2005 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - LaRonde Little League (Timmins, Ontario)
At Participark

Participating Teams City League
British Columbia Champions Surrey Whalley 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 Regina (Saskatchewan) North Regina LL
Host League Timmins (Ontario) LaRonde LL

NOTE: The 2005 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. The fifth and sixth place teams met in a consolation game.

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Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, August 6):
Whalley (British Columbia) 7, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 1, Valleyfield (Quebec) 0
High Park (Ontario) 8, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 1

Round 2 (Sunday, August 7):
High Park (Ontario) 7, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 3
Whalley (British Columbia) 9, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 8, Valleyfield (Quebec) 5

Round 3 (Monday, August 8):
Whalley (British Columbia) 8, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 6
High Park (Ontario) 13, Valleyfield (Quebec) 1 (4 innings)
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 13, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 (5 innings)

Round 4 (Tuesday, August 9):
High Park (Ontario) 4, Whalley (British Columbia) 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 8, Valleyfield (Quebec) 2
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 5, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0

Round 5 (Wednesday, August 10):
Whalley (British Columbia) 4, Valleyfield (Quebec) 3
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 10, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 6
High Park (Ontario) 9, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 2


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
High Park (Ontario) 5 0 15
Whalley (British Columbia) 4 1 13
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 3 2 27
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2 3 26
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 1 4 36
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 5 34

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round. The remaining two teams advance to a consolation game.

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 (Friday, August 12)

High Park (Ontario) 7, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 4
Whalley (British Columbia) 5, North Regina (Saskatchewan) 1

Consolation Game (Friday, August 12)

Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 7, Valleyfield (Quebec) 7 (tie game; 7 innings)

Bronze Medal Game (Saturday, August 13)

North Regina (Saskatchewan) 5, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 4

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 13)

Whalley (British Columbia) 6, High Park (Ontario) 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Canadian singer/songwriter Shania Twain rocketed to musical stardom in the 1990s, releasing four albums that together have sold well over 50 million copies worldwide. The singer, who spent most of her childhood in the Northern Ontario city of Timmins, followed these platinum discs with a greatest hits collection released in November of 2004.

Eight months after the greatest hits effort from Timmins' most famous native hit stores, a different collection of all-time standards descended upon Timmins -- but instead of Twain's library of country and pop chartbusters, this group included some of Canada's most storied Little League programs.

Most of the programs reached the top of the charts long before Timmins' famous chanteuse broke through in the 1990s. Quebec's Valleyfield Little League made the first of its eight Little League World Series appearances in 1958, and went on to win at least one title during each decade through the the close of the 20th century. Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League, a five-time Canadian champion, is a fixture at the Canadian championship tournament: longtime manager Henry Boutilier arrived in Timmins having logged an even 100 games in region tournament competition, including one as a player during Glace Bay's first appearance in 1968. British Columbia champion Whalley Little League won the first of its three Canadian titles in 1973, and Toronto's High Park Little League won the first of its four in 1960, when the league was known as the Parkdale Lions Little League. North Regina (Saskatchewan) Little League was three years removed from its first Canadian title, and like the others, was looking for more.

Together, the five leagues came to Timmins having won a combined 73 provincial titles in the major baseball division alone. In every year since 1986, at least one of the five has reached the region tournament, and during that time no more than two years have passed without one of the group emerging as Canada's champion. The five leagues are as close to a group of Canada's greatest Little League hits as is likely to be found.

High Park and Whalley looked to add to their title collection when they met in the Canadian championship game at LaRonde Little League's Participark. Less than two hours later, thanks in large part to the efforts of pitcher Jeff Degano, Whalley had become the smash hit of the summer.

Degano needed only 77 pitches to throw a complete game four-hitter, and Whalley topped High Park, 6-1, to claim its fourth Canadian championship. With the win, Whalley advanced to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Whalley manager Glen Morache. "Ever since I started coaching eight years ago, this has been it. This is an absolute dream come true."

Degano smothered High Park's potent offence in the title game, striking out nine, walking none, and facing just 21 batters. He surrendered a solo home run by Jack Benson in the second inning, then allowed only one runner to advance as far as third base the rest of the game. High Park had averaged eight runs per game at Timmins prior to the championship game.

"I can't say enough about Jeff," said Morache. "He was struggling at the start of our provincial tournament, but we worked with him and he stuck with it.

"He came up big today," added the British Columbia manager.

While High Park struggled to solve the Whalley left-hander, the British Columbia champions' offence banged out ten hits, and capitalized on five High Park errors.

Two of the errors helped to produce Whalley's first run in the second inning. Chris Fischer reached on a fielder's choice, and Degano followed with a single. The return throw skipped loosely into the infield, and with Fischer attempting to advance, High Park's throw to third base flew wide and out of play. Fischer scored the tying run on the play, and Degano then scored when third baseman Nick Rohla followed with a single of his own.

"We had the momentum," said High Park manager David Trimble. "But that double error turned things their way. (After that), we couldn't pull it back together."

Whalley broke the game open in the fifth. Fischer led off with a home run over the left field fence, then Degano singled. Alexander Dunbar bunted, and reached safely when the throw to first base hit him in the back. Degano moved to third on the play, and scored on Justin Atkinson's infield hit. Dunbar later scored on a wild pitch, and Atkinson scored from second on the same play when the throw to the pitcher covering home was wild.

Degano then closed out the victory, shutting down a High Park offence that had hit a collective .358 while winning its six prior games in the tournament.

"He did well," said Whalley coach Joe Burns.

"Our defence is incredible," he added. "Our offence comes through when it has to, but our defence and our pitching is second to nobody."

Whalley allowed more than two runs in a game only twice in district and provincial tournament play, and the British Columbia champions continued their strong pitching on the first two days of round robin competition. Fischer threw a one-hitter as Whalley blanked Glace Bay 7-0 in the tournament's opening game, and Dunbar followed the next day with a one-hitter of his own in Whalley's 9-0 victory over the host LaRonde Little League team. After an 8-6 victory over North Regina -- Whalley blew a 6-0 lead in the third inning before scoring twice in the sixth to win it -- the B.C. champions suffered their only loss in Canadian competition with a 4-1 loss to High Park.

Fischer struck out nine batters in five-plus innings in the loss, but Braves' pitcher Malcolm Lewis held Whalley to three hits while turning in High Park's fourth complete game victory in as many days. Whalley scratched for a first inning run to tie the game 1-1, but Lewis kept the British Columbia champions off the scoreboard the rest of the way, and High Park took the lead for good in the second inning. Third baseman Jeremy Newton had a pair of hits, drove in a run, and stole home in the fifth to pace the Ontario offence.

"That was a very good Little League ball game," said Trimble. "(Whalley) played very well, I thought, and so did we."

Morache agreed.

"It was a good game," said the Whalley manager. "I hope we see them again."

With High Park and Whalley already assured of the top two seeds -- and therefore positions on opposite sides of the semifinal round draw -- the rematch could only happen in a title game meeting.

Whalley was the first to advance, downing North Regina 5-1 behind the eleven strikeout pitching of Dunbar in the first semifinal round game. High Park soon followed with a 7-4 victory over Glace Bay. The Colonels scored twice and left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, then High Park moved in front two innings later when Jesse Clarke drove a home run over the center field wall and Newton followed with a two-run shot. Lewis padded the lead by stealing home in the fourth, and doubles by Lewis and Grant and a sacrifice by Benson helped the Ontario champions pull away in the fifth.

The next day, Degano helped send the Braves tumbling to their first loss at Timmins, and just their second loss in 16 international tournament games.

"Our kids scrapped their way through the whole tournament," said Trimble. "But unfortunately, it comes down to one game.

"B.C. has a good team," said the High Park manager. "I give them full marks and wish them all the best in Williamsport."

The thirty-six year coaching veteran not only wished Whalley well, but also drew upon his experience as the pilot of High Park's 2000 Little League World Series team to help Morache anticipate what lay ahead in South Williamsport.

"(Trimble) told me what goes on and what we can expect," said Morache as his team prepared to depart for Pennsylvania. "It's just a great experience in itself to be going. I can't wait."

The experience that Timmins provided, meanwhile, helped the host league joined the ranks of Canada's greatest hits in its own way.

"I have been to a few Canadian championships over the years," said Morache. "Timmins has been by far the best hosts I've ever seen.

"The whole city should be proud," he added. "The way they looked after us was unbelievable."

"It has been a great experience for (the players)," concurred Trimble.

As was the time in South Williamsport for the new Canadian champions. Canada's greatest hit became an international success, as well. Whalley won two of its three pool games at the Little League World Series, and became the first Canadian representative to advance out of pool competition since Langley (British Columbia) Little League in 1998. Though the team's season ended with an 11-0 loss to Chiba City (Japan) Little League in the international semifinals, Whalley's journey was one to which many artists would aspire.

Surrey, Victoria, Timmins, and finally South Williamsport -- from local success to the top of the charts.


Linescores:

  Round 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Whalley (British Columbia) 2 0 3 0 2 x 7 9 0
  Round 1
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
  Round 1
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
High Park (Ontario) 0 3 1 0 4 x 8 10 0
  Round 2
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 5 2
High Park (Ontario) 2 0 0 0 5 x 7 8 3
  Round 2
Whalley (British Columbia) 0 1 2 0 3 3 9 7 2
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
  Round 2
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 4 2 1 1 0 0 8 11 1
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 4 0 0 0 1 5 9 1
  Round 3
Whalley (British Columbia) 2 4 0 0 0 2 8 13 1
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 9 3
  Round 3
High Park (Ontario) 2 4 6 1 13 15 0
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
  Round 3
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 1 3 4 5 13 9 0
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5
  Round 4
High Park (Ontario) 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 5 1
Whalley (British Columbia) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
  Round 4
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1 2 1 1 0 3 8 11 1
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 2
  Round 4
Timming LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 0 1 3 1 0 x 5 5 0
  Round 5
Whalley (British Columbia) 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 9 2
Valleyfield (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 4 1
  Round 5
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 4 2 0 0 0 0 6 7 2
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 2 0 2 5 1 x 10 13 3
  Round 5
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 5
High Park (Ontario) 2 0 4 0 3 0 9 7 2
  Semifinal Round
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 9 3
High Park (Ontario) 0 0 3 1 3 x 7 8 0
  Semifinal Round
Whalley (British Columbia) 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 0
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
  Consolation Game (Fifth Place)
Valleyfield (Quebec) 1 0 4 0 0 2 0 7 6 1
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 7 9 0
  Consolation Game (Third Place)
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 5 1
North Regina (Saskatchewan) 0 0 1 3 1 x 5 7 1
  Championship Game
Whalley (British Columbia) 0 0 2 0 4 0 6 10 2
High Park (Ontario) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 5




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