2004 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - LNDB LL (Loisirs Notre-Dame de Bonsecours) (Brossard, Quebec)
At Marie-Victorin Park

Participating Teams City League
British Columbia Champions Langley Langley LL
Maritime Provinces Champions Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) Sydney Mines LL
Ontario Champions Nepean East Nepean LL
Quebec Champions Montreal N.D.G. Minor Baseball League LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Regina (Saskatchewan) North Regina LL
Host League Brossard (Quebec) LNDB (Loisirs Notre-Dame de Bonsecours) LL

NOTE: The 2004 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.

Click here to view Provincial Tournament results for Canadian Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, August 7):
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 11, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1 (5 innings)
Langley (British Columbia) 11, LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 0 (4 innings)
East Nepean (Ontario) 6, N.D.G. (Quebec) 5

Round 2 (Sunday, August 8):
Langley (British Columbia) 12, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 0
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 3, N.D.G. (Quebec) 2 (7 innings)
East Nepean (Ontario) 7, LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 0

Round 3 (Monday, August 9):
East Nepean (Ontario) 12, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 5
Langley (British Columbia) 9, N.D.G. (Quebec) 0
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 16, LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 0

Round 4 (Tuesday, August 10):
N.D.G. (Quebec) 10, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 3
Langley (British Columbia) 1, East Nepean (Ontario) 0
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 6, LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 1

Round 5 (Wednesday, August 11):
Langley (British Columbia) 4, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 3
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 8, East Nepean (Ontario) 7
N.D.G. (Quebec) 11, LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 1


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Langley (British Columbia) 5 0 3
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 3 2 30
East Nepean (Ontario) 3 2 19
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 2 3 30
N.D.G. (Quebec) 2 3 22
LNDB (Brossard, Quebec) 0 5 51

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round. Tiebreaking games will be held if necessary to determine the four semifinalists.

Tiebreaking Game (Thursday, August 12)

N.D.G. (Quebec) 3, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0 (NO-HITTER)

Canadian Region Tournament Semifinals (Saturday, August 14)

N.D.G. (Quebec) 1, Langley (British Columbia) 0
East Nepean (Ontario) 6, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 3

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 14)

East Nepean (Ontario) 4, N.D.G. (Quebec) 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Little League Baseball first came to Canada in 1951, and quickly began to flourish throughout the country. Within a few years, ten charters had been formed in and around the Canadian capital of Ottawa, including the City View Little League, which was formed in Nepean, Ontario, in 1956, and soon began competing alongside the other newly-established area leagues in Little League Baseball's international tournament.

Forty-nine summers, nine district championships, and one name change after the fledgling City View baseball program first took flight, the Eagles landed. The East Nepean Little League, as City View was renamed, defeated Montreal's N.D.G. Little League 4-1 in the 2004 Canadian Region tournament championship game at Marie-Victorin Park in Brossard, Quebec.

With the win, East Nepean became the first Ottawa-area league ever to win the Canadian championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the Little League World Series.

"It's very surreal," said East Nepean coach Michael O'Byrne after the championship game. "Who would have thought twelve kids from East Nepean could do this?"

Alex Baldock led the way for East Nepean in the championship game, throwing a two-hitter and earning his second win over N.D.G. in the tournament. East Nepean edged the Montreal West Enders 6-5 on the tournament's opening game, as Matthew DeLuca homered and drove in three runs, while Jesse O'Byrne delivered a two-run triple in the top of the sixth inning to extend a 4-3 lead before closing out Baldock's victory.

"I've got twelve exceptional ballplayers," said Eagles manager Mike Crepin at the conclusion of the Canadian championship tournament, "but the leadership of those three is great."

East Nepean quickly won its next two round robin games, rolling to a 3-0 start that assured the Ontario champions of a semifinal round berth. Jesse O'Byrne delivered a two-run double and Nick Gazo pitched a two-hit shutout as East Nepean downed the host LNDB-Brossard Little League 7-0, then DeLuca's two homer, seven RBI performance helped the Eagles overwhelm Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) Little League 16-5. Jesse O'Byrne threw a complete game and had a run-scoring triple as the East Nepean pulled away late with five runs in the fifth inning and four more on DeLuca's sixth inning grand slam.

East Nepean dropped its final two pool games, including a 1-0 loss to powerful Langley (British Columbia) Little League in the fourth round. Langley opened the tournament with four shutouts, and won all five of its round robin games by a combined 37-3 margin. The British Columbia champions, who won the Canadian championship in 1998, allowed only six hits in their four shutouts, then edged Sydney Mines 4-3 in a game played after the B.C. champions had wrapped up the tournament's top seed.

"Our pitchers have done exactly what we have wanted them to do," said Langley coach Shawn Corness. "They have located, they have hit their spots and gotten ahead in the count."

Kellin Deglan led the way for Langley, opening the tournament with a one-hitter in an 11-0 win over LNDB-Brossard, then returning in the third round with another one-hitter as Langley blanked N.D.G. 9-0. Victor Caruso led a parade of three Langley pitchers who combined on a two-hit shutout of North Regina in the second round, and later combined with Wes Darvill on a three-hitter in Langley's 1-0 win over East Nepean.

Langley had reached the Canadian championships when Caruso's two-out grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning stunned Victoria's Layritz Little League 6-4 in the championship game of the British Columbia provincial tournament. The Frazier Valley team's magic ran out when N.D.G. continued its recovery from an 0-3 start at the Canadian championships by upending Langley 1-0 in the semifinal round.

The Quebec champions pushed across an unearned run in the first inning, then rode the thirteen strikeout, three-hit pitching of Michael Fitzsimmons to the upset win.

"We made a couple of errors in the first inning, and they scored an unearned run," said Corness after the upset. "And that was it. We just couldn't get one across."

Darvill kept Langley close by throwing a one-hitter. The final batter of the game for the British Columbia champions hit a would-be three-run home run inches foul before Fitzsimmons closed out the win.

"Really, this was a small bump in the road for what they are going to achieve and do down the road," said Corness of his ballclub, which won 15 of its 18 international tournament games. "I am so proud of everything they did for the past two months."

East Nepean emerged from the other semifinal round matchup, avenging a pool loss to North Regina with a 6-3 win. Jesse O'Byrne drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher for the Eagles in the matchup. Later that day, East Nepean defeated N.D.G. and clinched a berth in the Little League World Series.

"When you think about it, it's like winning the lottery," said Michael O'Byrne after the title game win. "This is a life-altering experience, something we'll all remember forever."

And something others will remember, as well: soon after the team's return from the Little League World Series, the City of Ottawa renamed East Nepean's home fields to Eagle's Nest 1 and Eagle's Nest 2 in honor of the city's first-ever Little League World Series qualifier.

"Everybody at some point this season has had a game-winning or game-saving play," said Michael O'Byrne as his team prepared for its Little League World Series opener. "So they can all look at each other and know they are each responsible for us being here."




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