton and Gerritt Gulutzan each pitched an inning and a third, allowing six and five runs respectively, but each would be credited with four earned runs. Ryan Duncan finished off the final two and a third innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.

With the win Calgary West moves to 1-3 on the tournament while Moose Jaw remains winless in four games.

Ottawa West (Ontario) vs Coquitlam (British Columbia)
The second game of Day 5 saw Coquitlam down Ottawa West 15-3 in four innings.

BC jumped out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the first but then took a commanding lead in the second when they scored eight times after sending 14 batters to the plate. Brady Dowart, Nolan Loverin, Matthew Shanley, Timothy Piasentin and Kainoah Brankovic all had hits in the inning with Dorwart collecting a pair of singles and Piasentin and Brankovic each hitting a double. All three would also pick up an RBI in the frame.

Ottawa West would pick up four hits in the game with George Hobbins getting the lone extra base hit of the game for his team with a double and an RBI. Gabe Symes, Andy Pickering and Colton Spooner all had singles with Spooner knocking in one runner.

Shanley got the start for BC and went three innings, allowing a run on two hits, walking one and striking out four. Piasentin would pitch the final inning of play, allowing two runs, one of which was unearned, on two hits, a walk and striking out two.

The victory for Coquitlam puts them in a tie for first with Quebec’s Diamond Baseball at 4-0 while Ottawa West is a game back at 3-1 in third place.

Glace Bay (Atlantic) vs Ancaster (Host)
A day after a heartbreaking loss for Ancaster, they looked to rebound and keep hope alive of a chance to make the semifinals when they took on Glace Bay. On Sunday, Ancaster squandered an amazing pitching performance when their bats went cold, and on Monday they did the same.

Both teams would struggle early on offense as they would combine for just three hits over the first four and a half innings. Then in the bottom of the fifth Jaxton Gerrard opened the inning with a double then later scored on a Mason Ault sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead.

Needing just three outs to gain the victory, Glace Bay found a chink in the Ancaster armour. After getting back to back singles from Carter Ford and Tristan Fowler, three of the next five batters would bunt to get on base. Also, during that time, Rory Pilling would draw a bases loaded walk to even the score. Keegan O’Neill and Breton Parsons would each push a runner across the plate with their bunts, but one run was nullified due to an obscure rule that rarely gets invoked.

If the bases are loaded and a runner leads off, if the batter bunts or hits an infield single that scores a run then everybody moves back to the base they were forced to by the single and the runner that crosses the plate disappears without a run scoring or an out being recorded for the disappearing runner.

Ryland Hanrahan would then single in a runner to give Glace Bay a 3-1 lead.

Ancaster did have their chance in the bottom of the sixth but were unable to get a runner past second base.

Glace Bay stays in the hunt for a spot in the semifinals with the victory moving to fourth place with a 203 record. For Ancaster, they are now in sixth place with a 1-4 record. They could still make it to the semis, but they would need a win in their final game and a helping hand.

With just two days left in the round robin portion of the tournament, Quebec and BC will be playing in the semi-finals. Ottawa West should also be in the playoff portion, but the final spot is still up for grabs and could be clinched on Tuesday.

Day 6 of the tournament will see Moose Jaw face Coquitlam, Ottawa West taking on Diamond Baseball and Ancaster playing their last game of the round robin against Calgary West. Action gets underway at 11am in Ancaster, Ontario.