2007 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Kiwanis National Little League (Regina, Saskatchewan)
At Kaplan Field

Participating Teams City League
Atlantic Provinces Champions Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) Sydney Mines LL
British Columbia Champions White Rock White Rock South Surrey LL
Ontario Champions Brockville Brockville LL
Quebec Champions Rouyn-Noranda Rouyn-Noranda LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Calgary (Alberta) Calgary West LL
Host League Regina (Saskatchewan) Kiwanis National LL

NOTE: The 2007 Canadian Region Tournament is using a round-robin format. At the completion of round-robin play, the top four teams advance to the tournament's second phase.

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Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, August 4):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 5, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1
Brockville (Ontario) 2, Calgary West (Alberta) 1
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 13, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 0 (5 innings)

Round 2 (Sunday, August 5):
Calgary West (Alberta) 5, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 4
Brockville (Ontario) 7, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 5
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 17, Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 0 (4 innings)

Round 3 (Monday, August 6):
Game 7 - Brockville (Ontario) versus White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) (postponed, rain - to be played 8/9)
Game 8 - Calgary West (Alberta) versus Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) (postponed, rain - to be played 8/9)
Game 9 - Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) versus Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) (postponed, rain - to be played 8/9)

Round 4 (Tuesday, August 7):
Brockville (Ontario) 5, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 17, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 1 (4 innings)
Calgary West (Alberta) 6, Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 2

Round 5 (Wednesday, August 8):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 11, Calgary West (Alberta) 1 (5 innings)
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 8, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 4
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 6, Brockville (Ontario) 4

Round 3 (Thursday, August 9):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 14, Brockville (Ontario) 1 (4 innings)
Calgary West (Alberta) 12, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 1 (5 innings)
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 18, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 8 (5 innings)


Standings

W

L
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 5 0
Brockville (Ontario) 3 2
Calgary West (Alberta) 3 2
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 3 2
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1 4
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) 0 5

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 (Friday, August 10)

White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 10, Brockville (Ontario) 0 (4 innings)
Calgary West (Alberta) 8, Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 3

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 11)

White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 14, Calgary West (Alberta) 4 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

The venue was different. The opponent was different. And the British Columbia representative was different. But the result was more of the same.

White Rock South Surrey Little League became the third consecutive Canadian champion -- and the ninth overall -- to emerge from British Columbia's District 3 by sweeping to seven consecutive victories at the Canadian Region tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan. The final of those victories, a 14-4, four inning championship game win over Calgary West Little League, vaulted White Rock into the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"These guys performed over the last eight days the way they have all through districts and all through provincials to get here," said White Rock manager John Trimble after the title-clinching win. "This was our 22nd game to be the representatives of Canada, and nothing has changed from Game 1. They were very tight defensively and we got great pitching as well."

Pitching and defence were only part of the story: White Rock also showcased an imposing offence. The British Columbia champions outscored their region tournament opponents by an 88-8 margin, and scored three or more runs in 17 of their 28 offensive innings. Six of the team's region tournament games ended early due to the mercy rule.

In the title game, White Rock scored three-plus in every inning. Jackson Temple opened the scoring with a two-run homer over the left field fence, and after a walk and an error, Jordan Emerman slammed a double off the left field fence to drive in two more. Parker Stefaniuk doubled in a run as part of a four-run second inning, then added a three-run homer in the third. White Rock closed out the win in the fourth, when two runs scored on an error and Stefaniuk drew a bases loaded walk to end the game. Twelve of White Rock's championship game runs scored with two outs.

"Once we got going, we were pretty hard to stop," said John Trimble after the tournament.

"Well, all I can say is we had 'em worried for a few minutes anyway," smiled Calgary manager Trevor Wannop, whose team stayed close early thanks to a four-run rally in the third. "Oh, man, they're a hell of a ballclub. They have it all. They have a lot of speed, they have a ton of guys who can hit the ball. They deserve to be there (the Little League World Series).

"You know what? I really hope they do well down there," added the Calgary manager. "I guess I wish it was us, but they're the better ballclub."

White Rock's closest games leading up to the Little League World Series came in its district tournament, when the team edged two-time defending Canadian champion Whalley Little League in a pair of 3-2 decisions. Once past that hurdle, White Rock South Surrey became the fifth different league from British Columbia District 3 to win the Canadian championship in the major baseball division.

"Beating those teams was the toughest test of baseball we've ever been through," said Trimble of his District 3 foes.

And White Rock was not the only District 3 league to bring home a national championship: Whalley Little League won the Canadian title in the junior and senior baseball divisions, and the Frazier Valley Chiefs Little League captured the Big League division title. It marked the first time in the 26 years since the junior division was formed that one district swept all four Canadian baseball titles.

"It's been a good year for the district," said District 3 administrator Roy Bergerman.

White Rock South Surrey's only struggle at the region tournament came in its opener, when the British Columbia team downed Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) Little League, 5-1. The game was scoreless into the third, when Jackson Temple's inside-the-park home run staked White Rock to a 2-0 lead. White Rock stretched its lead in the fourth, when two runs scored on wild pitches and a third came across on an error.

White Rock managed just three hits in its opening round win, but soon flexed its muscles by tallying seven or more runs in at least one inning of its next four games. Stefaniuk and Evan Douglas each belted three-run homers as part of a nine-run third inning burst in a 17-0 thumping of Regina Kiwanis National Little League, and Stefaniuk -- who hit .727 in the tournament -- then drove in five runs in a 17-1 win over Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) Little League.

"We were a little bit rusty in the first game, but the boys shook that off and started to play White Rock ball," said John Trimble as his team began to pick up steam. "We're working the count and not just swinging wildly, and we're playing great defence. Top to bottom, we're playing very, very well."

White Rock South Surrey cruised through its remaining round robin games, defeating Calgary West 11-1 behind three RBIs from Douglas, then posting seven-run rallies in the second and third innings of a 14-1 win over Ontario's Brockville Little League. Both White Rock and Brockville entered the game having already secured semifinal round berths.

"It's a bit misleading," said John Trimble of his team's Nintendo-like offencive numbers during round-robin play. "The other teams are picking their spots. We haven't faced their aces. We know they have aces because we've seen them, but they're not using them against us."

White Rock met Brockville again the next day in a semifinal round encounter, and the British Columbia team capitalized on six Ontario errors to post a 10-0, four inning victory. Through two innings, White Rock had managed only Tony Tabor's bunt single, but scored four times thanks to five Brockville errors. Douglas delivered run-scoring singles in both the third and fourth innings, while a pair of passed balls and another error helped to push White Rock's lead to double-digits and invoke the mercy rule. Calgary West soon joined them, plating four runs in the fourth inning to take command in an 8-4 win over Regina Kiwanis National. Ramon Valdez scored three times for Calgary, while Connor Wannop drove in three runs.

"It was nice to see our bats get going," said Trevor Wannop, the Calgary manager. "We've been struggling off and on. (But) this morning we did three hours of batting practice and finally got it going."

But Calgary faced White Rock's buzzsaw offence the next day, and managed just three hits against White Rock starter Evan Cornfeld.

"We knew they were a good team," said Calgary coach Gary Moro. "There was a glimmer of hope when the rally was going (as Calgary halved an eight run deficit in the third). But they did what a good team does, and they jumped back on the sticks and put it a little bit out of reach."

For White Rock, putting the game out of reach meant putting Williamsport within reach. And the British Columbia winners seized the moment, becoming the latest in a long line of leagues from its district to reach the Little League World Series.

It marked a changing of the guard on the heels of Whalley's consecutive Canadian championships. But for the rest of Canada, District 3 redux was simply a matter of more of the same.


Linescores:

  Round 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 3 1
  Round 1
Brockville (Ontario) 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
Calgary West (Alberta) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
  Round 1
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 1 1 0 2 9 13 7 1
Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
  Round 2
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1 0 2 0 0 1 4 5 1
Calgary West (Alberta) 0 0 3 0 0 2 5 10 3
  Round 2
Brockville (Ontario) 2 0 3 0 2 0 7 7 2
Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) 2 0 1 0 0 2 5 6 2
  Round 2
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 3 5 9 x 17 13 0
  Round 4
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1
Brockville (Ontario) 1 0 1 0 3 x 5 6 0
  Round 4
Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 3 7 7 x 17 16 2
  Round 4
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 4 2
Calgary West (Alberta) 2 4 0 0 0 x 6 6 0
  Round 5
Calgary West (Alberta) 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 0 1 0 7 3 11 10 0
  Round 5
Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 6 6
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0 0 2 4 2 x 8 6 2
  Round 5
Brockville (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 2
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 0 0 4 0 2 x 6 7 1
  Round 3
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 0 7 7 0 14 9 0
Brockville (Ontario) 1 0 0 0 1 3 4
  Round 3
Calgary West (Alberta) 1 6 2 0 3 12 10 0
Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 2
  Round 3
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1 5 1 0 1 8 10 5
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 0 5 3 6 4 18 14 3
  Semifinal Round
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 3 1 2 4 10 8 0
Brockville (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
  Semifinal Round
Regina Kiwanis National (Saskatchewan) 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 1
Calgary West (Alberta) 2 0 2 4 0 x 8 9 3
  Championship Game
Calgary West (Alberta) 0 0 4 0 4 3 3
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 4 4 3 3 14 10 2




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