Quebec and British Columbia will take to the field in Ancaster on Saturday with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series representing Canada.

Friday was filled with amazing baseball action from the four teams that were vying to head to the finals, as well as a special game following the semis.

Semi-Final #1: Diamond Baseball (Quebec) vs Calgary West (Alberta)
The day started with Quebec taking on Calgary West in a thriller that went into extra innings.

Diamond Baseball jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first when Alec Mercier hit a two-run home run. Cole Czepuryk would get a run back for Calgary West in the home half of the first with a solo home run.

Quebec would score a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings but Alberta would plate a pair of runs in the third and took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a four spot. The fourth inning saw Alberta send 10 batters to the plate. Czepuryk would single in the inning to plate the go-ahead run.

However, you cannot count out the team from Diamond Baseball who saw Mercier single to open the inning and then advance to third base on Nicolas Lorincz’s ground rule double. Mercier would then come in Gabriel Blanco’s single. On the play there was an error that allowed Lorincz to come in and tie the game.

With no scoring in the sixth the game went to an extra frame which saw Zachary Desjardins give Quebec the lead for first with a solo home run which stood up as the winning run.

For Quebec, four players each had two hits in the game with Justin Trottier and Lorincz doubling and Mercier and Desjardins going yard. For Alberta, Czepuryk went three for four at the plate with two runs and two RBIs, a triple away from hitting for the cycle, while Andrew Tite went two for three.

Alexandre Laurence picked up the win, facing five batters in the extra inning, allowing two hits and striking out two. Czepuryk and Cameron Gerla combined to pitch for Calgary West, giving up eight runs, with one unearned, on 10 hits, walking five and striking out four.

Semi-Final #2: Ottawa West (Ontario) vs Colquitlam (BC)
In the second semi-final of the day, British Columbia defeated Ontario in a back and forth affair that ended 8-6.

Both teams would score an unearned run in the second inning. Ottawa West took the lead in the top of the third when Sal Lima got on base with a bunt single but then rounded the bases to score on a throwing error that saw the ball go all the way to the outfield fence. Later in the inning William Watson scored on Colton Spooner’s single.

That lead didn’t last long as Matthew Shanley, Timothy Piasentin and Kainoah Brankovic started off the inning with back to back to back singles which brought in a run and an error aided another run to score to tie the game at three.

The game shifted in the fourth inning. Ontario took a one run lead in the top of the fourth but Colquitlam took the lead on a three-run home run by Shanley which was enough to give BC the lead for good.

Lima went three for four in a losing effort with a run and am RBI. On the other side of the field Brady Dorwart, Shanley and Piasentin all had a pair of hits in the game.

Piero Leon-Carney picked up the win on the mound, pitching four innings, allowing four runs, only two were earned, on seven hits, walking one and striking out one. Piasentin did relieve Leon-Carney to start the fifth but was unable to record an out while allowing a run on two hits. Dowart earned the save, allowing a hit over two innings.

With the win, it sets up a Quebec-BC final on Saturday. In their only meeting of the tournament Quebec defeated BC 12-2 in five innings. Shanley would plate the only two runs in the game with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Four players from Diamond Baseball would combine for nine of the team’s 13 hits with Trottier and Laurence hitting home runs.

But the action didn’t end there.

Following the semis there was an exhibition game in the Challenger Baseball Division between Hamilton and Oakville. Almost every player in the tournament came out and showed their support of the Challenger players, making it a very special moment for the players to play in front of a big crowd and television cameras.

You can see what happened below.

The championship game will be broadcast on tape delay on CBC’s full network. The game gets underway at 11am in Ancaster and at 4pm on television. CBC Sports will broadcast the game live on their website.