Bob Elliott: The Sandlots

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

TORONTO - Christian Botter and Nathan DeSouza had their own Canada Day celebrations.

No one was hotter than Botter as the Toronto Mets 16s right-hander threw nine hitless innings against Les Ailes, the Quebec Youth Team, before the Mets scored in the 10th for a 4-0 win in the annual Mets Canada Day classic being played at Bond and Talbot Parks.

And in the final, DeSouza hit a walk-off, three-run homer giving the Ontario Terriers a 3-2 win over the Mets 18s.

Botter threw 106 pitches — 69 strikes — walking three and fanning nine, as he threw first-pitch strikes on 74% of batters he faced, which was two over the minimum. With his fastball sitting in the 82-83 m.p.h. range the Vaughan native was in complete control.

Neither team had a hit through eight innings until the top of the ninth when Conor Ledger led off with bunt single. Yuji Suzuki had a two-out double to score the winning run. Shawn Lee pitched the 10th to complete the combined no-hitter.

One Mets coach described Botter’s outing as the best by a Mets 16s starter since Brian Smith, who made his pro debut last week with the Chicago Cubs rookie-class Arizona League Cubs, and struck out 17 in a NABF qualifier in Ohio.

The Mets 16s finished round-robin play 2-0-1 after tying the Mets 18s 3-3 and beating the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians 6-4.

The Ontario Terriers knocked off Team Ontario 7-6 as lefty Adam Anderson departed after five innings with a 7-2 lead, thanks to a DeSouza double and solo homer.

Dayton Dawe worked five innings, allowing two hits as the Terriers edged the rough-housing Windsor Selects 3-1.

Aaron Bain started for the Terriers in a 2-1 win over the Etobicoke Rangers. Michael Clouthier picked up the win with two innings of relief as DeSouza added a triple.

The Mets 18s edged Ottawa 3-2, Etobicoke thumped Windsor 18-7 and Etobicoke beat Team Ontario 8-3 in other games.

Blair Gignac singled, stole second, went to third on a ground ball and scored on a Brian Doran fly ball in the Terriers’ 2-1, 10-inning win over Ottawa. Steven Dressler pitched seven innings with David Head getting the win.

DeSouza homered in the semifinal, a 5-2 win over Les Ailes, as Luke Sinclair gained the win and Head the save.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh Doran and Head worked walks setting the stage for DeSouza’s walk-off, three-run homer to right.

Right hander Bain went the distance for the win, scattering four hits.

Goings on: Etobicoke shortstop Mitch Triolo named to the all-tournament team at the Oklahoma Sunbelt tournament ... The Terriers are leaving the Premier League of Ontario to join the Great Lakes Super League. Until that league begins the Terriers will practise and play intra-squad games ... The Mets 16s took three of four from the Terriers 16s last weekend as right-hander Zach Lampreia needed only 73 pitches for a complete-game, five-hitter in a 3-1 win. He allowed a solo home run to Bruce Yari. Right-hander Brent Cleland tossed a complete-game shutout fanning eight in a 4-0 win ... Hard-working scout John Milton, who also ran area tryout camps, has left the Toronto Blue Jays.

Naming rights: So, what have you been doing for the previous 60 years? Well, Jack Wilson has been running High Park baseball and Tuesday night at 7 p.m., the west diamond, with its new scorecard, will be renamed Jack Wilson Field. Wilson started High Park in the early 1950s and even coached Rob Ford some 25 years years ago. Ford grew up to be mayor of Toronto. In the 1960s, Wilson coached the High Park Juniors when Roger Neilson ran Leaside.

Cycling along: Chatham catcher Larry Balkwill hit for the cycle as his Watertown Wizards beat the Glen Falls Golden Eagles 17-6 in a Perfect Game Collegiate League game at Glens Falls, N.Y. Starting with a home run, he went triple, single, single and ninth-inning double.

Balkwill is attending Siena College ... Etobicoke shortstop Kyle Gilligan, a former Toronto Blue Jays draft pick, made his New Brunswick Senior League debut knocking in the only run as the Chatham Ironmen blanked the Moncton Mets 1-0.

Northern light

Brad McElroy

OF Class-A Dunedin

The St. Thomas native had the most hits of the 108 Canadians in the minors this week. McElroy went 10-for-21 (.476) with four RBIs at the Jays affiliate in Dunedin.

Runners-up: Jim Van Ostrand, Richmond, B.C., one homer, four RBIs, .538 at double-A Corpus Christi (Astros); Wes Darvill, Langley, B.C., .500 class-A Boise (Cubs); Zach Breault, Amherstburg, Ont., 5 1/3 scoreless, for his first pro win at class-A Vancouver (Jays); Rob Nixon, Welland, five scoreless for his first win, class-A Mahoning Valley (Indians); Calgary’s James Henderson three scoreless, a win and a save, double-A Huntsville (Brewers); Brandon Dailey, Brantford, five RBIs, .375 rookie-class Arizona League Reds; Ryan Lapensee, La Salle, Ont., .364 at class-A Visalia (Diamondbacks); Taylor Green, Comox, B.C., .333 triple-A Nashville (Brewers); Terrence Dayleg, Burnaby, B.C., . 333, class-A Jamestown (Marlins).

Moves

Reliever Scott Mathieson, Langley, B.C., recalled by the Philadelphia Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Reliever Trystan Magnuson, Vancouver, recalled by the Oakland A’s from triple-A Sacremento.

Outfielder Rene Tosoni, Coquitlam, B.C., sent down by the Minnesota Twins to triple-A Rochester and recalled 48 hours later.

Lefty Mitch Clarke, Kitchener, activated by Cincinnati Reds at rookie-class Billings.

Lefty Evan Grills, Whitby, activated by the Houston Astros at rookie-class Gulf Coast Astros.

Third baseman Jalen Harris, Toronto, activated by the Milwaukee Brewers at rookie-class Arizona Brewers.

Lefty Evan Rutckyj, Windsor, activated by New York Yankees at rookie-class Gulf Coast Yankees.

Right-hander Colin Kleven, Kamloops, B.C., activated by the Phillies at single-A Williamsport.

Right-hander Steve McKinnon, Duncan, B.C., activated by the Texas Rangers at rookie-class Arizona Rangers.

Right-hander Alexandre Periard, St. Eustache, Que., signs as free agent with Seattle Mariners.

First baseman Brock Kjeldgaard, London, moved by the Milwaukee Brewers to double-A, Huntsville.

Catcher John Suomi, Etobicoke, moved by the Phillies to class-A Clearwater.

Catcher Luke Carlin, Aylmer, Que., placed on diabled list at triple-A Columbus (Indians).

First baseman Jonathan Waltenbury, Oshawa, released by Evansville, IND Frontier League.


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