2000 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results

Canadian Region Tournament



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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Turtle Club LL (LaSalle, Ontario)

Participating Teams City League
British Columbia Champions Langley North Langley LL
Maritime Provinces Champions Rothesay (New Brunswick) Kennebecasis Valley LL
Ontario Champions Toronto High Park LL
Quebec Champions Valleyfield Valleyfield LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Regina (Saskatchewan) North Regina LL
Host League LaSalle (Ontario) Turtle Club 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 Schedule/Results:

Wednesday, August 9 - Round 1:
Game 1 - Toronto High Park (ON) 4, North Langley (BC) 2 (7 innings)
Game 2 - Valleyfield (QC) 8, North Regina (SK) 0
Game 3 - LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 1, Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 0 (7 innings)

Thursday, August 10 - Round 2:
Game 4 - North Langley (BC) 6, North Regina (SK) 1
Game 5 - Toronto High Park 15, Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 0 (4 innings)
Game 6 - Valleyfield (QC) 6, LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 2

Friday, August 11 - Round 3:
Game 7 - Valleyfield (QC) 8, Toronto High Park (ON) 0
Game 8 - North Langley (BC) 13, Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 1 (4 innings)
Game 9 - LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 3, North Regina (SK) 1 (9 innings)

Saturday, August 12 - Round 4:
Game 10 - Valleyfield (QC) 10, Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 0 (4 innings)
Game 11 - Toronto High Park (ON) 13, North Regina (SK) 1 (4 innings)
Game 12 - North Langley (BC) 10, LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 0 (4 innings)

Sunday, August 13 - Round 5:
Game 13 - North Regina (SK) 4, Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 2
Game 14 - Valleyfield (QC) 7, North Langley (BC) 1
Game 15 - Toronto High Park (ON) 9, LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 1


Standings

W

L
Valleyfield (QC) 50
Toronto High Park (ON) 41
North Langley (BC) 32
LaSalle Turtle Club (ON) 23
North Regina (SK) 14
Kennebecasis Valley (NB) 05

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game:

Toronto High Park (ON) 4, Valleyfield (QC) 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

It was perhaps the most fitting way to say goodbye.

Less than 24 hours after longtime High Park Little League coach Dick Perry passed away following a long battle with cancer, the Toronto club combined superb pitching, solid defence, and timely hitting to defeat Valleyfield, Quebec 4-1 in the final game of the 2000 Canadian Little League championships. Perry, who guided the Braves to their first Canadian championship in 1989 and whose coaching tenure extended to include members of the 2000 Braves team, was affiliated with the High Park program for over 30 years.

Ozzie Diaz, who as a ten-year-old played for Perry's regular season team, led the charge for High Park. Diaz pitched a four-hitter and struck out nine against a Valleyfield club that had pounded the Ontario champions for eight runs and nine hits when the teams met during the tournament's round-robin phase. Diaz also contributed a double and a homer to help the Braves put together a stronger showing offensively than in their earlier 8-0 loss.

High Park struck first in the title game, when Diaz's first inning single scored Aaron Cabral. Valleyfield responded in the bottom of the inning when Michael Deguire doubled home Maxim Gougeon. Diaz and Valleyfield pitcher Eric Robineault then locked into a pitcher's duel, and the game remained tied until the fifth inning.

That's when High Park manager David Trimble sent pinch hitter Anthony DeGiorgio to the plate. DeGiorgio slammed the second pitch he saw over the right-center field fence to push the Ontario team back into the lead. One inning later, Diaz drilled a two-run homer to left to extend the lead and lift High Park to its third Canadian championship in a twelve year span.

High Park and Valleyfield both opened the tournament with a pair of wins. The Ontario contingent edged B.C. champion North Langley 4-2 in extra innings in their opener, and then routed Kennebecasis Valley (New Brunswick) 13-0 in the second round. Diaz held North Langley to two hits and struck out ten, while Cabral's walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh gave High Park the victory. High Park then made quick work of the Maritime representatives. The Braves scored six runs in the top of the first inning before Kennebecasis Valley recorded the game's first out, and later added a single run in the second inning and eight more in the third. Derek Patskou was 2-for-3 with a home run for High Park, while Julian Olibera was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Winning pitcher Josh Pisapio limited the New Brunswick club to one hit while striking out four.

Valleyfield started strong, as well. Kevin Lecompte struck out 13 and threw a two-hitter to lead Les Elites past North Regina 8-0 in the tournament opener. Phillippe Ringuette had two RBIs for Valleyfield, which took advantage of eight North Regina errors. The next day, Valleyfield strung together two-run rallies in the second, third, and fourth innings to defeat the host Turtle Club 6-2.

The two unbeaten clubs then met in the tournament's third round, and Robineault's one-hit, twelve strikeout performance led Valleyfield to their 8-0 victory. Valleyfield continued to benefit from stellar pitching as the tournament progressed, as Michael Deguire threw a two-hitter in a 10-0 blanking of Kennebecasis Valley in the fourth round and Lecompte turned in a two-hitter of his own and added a two-run homer as Valleyfield closed their unbeaten round-robin run with a 7-1 win over North Langley.

High Park rebounded quickly from their loss to Valleyfield. Matthew MacDonald hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Braves blasted North Regina 13-1 in four innings. Despite the win, High Park found themselves in a must-win situation in the final round-robin game against the Turtle Club. A win by the host would have created a three-way tie for second between High Park, LaSalle, and North Langley, with the survivor of a playoff then facing a well-rested Valleyfield team.

High Park never gave the Turtle Club a chance. In a reprise of their quick start against North Regina, the Braves' first five hitters in the top of the first inning all reached on base hits, as High Park jumped to a quick 4-0 lead. Olibera, MacDonald, and Patskou all added home runs later in the game, and High Park cruised into the title game with a 9-1 victory.

High Park's victory in the championship game earned the Ontario charter its third trip to the Little League World Series, and extended an impressive twelve-year cycle. Several players on High Park's 2000 team were born in 1989, and it was in that year that Perry directed the Braves to their first ever Ontario and Canadian titles. During the twelve years bookended by High Park's first and third World Series appearances, the Braves won six Ontario titles, and parlayed those titles into three region championships as well as three Canadian runner-up finishes. Dick Perry was instrumental in building the success that the High Park program saw during this era, and High Park coaches told their players before the championship game that their former coach was watching over them.

No doubt he would have been pleased by what he saw.


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Toronto High Park 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 8 0
Valleyfield 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0




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