2008 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Sydney Mines Little League (Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia)

Participating Teams City League
Atlantic Provinces Champions Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Glace Bay LL
British Columbia Champions White Rock White Rock South Surrey LL
Ontario Champions Timmins LaRonde LL
Quebec Champions Montreal Notre-Dame-de-Grace LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Medicine Hat (Alberta) Medicine Hat LL
Host League Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) Sydney Mines LL

NOTE: The 2008 Canadian Region Tournament used a round-robin format.

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Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, August 2):
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 9, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 4
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 6, Medicine Hat (Alberta) 5
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 6, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 5

Round 2 (Sunday, August 3):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 4, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1
Medicine Hat (Alberta) 7, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 2
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 12, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 3

Round 5 (Wednesday, August 6 - at Glace Bay due to wet grounds):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 11, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 12, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0
Medicine Hat (Alberta) 4, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 1

Round 4 (Thursday, August 7):
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 12, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 5, Medicine Hat (Alberta) 3
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 9, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 2

Round 3 (Friday, August 8):
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 5, Medicine Hat (Alberta) 1
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 5, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 4
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 10, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 5 0 8
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2 3 18
Medicine Hat (Alberta) 2 3 19
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 2 3 33
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 2 3 35
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 2 3 37

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round. The original tournament schedule called for tiebreaking games to be held as necessary to determine the four semifinalists, rather than breaking ties using the teams' runs-per-defensive-inning ratios. The tournament needed to end on August 9 due to previously scheduled flights, and the five-way tie for second place meant that there would not be time to conduct tiebreakers, semifinal round games, and the championship within a 24-hour period. Tournament officials eliminated Notre-Dame-de-Grace based on Little League Baseball's standard runs-per-defensive-inning tiebreaker, and scheduled one tiebreaker immediately following the completion of round-robin games. The semifinal and championship rounds were then both scheduled to be played the following day.

Tiebreaking Game (Friday, August 8)

Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 4, Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 3

Canadian Region Tournament Semifinals (Saturday, August 9)

Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 6, Medicine Hat (Alberta) 0
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 17, Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 (6 innings)

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 9)

White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 11, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 4 (TITLE) Batter-by-Batter recap


Summary:

White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) Little League led from coast-to-coast -- in both the tournament and the championship game -- and claimed its second consecutive Canadian championship at Nicole Meany Memorial Park in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.

White Rock won all five of its round robin contests, then defeated Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League, 11-4, in the championship game.

"It's a pretty neat feeling for these kids," said White Rock coach Bruce McDonald. "There's five of them who've played together since Mini-8's, so it's nice to see it come to this."

The British Columbia champions grabbed an early 5-0 lead in the championship game. Pitcher Riley Edwards drew a one-out walk in the first inning and scored on Kevin Irving's single. Three batters later, Nick Frkovich laced a three-run homer beyond the centre field fence.

Glace Bay catcher Darren MacGillivary delivered a two-run double in the third inning, and the local team closed to within a run in the fifth. But White Rock converted four doubles in the bottom half of the frame into six runs to seal their second consecutive Canadian championship.

"We had one tough inning there where (Glace Bay) just found some holes on the field and scored some runs," said White Rock coach Bruce McDonald. "But the boys rallied back to get it done."

Reserve Max Waterman opened the decisive fifth inning rally with a double to right centre field, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Frkovich later doubled to right, then Jake Hagen's walk and Colton Coloran's bloop single loaded the bases. Eric Watkins drew a bases-loaded walk and Stuart McDonald drove a two-run double to the outfield fence. Edwards drove in a run with a groundout and Irving capped the rally with a run-scoring double to the right centre field gap.

The rally finally vanquished a Glace Bay team that battled back after losing its first two games in the tournament, and then again after trailing early in the championship game. Glace Bay stranded seven baserunners in the middle innings of the championship game, and left nine runners on base overall.

"That was a real tight game for a real long time," said White Rock manager Joey Bouchey. "Hats' off to their pitcher (Trevor Dauphinee, who allowed only an unearned run from the second through the fourth innings) and their team. We were on the edge of our seats for a long time."

"We definitely put a scare in White Rock," said Glace Bay manager Henry Boutilier in an interview with Unpage Publications.

White Rock South Surrey had started slowly in the tournament, edging Medicine Hat (Alberta) Little League 6-5 in their opener, then struggled offensively in a 4-1 win over Glace Bay the next day. But the British Columbia team soon found its groove: after the tournament was idled while rain washed out two days of play, White Rock won its remaining three round-robin games by the mercy rule, and scored ten or more runs in all five of its remaining games.

"Our hitting has come alive," said McDonald after his team topped Rouyn/Noranda (Quebec) Little League, 12-1 in four innings, in their next outing. "In our first two games, the boys were feeling the effects of the jet lag and the four hour time difference. It's not that they were playing poorly, they just looked a little bit drowsy. It took us a couple of days to get the hang of it and I think the rain delays actually helped us."

While the British Columbia champions benefited from the weather delays, the rain wrecked havoc with the tournament schedule throughout the week, particularly since pre-arranged flights meant the tournament was locked into a Saturday finish. Games on the tournament's third and fourth days were postponed, and most of the next two days' schedule was moved to Glace Bay's Cameron Bowl facility due to drainage issues at Nicole Meany Memorial Park.

"The weather was actually playable," said Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) Little League coach Dan Ouellet of the second day's postponements. "But the (Sydney Mines) field was just soaked."

The schedule was further complicated when the five teams competing against White Rock all finished round-robin play with 2-3 records -- the first time in the Canadian Region history that all six qualifiers were tied for playoff positon slots at the conclusion of round robin play. (Only twice before, in 2004 and 2006, had as many as five teams been involved in playoff games.) Canadian officials historically have used playoff games rather than statistical ratios to break ties, but because of the earlier delays were able to squeeze in only one tiebreaking game immediately following the final round-robin game. The semifinal and championship rounds were then both contested the following day to ensure the tournament concluded on schedule.

"The parity was great," said tournament director Doug MacKenzie. "It did make it interesting. It put us a little tight in terms of getting another game in, but you don't mind that if they're deciding it on the field."

Timmins edged Sydney Mines in the tiebreaking game, but ran into White Rock's rejuvenated offence in the semifinal round. The British Columbia squad led just 1-0 through three innings, but scored seven times over the next two innings and capped the win with nine runs in the sixth. Edwards launched a two-run homer in the sixth, and Connor Kenwood later followed with a grand slam. Irving earned the win by holding the Lynx to just two hits in the game.

Glace Bay also pulled away late, stretching a 2-0 lead with four runs in the fifth and downing Medicine Hat, 6-0, in the other semifinal round game. Four players had multiple hits for the Colonels, and pitcher Adam MacKenzie struck out three while earning the win. Glace Bay carried five eleven-year-olds among the twelve players on its roster.

A few hours later, White Rock sealed its second consecutive Canadian championship. The team's roster contained no holdovers from the previous year's team.

"Last year's team was just a remarkable group of athletes, and they'll always be the first," said White Rock league president John Hogg. "The community and the (White Rock Baseball) association watched that team so closely it really made the yonger kids know that it's possible."

"The boys are just stoked," added McDonald. "It's like a second Christmas for them."

White Rock South Surrey dropped its first two games at the Little League World Series, but rallied for five runs in their final at-bat to conclude their season with a 7-5 victory over Arabian American Little League (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) in their final pool contest.


Linescores:

  Tiebreaking Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Sydney Mines (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 - -
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 - -
  Semifinal Round
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1 0 0 1 4 0 6 - -
Medicine Hat (Alberta) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
  Semifinal Round
White Rock South Surrey (British Columbia) 0 0 1 3 4 9 17 - -
Timmins LaRonde (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
  Championship Game
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 6 4
White Rock South Surrey 4 1 0 0 6 x 11 10 2




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