2003 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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2003

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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Sydney, Nova Scotia
At Vince Muise Field; Sydney River

Participating Teams City League
British Columbia Champions White Rock White Rock South Surrey LL
Maritime Provinces Champions Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Glace Bay LL
Ontario Champions Toronto High Park LL
Quebec Champions Valleyfield Valleyfield LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Moose Jaw LL
Host League Sydney (Nova Scotia) Sydney LL

NOTE: The 2003 Canadian Region Tournament used a round-robin format. At the completion of round-robin play, the top four teams advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

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Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, August 2):
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 3, White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 2
High Park (Ontario) 6, Valleyfield (Quebec) 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 6, Sydney (Nova Scotia) 0

Round 2 (Sunday, August 3):
High Park (Ontario) 4, White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 3 (8 innings)
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 19, Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 1 (5 innings)
Sydney (Nova Scotia) 8, Valleyfield (Quebec) 3

Round 3 (Monday, August 4):
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 8, Valleyfield (Quebec) 6 (7 innings)
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 3, White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 1
High Park (Ontario) 15, Sydney (Nova Scotia) 0 (5 innings)

Round 4 (Tuesday, August 5):
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 10, Valleyfield (Quebec) 1
High Park (Ontario) 3, Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 2
Sydney (Nova Scotia) 1, White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 0

Round 5 (Wednesday, August 6):
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) versus High Park (Ontario) (POSTPONED TO 8/7 - RAIN)
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) versus Valleyfield (Quebec) (POSTPONED TO 8/7 - RAIN)
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) versus Sydney (Nova Scotia) (POSTPONED TO 8/7 - RAIN)

Round 5 Make-Up Games (Thursday, August 7):
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2, High Park (Ontario) 1
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 10, Sydney (Nova Scotia) 1
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 14, Valleyfield (Quebec) 2 (4 innings)


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 5 0 4
High Park (Ontario) 4 1 8
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 3 2 31
Sydney (Nova Scotia) 2 3 34
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 1 4 13
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 5 46

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Canadian Region Tournament Semifinals (Saturday, August 9)

Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 4, High Park (Ontario) 3
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 3, Sydney (Nova Scotia) 0

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 9)

Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2, Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) 0 (TITLE) (NO-HITTER)


Summary:

As far as Henry Boutilier is concerned, Marilyn Monroe had it all wrong.

It's the redheads that have more fun.

The longtime Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League manager promised his team at the start of the international tournament that they could dye his hair red if Glace Bay reached the Little League World Series. After his team roared through three tournaments and began settling into the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove compound at Little League's international headquarters in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Boutilier happily submitted to his part of the bargain.

Boutilier's players had held up their end of the deal, defeating Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Little League 2-0 in the Canadian Region championship game before 7,000 onlookers at Vince Muise Field in Sydney River, Nova Scotia. Brandon Petite threw a no-hitter, striking out eleven batters and allowing only two baserunners. The right-hander also drove in both of Glace Bay's runs, homering in the second inning and singling home Daniel Lewis from second base in the fourth.

"He has been getting ready for this day since he was nine years old," said Boutilier of Petite's overpowering championship game performance. "(Glace Bay coach) Jimmy Wilson went back and coached him when he was nine and we were together the last two years. Since it all began, we have been waiting for this day."

"It is very emotional for coaches like myself who have been with the program for a long time," he added.

The win gave Glace Bay its fifth Canadian championship, and first since 1994. Glace Bay moved into a tie with Trail (British Columbia) Little League for the most Canadian championships won since the first nationwide tournament was held in 1965. Boutilier, in his 25th year as a manager in the Glace Bay program, joined legendary Trail coach Andy Bilesky as the only managers who have guided five Canadian teams to the Little League World Series.

"Winning a fifth title was an objective of mine, that's for sure," said Boutilier after the championship game. "And the kids told me since the start of the season that they were going to win it for me."

Glace Bay backed up their promise on the field, winning the championship games of the Nova Scotia, Maritime Provinces, and Canadian championships all on no-hitters. Petite did the honors in the Nova Scotia and Canadian championship games, while eleven-year-old Jeff Conn held Saint John North (New Brunswick) Little League hitless in an 11-0 victory that advanced the Colonels to the Canadian championships.

Once there, Glace Bay rode its overpowering pitching to to the championship. No opponent scored more than one run against the Colonels, and Glace Bay outscored its opponents 45-4 in seven tournament games.

"We said from the start of the tournament we had good pitchers, and then proved it," said Boutilier.

Petite set the tone in the Colonels' opener, striking out seventeen batters and allowing only one hit as Glace Bay downed host Sydney Little League 6-0. For the tournament, 36 of the 45 outs Petite recorded in 15 innings of work came via strikeouts. The next day, Conn held Moose Jaw to one run, while Glace Bay's offense pounded out 21 hits and capitalized on six errors in a 19-1 win. Mitchell Campbell led the way with four hits, while Jonathan Boutilier, Daniel Lewis, and Kenny Routledge added three hits apiece.

Glace Bay's strong pitching continued in their third game, a 3-1 decision over hard-luck White Rock South Surrey Little League. The British Columbia champions, who lost their first four games of the tournament by a combined five runs, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Glace Bay responded with two in the second and one in the third. Joey Roberts scattered four hits in a complete game effort and Daniel Lewis delivered a solo home run for the Colonels, who joined Toronto's High Park Little League in clinching a semifinal round berth by winning their first three games.

While awaiting their semifinal round opponent, Glace Bay closed out their round-robin schedule with two more wins. Conn and Myles Heffernan delivered three hits each as the Colonels rolled past Valleyfield (Quebec) 10-1, and with both teams setting their pitching rotations for the elimination rounds, Glace Bay edged High Park 2-1 in a matchup of the tournament's final two undefeated teams.

High Park faced Moose Jaw in the first semifinal round, and the Prairie Provinces champions jumped to a 3-0 lead before a thunderstorm suspended the day's action and forced officials to schedule a semifinal/championship round doubleheader the next day. When play resumed, High Park quickly tied the game on back-to-back home runs by Ryan Panas and Brendon Horgan, but Clark Munroe singled home Regan Kuzek from second base in the top of the fifth inning as Moose Jaw rallied for a 4-3 win to reach the Canadian championship game for the first time in the league's history.

Conn made sure that Glace Bay soon joined Moose Jaw in the championship game, throwing a five-hit shutout as the Colonels eliminated Sydney 3-0. Lewis snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the third, and Campbell drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to complete the scoring.

Later that afternoon, Glace Bay managed only five hits against Moose Jaw pitcher David Lepine, but Petite was overpowering and gave the Colonels their first ever undefeated Canadian champion.

"We had never done that before, even the four times we had won," said Henry Boutilier of his team's sweep at the region tournament. "It is something different, something special."

Despite the loss, Moose Jaw's coaches were pleased with their team's improved showing after their earlier loss to the Colonels.

"I was really happy for the kids because of the way the game went that first time we played them," said Moose Jaw coach Gene Cochrane. "They wanted a little redemption."

"We were right in there all the way," said coach Gary Lepine.

"The kids played well, but Glace Bay is a tough team," added Cochrane. "For sure they were the class of the tournament."

While pitching was the Colonels' obvious strength, Henry Boutilier knew that the true secret to Glace Bay's success went beyond his team's pitching arsenal.

"It has been a team effort from day one," said the Glace Bay manager. "Both Jimmy (Wilson) and I stressed to the kids that it takes a contribution from every player to win the Canadian title, and every player contributed in the tournament and throughout the season. We had role players who bunted in key situations or made key defensive plays or had timely hits. Everyone contributed to us winning the title."

It was only fitting that everyone contributed one more time, helping to turn their coaches' hair a vibrant shade of red not generally found in nature.

Henry Boutilier couldn't have been happier with the change.


Linescores:

  Round 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Moose Jaw 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 6 1
White Rock South Surrey 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 2
  Round 1
Valleyfield 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 1
High Park 2 0 0 0 4 x 6 7 1
  Round 1
Glace Bay 1 0 0 2 1 2 6 7 0
Sydney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
  Round 2
White Rock South Surrey 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 11 4
High Park 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 7 0
  Round 2
Glace Bay 4 0 0 5 10 19 21 2
Moose Jaw 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 6
  Round 2
Valleyfield 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 6 5
Sydney 1 0 1 4 2 x 8 5 3
  Round 3
Moose Jaw 2 0 3 0 0 1 2 8 13 3
Valleyfield 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 7 4
  Round 3
Glace Bay 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 8 3
White Rock South Surrey 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
  Round 3
High Park 5 3 1 0 6 15 22 0
Sydney 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
  Round 4
Glace Bay 1 2 4 2 1 0 10 18 0
Valleyfield 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 2
  Round 4
Moose Jaw 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
High Park 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 7 1
  Round 4
Sydney 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
White Rock South Surrey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
  Round 5
Glace Bay 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 2
High Park 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
  Round 5
Moose Jaw 1 3 0 2 0 4 10 10 1
Sydney 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
  Round 5
Valleyfield 0 0 2 0 2 3 7
White Rock South Surrey 3 0 11 x 14 11 1
  Semifinal Round
Moose Jaw 0 3 0 0 1 0 4 6 0
High Park 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 3
  Semifinal Round
Sydney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Glace Bay 0 0 2 0 1 x 3 8 2
  Championship Game
Glace Bay 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Moose Jaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1




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