The round robin portion of the 2019 Canadian Little League Championships came to an end on Thursday, setting up the semi-finals on Friday.

Thursday’s games, which were originally set to go on Tuesday, saw just one of the three games having an affect on the final standings.

Coquitlam (BC) vs Moose Jaw (Prairies)
The opening game of the day would be delayed by about an hour after a storm rolled through Ancaster just prior to game time. When it did get underway, it was Coquitlam that would come out on top, doubling up the Prairies 8-4.

Matthew Shanley, who went two for four in the contest, gave BC the early lead with a two-run home run in the top of the first. Timothy Piasentin would then double and later score on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.

Piasentin would get a second hit in the game in the third which brought in Nolan Loverin for a 4-0 lead. Moose Jaw would get on the board in the bottom of the third when Max Simmons doubled and later scored on Noah Thul’s ground out.

British Columbia put the game away in the top of the fourth, scoring three times with runs scoring on Brady Dorwart’s single, a Loverin groundout and a Shanley double.

Dorwart, Shanley and Piasentin would combine for two-thirds of Coquitlam’s hit total with Shanley finishing the game with three runs batted in. For the Prairies, Simmons and Nathan Pisio each went two for three with a run and Pisio adding an RBI.

Everett Bertsch picked up the win, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out one over four innings. Nathan Lo would earn the save, allowing a hit to one of the seven batters he faced over two innings on the mound.

Moose Jaw’s Simmons would take the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out four over four and a third innings. Pisio pitched the final inning and two-thirds, allowing an unearned run on a walk and striking out two.

The Prairies end their run at the Canadians with a 1-5 record while BC goes 5-1 and qualifies for the semi-finals.

Ottawa West (Ontario) vs Diamond Baseball (Quebec)
With both teams already holding a spot in the semi-finals, the game was pretty much meaningless but was an entertaining affair which saw the teams combine for 15 runs.

Ottawa West got on the board first in the top of the second, taking advantage of a couple of Quebec errors for a 2-0 lead. Diamond Baseball responded with a two spot of their own in the third when Nicolas Lorincz got a hold of one for a two-run home run.

Diamond Baseball extended their lead in the fourth when Alexandre Laurence hitting a two-run home run of his own and Alec Mercier, who doubled, crossing the plate on a sacrifice fly from Alexis Lavigne.

Entering the sixth inning, Ontario trailed Quebec 6-4 and looked to rally, and rally they did, scoring four times in the frame to regain the lead. Sal Lima and Charlie Firth both singled to bring in runs to take a one run lead before George Hobbins doubled in an insurance run.

Zachary Desjardins would get Diamond Baseball within a run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot, but Ottawa West held on for the win and handed Quebec their first loss of the tournament.

Lorincz went two for four in the contest with a pair of RBIs and Laurence went two for two, also with two RBIs in the loss. For Ontario, six different players had a hit in the game with Hobbins and Marcus MacLeod each having a double.

Frankie Buda picked up the win on the mound for Ontario, going two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking one batter and striking out one in relief.

Calgary West (Alberta) vs Ancaster (Hosts)
The final game of the round robin was the only game of the day that truly meant something to the standings. While Ancaster could force a three-way tie for the final spot in Friday’s semi-finals, they had already been mathematically eliminated due to runs allowed, but they could play spoilers to Calgary West.

All Calgary West needed to do was win, should they lose they could only allow two runs and still advance.

With the score tied at one in the top of the third inning, Quincy Barr hit a two-out, bases loaded single that cashed a pair of runs in for Alberta to take a 3-1 lead. Ancaster would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Mason Ault hit a sac fly to score Jack Hudder who had reached base earlier in the frame on an error while he tried to give himself up with a bunt.

Calgary West would extend their lead 6-2 in the top of the sixth, putting pressure on the host squad who wanted to go out of the tournament with a win. Ancaster battled in the bottom of the second but could only manage to score a run on Ault’s double, falling 6-3 when the final out was recorded.

Jack McHarg would pick up the win in relief, allowing an unearned run on one hit, walking two and striking out one. Brenden Kolbkomsrud earned the save after pitching two innings where he allowed a run on three hits and walking a batter.

At the plate, Cole Czepuryk went three for three, scoring three times and picking up an RBI for Calgary West. Cas Herold and McHarg each went two for three in the game. For Ancaster, Matthew Low went two for two with an RBI in the loss.

With the round robin coming to an end, the semi-finals are now set for Friday with Quebec hosting Alberta in the 1-4 game at 10am and British Columbia taking on Ontario in the 2-3 game at 1pm. The winners of the two games will play for the Canadian title on Saturday.