TORONTO - It took a while, but Ontario scored in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Green Machine and win gold at the annual Canada Cup in Moncton, N.B., on Sunday night.
Scarborough’s Mitch Triolo hit a fly ball with the bases loaded to score Milton’s Nathan DeSouza with the winning run as Ontario defeated upstart Saskatchewan 3-2.
The other two of the big three on the national stage — B.C. and Quebec — were nowhere to be seen when it came time to play for gold.
Saskatchewan saw to that, edging B.C. 7-6 in the semi-final on Nolan Benesh’s bases-clearing double, and beating Quebec 4-3 on Jonathan Harpestad’s pitching in quarterfinal play.
Ontario reached the final as right-handers Michael Clouthier and Dayton Dawe combined on a one-hitter blanking Manitoba 2-0 in their semifinal. Guelph’s Clouthier pitched five innings, walking four and striking out three. London’s Dawe took over with a man on in the sixth with the game scoreless.
Dawe allowed a two-out single after a walk, bringing the potential lead run to the plate. Dawe got a ground ball out and Ontario moved to the gold-medal game.
Ontario broke up the scoreless game in the sixth when Bruce Yari and Toby Handley singled and Triolo hit a two-run single.
In the gold-medal game, Saskatchewan scored two first-inning runs on Jager Toffan’s triple.
Maple’s Zac Sardellitti homered in the second and Windsor’s Jake Lumley singled in the tying run in the fifth, setting the stage for the bottom of the seventh.
With one out, DeSouza walked, and Windsor’s Jacob Robson and Lumley singled to load the bases for Triolo.
Port Hope’s Cal Quantrill restored order when he took the mound in the third inning. He did not allow a run or a hit, walked two and fanned four, picking up the win and player of the game honours.
Triolo led Ontario hitting .370 (10-for-27) with seven RBIs, followed by Robson and his .333 mark (8-for-24) with two RBIs, while Lumley hit .308 (8-for-26) with an RBI and Yari .308 (4-for-13) with two RBIs.
Etobicoke third baseman Johnny Caputo, Windsor outfielder Brett Siddall, Triolo, Robson and Quantrill were named to the all-tournament team.
For Ontario coach Marc Picard of Windsor, Ont. it was his 14th Canadian title (seven juveniles, four Canada Cups, one Summer Games, one junior and bantam title at Vaughan in 2010).
On to 2012
Only 42 weeks until next year’s draft. The top Canadian is expected to be 6-foot-4 Jeff Gibbs, a former Blue Jays pick in 2010, who had a successful summer on Cape Cod. The East York right-hander will pitch for the University of Maine Black Bears and coach Steve Trimper.
The next two are 6-foor-5 Ryan Kellogg, a Whitby lefty who pitches for Rob and Rich Butler’s Ontario Prospects, and 6-foot-2 right-hander Dawe, who is with Scott Van deValk’s Ontario Terriers. Both also pitch for Greg Hamilton and the Canadian national junior team.
Kellogg worked a scoreless inning at the annual Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field last weekend.
North York outfielder Gareth Morgan had two at-bats in the game and former major-league manager Larry Bowa raved about Morgan’s future on MLB Network, which televised the game.
Former Markham Mariner Carson Kelly also was in the game.
There were over 100 players looking for spots at the USSSA All-American Games in Kississimee Fla. last weekend. Hamilton outfielder Andris Rizquez earned first team All-Americans honours and is on next year’s team.
The U.S. team heads to tournaments this fall, possibly Mexico, and next year in France.
Right-hander Skylar Janisse of Maidstone, Ont. made the same team last year.
The junior nationals began in Windsor on Thursday, with Ontario champion St. Thomas Tomcats, runner-up Mississauga North Tigers and host Windsor Selects competing ... Midget play began in Regina, Sask. with the London Badgers representing Ontario ... The seniors begins next week in Miramichi, N.B., while the bantams open next week in Vaughan.
Bob’s Canadian player of the week
Jordon Lennerton, Langley, B.C.
Brett Lawrie isn’t the only player from Langley, as Lennerton showed this week, as the best of the 120 Canadians in the minors. Lennerton hit .423 (11-for-26) with a homer and five RBIs for class-A Lakeland.
- James Paxton, Ladner, B.C. 6 2/3 scoreless 10 strikeouts (fifth time in 17 starts with 10 or more starts) double-A Jackson;
- Eric Sim, Abbotsford, B.C. .500 (5-for-10) with three RBIs, Arizona-League Giants;
- Cambridge’s Jeff Hunt, .385 at class-A Ogden (Dodgers);
- Chris Bisson, Orleans, Ont., .346, four RBIs, class-A Ft. Wayne (Padres);
- Frank LaFreniere, St. Bruno, Que. two wins 3.00 ERA in 12 innings Gulf Coast Braves,
- James Adduci, .323 double-A Tennessee (Cubs);
- Ryan LaPensee, La Salle, Ont. .333 class-A Visalia (Diamondbacks);
- Chris Robinson, Dorchester, Ont. .333 triple-A Iowa (Cubs).
Moves of the week
- Justin Morneau, New Westminster, B.C., recalled by the Minnesota Twins from rehab assignment at triple-A Rochester.
- Rene Tosoni, Coquitlam, B.C., recalled by the Twins from triple-A Rochester.
- Michael Saunders, Victoria, B.C., activated at triple-A Tacoma (Mariners).
- Chris Dennis, Amherstburg, Ont. activated at single-A Brevard County (Brewers).
- Tim Smith, Toronto, activated by the Kansas City Royals and sent to rookie-class Arizona League on rehab.
- Calgary’s Jim Henderson moved to double-A Huntsville (Brewers).
- Cale Iorg, Toronto, Ont. moved by triple-A Toledo, from double-A Erie, returned to Erie after one game (Tigers)
- Guelph’s Josh Garton promoted to single-A Dayton (Reds).
- Markham’s Jeremiah Sammy moved to single-A Tri City (Rockies).
- Toronto’s Sammie Starr, placed on the disabled list at single-A Aberdeen (Orioles).