Team P.E.I. catcher Duncan Picketts receives a pitch as home-plate Wayne Hein is about to make a call during play in the 2017 Ray Carter Cup at Queen Elizabeth Park in Summerside on Thursday afternoon. British Columbia defeated Team P.E.I. 7-3 in the opening round-robin game for both teams in Baseball Canada’s national 15-under championship.
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SUMMERSIDE – Team P.E.I. is off to a 0-2 (won-lost) start at the 2017 Ray Carter Cup.
The lone Island entry in Baseball Canada’s national 15-under championship opened round-robin play at Queen Elizabeth Park on Thursday against British Columbia and New Brunswick.
A five-run second inning proved to be the difference in British Columbia’s 7-3 afternoon win. Then, in an evening game, New Brunswick counted four runs in the top of the first inning, and never looked back en route to a 14-3 victory in six innings.
P.E.I. is back in action against Ontario (0-1) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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British Columbia 7 P.E.I. 3
At Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field, P.E.I. turned a well-executed double-play to escape a first-inning jam. Second baseman Noah Dow fielded a hard-hit grounder, and flipped the ball to shortstop Tobias Hood, whose relay throw to first base was dug out of the dirt by first baseman Tyler Taylor to keep the game scoreless.
P.E.I., which committed six errors that led to five unearned runs, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Starting pitcher Matt Power led off with a double to centre field, and Jack MacKenzie reached on a fielder’s choice. Noah Dow’s grounder to pitcher Liam Bates scored Power, and MacKenzie later scored from third on an errant throw into left field on a pickoff attempt.
British Columbia answered back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, keyed by a two-out, three-run blast that cleared the fence in left-centre field by Kyle Sands.
British Columbia added an unearned run in the fourth to go up 6-2, and P.E.I. got one run back in the fifth as Landon Clow’s sharp single to right field plated Hood.
B.C. closed out the scoring with a single run in the fifth.
N.B. 14 P.E.I. 3
New Brunswick held a 5-2 lead after three innings, and then scored six runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.
Max Grant and Connor Hill each went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs to spark New Brunswick’s 16-hit attack.
Clow (2-3, two runs scored, RBI), Carter MacNeil (1-1, two walks, RBI) and Tobias Hood (1-3, run scored) were P.E.I.’s top offensive performers.
Errors again proved costly for P.E.I., which committed six fielding miscues that led to eight unearned runs.
At A Glance
Ray Carter Cup at a glance:
N.S. 7 N.L. 2.
Que. 7 Ont. 2
B.C. 7 P.E.I. 3
N.S. 6 Alta. 4.
Sask. 5 Man. 0
Que. 7 B.C. 6
N.B. 14 vs. P.EI. 3
9 a.m. – Sask. vs. N.S. (Legends Field).
9:30 a.m. – Man. vs. Alta. (VIV Field).
Noon – B.C. vs. Ont. (Legends Field).
12:30 p.m. – Que. vs. N.B. (VIV Field).
3 p.m. – N.L. vs. Man. (Legends Field).
3:30 p.m. – Alta. vs. Sask. (VIV Field).
6:30 p.m. – Ont. vs. P.E.I. (VIV Field).