Bamtam Royals champs of Canada

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

They were dominant in every phase of the game.

The Brampton Royals won the bantam eliminations earlier this month, winning on a walk-off single. Then, representing Ontario at the Baseball Canada nationals, the Royals steamrolled their way to a Canadian title in Vaughan.

Austin Ferguson hit three triples, knocking in four runs, as Ontario roared in front 11-0 after 21/2 innings on the way to an 11-3 win over British Columbia in the championship final on Sunday.

Nathan Arruda started for the Royals, working 42/3 innings and allowing two runs for the win.

Ferguson and Arruda were a winning formula for coach Kyle MacKinnon's team throughout the season. The Royals went 17-1 in Central Ontario play, won the annual Michael Kim tourney, won the eliminations and it continued during the nationals.

Feguson hit .591 (13-for-22) with two doubles, four triples, three homers and 15 RBIs to win the tourney and MVP honours. He also earned all-tourney honours and was named the top defensive player.

Arruda was 2-0, with a 1.45 ERA as he walked three and fanned 14 in 92/3 innings. Arruda was named to the all-tourney team and earned top defensive glove honours.

Troy Daring and Arruda each had two hits in the final, as Conner Morro knocked in two runs.

Trailing 2-0 in the seventh against Quebec in the semi-final, Ryan Koivu singled with one out and No. 9 hitter Morro was hit with a pitch. Jade Salmon-Williams followed with a two-run triple to tie the game and then scored the winning run on a single by Mississauga's Royce Ando.

Jake Medeiros hit a two-run double in the sixth and Randall Winger had two hits in a 4-1 win over Nova Scotia in the opener of pool play.

Next, Ferguson had three hits knocking in five runs in a 13-0 romp over Manitoba. Salmon-Williams doubled twice, while Jake Medeiros tripled, singled and drove in two runs, Nickolon Dudhnath tripled and Sam Medeiros doubled,

Salmon-Williams doubled and tripled, while Ferguson knocked in three runs in a 13-8 win against New Brunswick.

Cole White pitched five scoreless, allowing two hits and fanning four, in a 13-0 round-robin win over Quebec. Ferguson homered and doubled, while Salmon-Williams doubled and tripled, knocking in two runs apiece.

For the host Vaughan Vikings, Barrie's Ryan Rijo, 1-0, 2.80, with nine strikeouts in five innings, earned MVP honours. He also hit .267 with three triples and four RBIs. Vikings making the all-star team were Orleans outfielder Demi Orimoloye, who hit .471 (8-for-17) one double, one triple, three homers and nine RBIs, plus third baseman Matthew Bondy, who owned a .353 mark (6-for-17) with a double, two triples, one homer and five RBIs.

Québec won bronze with a 14-2 win over Manitoba. Jérémy Caron had three hits and three RBIs, while Manitoba's Riley Poole won the top catcher award.

BIG-TIME REVIEW

Baseball America's Connor Glassey covered the East Coast Professional Showcase and had this to say about Port Hope's Cal Quantrill, one of the standouts who caught his eye:

Another pitcher with big league bloodlines, Cal's dad Paul pitched in the majors from 1992-2005 and was an all-star in 2001. Cal has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds with long arms and legs, though he also showed good athleticism and fielded his position well. Quantrill's fastball sat in the 88-90 mph range with good downhill plane and some armside run. His second-best pitch is a changeup around 75-76 mph and he threw a couple sliders at 79 mph. Quantrill showed a clean delivery and worked quickly during his outings. Quantrill showed excellent poise on the mound. That should come as no surprise considering his background and the fact that, as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, he's used to pitching against college and pro hitters (and is currently in South Korea as the Worlds begin). With an SAT score of 2040, Quantrill was also one of the brightest students at the event and is committed to Stanford.


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