1998 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results

Canadian Region Tournament

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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
At Cameron Bowl

Participating Teams
British Columbia Champions
Maritime Province Champions
Ontario Champions
Quebec Champions
Prairie Provincial Champions
Host Team
Sydney (NS)
Stoney Creek
Calgary (AB)
Glace Bay (NS)
Langley LL
Sydney LL
Optimist LL
Valleyfield LL
Fish Creek LL
Glace Bay LL

NOTE: The Canadian Region Tournament uses a round-robin format. After preliminary round competition, the top two teams advance to the championship game. In the event of a tie, no tiebreaking formula is used; instead, knock-out game(s) are played to determine the two finalists.

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Canadian Region Tournament Results:

Round 1:
Langley (BC) 1, Calgary Fish Creek (AB) 0
Valleyfield (QC) 1, Stoney Creek Optimists (ON) 0
Glace Bay (NS) 7, Sydney (NS) 2

Round 2:
Valleyfield (QC) 7, Calgary Fish Creek (AB) 2
Langley (BC) 12, Sydney (NS) 0
Glace Bay (NS) 7, Stoney Creek Optimists (ON) 1

Round 3:
Sydney (NS) 2, Valleyfield (QC) 0
Stoney Creek Optimists (ON) 2, Calgary Fish Creek (AB) 0
Langley (BC) 2, Glace Bay (NS) 1

Round 4:
Sydney (NS) 3, Stoney Creek Optimists (ON) 0
Langley (BC) 15, Valleyfield (QC) 0
Glace Bay (NS) 8, Calgary Fish Creek (AB) 1

Round 5:
Langley (BC) 2, Stoney Creek Optimists (ON) 0
Sydney (NS) 5, Calgary Fish Creek (AB) 0
Glace Bay (NS) 10, Valleyfield (QC) 0

Final Standings


Langley (BC)50
Glace Bay (NS)41
Sydney (NS)32
Valleyfield (QC)23
Stoney Creek Optimists (ON)14
Calgary Fish Creek (AB)05

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game:

Langley (BC) 4, Glace Bay (NS) 1 (TITLE)


The pitching and hitting of burly right-hander Jeff Duda quieted a partisan 15,000-strong crowd as Langley, British Columbia defeated host Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in the championship game of the Canadian Region tournament. Langley, which allowed only three runs in six tournament games at Glace Bay, became the third consecutive league from British Columbia District 3 to win the Canadian title.

Duda was a part of two of those championship squads. As an eleven-year-old, Duda pitched a two-hit shutout in an elimination game at the region tournament to help his Whalley LL from Surrey, BC win the Canadian title. By the time the 1998 season began, Duda had moved into the boundaries of the Langley LL, and led his new team to District, Provincial, and Canadian titles.

Langley rolled past five opponents in round-robin competition to qualify for the championship game with a 5-0 record. The BC champions previewed their strong pitching in a 1-0 win over Calgary Fish Creek. Duda struck out 12 in the complete game win, and Tanner Mikesh provided the offense with a solo home run in the fifth inning. The next day, Sean Sargent fired a one-hitter and matched Duda's 12 strikeouts in a 12-0 victory over Sydney, Nova Scotia. Jordan Lennerton clubbed a single and a solo home run, while Duda iced the victory with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Glace Bay, which was competing in the Canadian championships for a record 13th consecutive year, also won its first two games to set up a matchup between two unbeaten clubs. Before a crowd of 8,000 fans at Glace Bay's Cameron Bowl stadium, Langley scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning and then relied on the strong pitching of left-hander Jared Krause in a 2-1 victory. Krause struck out 10 and allowed only four hits in the win, while Glace Bay's Robbie Harris threw five innings of shutout relief.

Langley clinched a berth in the title game with a 15-0 drubbing of Valleyfield, Quebec. Duda threw another shutout (he would ultimate allow only one unearned run in 16 innings pitched at the national tournament), while Mike Erickson, Sargent, Clayton Deglan, and Krause all homered in the win. While Langley was assured of a berth in the title game, Glace Bay, Valleyfield, and Sydney all had a chance to claim the other berth as the tournament entered the final day of round robin competition. Glace Bay could advance directly to the title game with a win over Valleyfield, while Valleyfield and Sydney could force a playoff with a Glace Bay loss.

Glace Bay avoided a playoff by drilling Valleyfield 10-0 to finish with a 4-1 record in the round robin competition. Harris belted a grand-slam home run that capped a seven run third inning rally for the Colonels, who pounded out 11 hits. Langley also won its final game, as Lennerton pitched the BC champions to a 2-1 win over Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Duda faced Glace Bay's Jared Vokey in the title game. Both pitchers threw well, as Duda fired a five-hitter and struck out nine, while Vokey allowed only three hits and struck out 10.

Glace Bay failed to capitalize on a pair of early opportunities in the title game. Mark Wadden singled and Ian Cote doubled with two outs in the second, but Duda ended the inning with a strikeout. After Vokey pitched a 1-2-3 second, Glace Bay threatened again in the third. With two outs, Hank Ford reached on an error and Vokey singled to center. Ford advanced to third on Vokey's single, and then tried to score when the throw from center to third sailed over the Langley third baseman's head. However, the Langley defense recovered quickly, and Ford was thrown out on a close play at the plate.

Momentum then quickly swung Toward Langley. Duda led off the bottom of the third inning with a towering home run to right-center field, and the overflow Cameron Bowl crowd was quickly quieted. Duda kept onlookers quiet by retiring the side in order on both the fourth and fifth innings, while Langley built its lead to 4-0. Brett Logan's two-out, two-run double made it 3-0, and Logan later scored on an error during a double steal attempt. Glace Bay scored an unearned run in the sixth when Vokey doubled and then scored on an error.

Langley turned in one of the strongest efforts by a Canadian champion in recent memory at the World Series in South Williamsport. Its 3-0 run through the international pool included wins over defending World Series champion Guadalupe Linda Vista (Mexico) and eventual international champion Kashima, Japan. Langley eventually lost 3-2 in extra innings to Kashima in the international bracket championship game.


  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Glace Bay 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Langley 0 0 1 3 0 x 4 4 3

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