2012 Little League® Baseball Canadian Region Tournament Historical Results
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Canadian Region Tournament
Host - Alberta District 2
At John Fry Park (Edmonton)

John Fry Park is located at 9700-28 Avenue in Edmonton.

Participating Teams City League
Atlantic Provinces Champions Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Glace Bay LL
British Columbia Champions Vancouver Hastings Community LL
Ontario Champions Toronto High Park LL
Quebec Champions Montreal Notre-Dame-de-Grace LL
Prairie Provinces Champions Lethbridge (Alberta) Southwest LL
Host League Edmonton Millwoods LL

NOTE: The 2012 Canadian Region Tournament is using a round-robin format.

Click here to view provincial tournament results for Canadian Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Saturday, August 4):
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 3, High Park (Ontario) 0
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 6, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 5, Millwoods (Alberta) 4 (7 innings)

Day 2 (Sunday, August 5):
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 6, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 5
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 12, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0 (5 innings)
High Park (Ontario) 5, Millwoods (Alberta) 1

Day 3 (Monday, August 6):
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 4, High Park (Ontario) 3 (8 innings)
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 19, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1 (4 innings)
Millwoods (Alberta) 12, Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 6

Day 4 (Tuesday, August 7):
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 8, Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 7 (7 innings)
High Park (Ontario) 2, Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 9, Millwoods (Alberta) 0

Day 5 (Wednesday, August 8):
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 15, Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 (4 innings)
High Park (Ontario) 4, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 1
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 4, Millwoods (Alberta) 3 (5 innings; lightning)


Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 5 0 1
High Park (Ontario) 3 2 9
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 2 3 35
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 2 3 40
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 2 3 32
Millwoods (Alberta) 1 4 29

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Consolation Game (Friday, August 10)

Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 5, Millwoods (Alberta) 2

Canadian Region Tournament Semifinals (Friday, August 10)

Hastings Community (British Columbia) 5, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 4, High Park (Ontario) 3

Canadian Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 11)

Hastings Community (British Columbia) 11, Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

Vancouver's Hastings Community Little League came into the 2012 Canadian Region tournament as the prohibitive favorite. It wasn't just the seven consecutive Canadian championships won by British Columbia leagues, or the fact that Hastings entered the tournament having finished no lower than second in the British Columbia provincial tournament for four years running.

Hastings was the favourite because they had spent the prior month systematically dismantling its challengers en route to the Canadian championship tournament. Hastings outscored five district tournament opponents by a 140-3 margin -- that's a 28 run per game average, and Hastings' closest margin of victory was a 17-0 win in the semifinal round -- and then scored 100 more runs in its seven outings at the British Columbia provincial tournament. When Hastings suffered its first defeat -- a 7-6 loss to White Rock South Surrey Little League during round robin competition, the District 6 champions overwhelmed the same team by a 20-0 margin in the championship game.

"Even though we are a different team, we went in as favourites because of the BC success," said Hastings manager Vito Bordignon. "Personally, I'd prefer to be the underdog with people having no expectations for us and then surprising them. But when you go in having the provincial tournament we had, and the district tournament we had, it's hard to go unnoticed. It's not something you relish, being the team people are chasing, but you learn to deal with it."

Bordignon's team dealt just fine with the lofty expectations. Hastings won all seven games it played at the Canadian Region tournament at John Fry Park in Edmonton, Alberta, and outscored its opponents by a 74-2 margin. The last of these victories, a four inning, 11-1 win over Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) Little League clinched the league's second Canadian championship in four years, and lifted Hastings into the Little League World Series.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Bordignon, who also piloted Hastings' 2009 all-star team to South Williamsport. "For these kids, it's once in a lifetime. They're pumped to go, the bunch of them."

Hastings never trailed in its seven games at the Canadian championship tournament, and was tied with its opponents beyond the first inning in just two of its contests entering the championship game. But Lethbridge Southwest kept the title bout close in the early innings, stranding a pair of British Columbia baserunners in the first, and then answering Thomas Neal's leadoff home run in the second with a run of its own when Wyatt Tomalty tripled and then scored on Blake Braun's single.

Lethbridge's pitcher retired six batters in a row following Neal's home run, but Hastings exploded for ten unearned runs in the fourth inning, including seven after the second out was recorded. Ataru Yamaguchi opened the inning with a leadoff double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and after a strikeout, scored when Neal reached on an error. Cole Dalla-Zanna reached on an infield error, and then Neal scored when Cortez D'Alessandro reached on a fielders' choice. Dalla-Zanna scored on Matteo Porcellato's groundout, and Kolby Buljevic followed with a single. After Carson Ho walked, and D'Alessandro scored when ball four went to the backstop, Steven Moretto launched a three-run home run that extended Hastings' advantage to 8-1.

Yamaguchi singled, Noah Hanson-Stafford reached on an error, and Neal pushed the lead to double-digits with a three-run homer before Lethbridge finally ended the inning.

Moretto relieved Dalla-Zanna (seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed) in the bottom of the frame, and struck out the side. With the 10-run rule in force, Hastings was on its way to South Williamsport.

"It was a tight game for three innings, and then our bats finally woke up and exploded," said Bordignon. "We took over the game and we were in control after that."

"(They) certainly hit some balls that aren't retrievable," said Lethbridge manager Ryan Ferbey after the game. "And we dropped a few balls (which) probably cost us a few runs. They kind of steamrolled the momentum."

"The last few tournaments we were in, we've had nine run innings about four times," explained Bordignon. "And we've had one in this tournament as well and this was a ten-run inning. So we knew that the possibility was there."

Hastings had actually had a pair of nine-run innings earlier in the tournament, with the first coming in the opening inning of a 19-1 victory over Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League on the tournament's third day, and the second coming 48 hours later in a 15-0 win over Lethbridge Southwest on the final day of round robin competition. In each of those games, Hastings later followed with a six-run rally, and the British Columbia champions added a seven-run burst in an earlier contest against Quebec's Notre-Dame-de-Grace Little League.

For the tournament, Hastings collectively batted .422 (81 for 192), which was 140 points higher than the next best-hitting team, and almost 200 points higher than the average for the other competitors. Hastings' pitchers threw five shutouts, allowed just one earned run, and sported a 0.17 team earned run average.

But after rolling through round robin competition, Hastings was pressed moreso than it was used to by Glace Bay in what eventually became a 5-0 British Columbia victory. Hastings grabbed an early lead when Ho singled in the bottom of the first inning, then scored on Yamaguchi's two-out single.

Glace Bay pitcher Kaine Drake-MacDonald stifled the Hastings offense early on, allowing just three hits and no further runs through three innings. Glace Bay's offense stranded a pair of runners in the top of the fourth -- easily the Nova Scotia team's best opportunity of the day -- and Hastings struck for two runs in the bottom of the inning to reassert control of the game. Cez Paguilo led off the inning with a single, and after a force out, D'Alessandro scored on Dalla-Zanna's single. Dalla-Zanna raced to third on a throw to the plate on the play, and later scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth, Ho and Yamaguchi singled to add an insurance run, and Dalla-Zanna capped the scoring with a run-producing single.

"We had to re-start their engines (after the slow start), and they seemed to respond and worked hard to get the runs they needed in the bottom of the fourth," said Bordignon after the game. "Glace Bay were extreme underdogs, and they had nothing to lose. They played a lot looser than they did in the 19-1 game, and we were just a bit tighter. But we felt confident in our pitching, and we knew our bats would eventually prevail and get some runs to give us a little bit of breathing room."

Yamaguchi pitched the initial four innings, striking out seven and allowing just one hit, before D'Alessandro closed out the win with two hitless innings.

Kaine-MacDonald, the Glace Bay pitcher, struck out two and, despite allowing twelve hits, held Hastings to just five runs. He needed just 73 pitches to throw a five inning complete game.

"The game was 1-0 headed into the fourth," noted Glace Bay manager Jim Wilson. "We played well and Kaine Drake played a fantastic game."

Three hours later, Lethbridge Southwest joined Hastings in the championship game following a 4-3 victory over Toronto's High Park (Ontario) Little League.

Lethbridge built an early 3-0 lead in the matchup, but High Park leveled the score on Luc Gucciardi's two-run double in the top of the fourth inning. Lethbridge's Chase Florendine tripled in the bottom of the frame, and four pitches later, raced home with the go-ahead run on a passed ball.

High Park threatened in the sixth when Harley Gollert led off the inning with a triple, but Southwest pitcher Jack Henley closed out his complete game victory by inducing a comebacker, registering a strikeout on a full count pitch, and securing a game-ending grounder. For the game, Henley struck out three and allowed no walks.

"He was just dynamite with his off-speed (pitches) and hitting spots for us," said Ferbey of his pitcher.

Lethbridge Southwest reached the Canadian championship game for the first time in the league's history, and became the first league from that city to reach the tournament's final game since Lakeside Little League in 1979.

Hastings, meanwhile, extended its summer and made its second foray into the Little League World Series. In 2009, Hastings dropped its initial two games, including an extra inning loss to Mexico' Guadalupe Trevino Kelly Little League (Reynosa, Tamaulipas) in their first contest, before rebounding to finish with a 1-2 record. The 2012 Hastings contingent avenged that defeat with a 13-9 opening round victory over the new Mexican champion (Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas) before dropping games against teams from Panama and Curacao.


Linescores:

  Round Robin Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 8 0
High Park (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
  Round Robin Game 2
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 6
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 2 0 0 0 4 x 6 3 0
  Round Robin Game 3
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 5 5 1
Millwoods (Alberta) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 3
  Round Robin Game 4
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 2 0 0 0 3 5 5 4
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 7 2
  Round Robin Game 5
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 3 0 0 2 7 12 11 0
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
  Round Robin Game 6
High Park (Ontario) 1 0 2 0 2 0 5 9 0
Millwoods (Alberta) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
  Round Robin Game 7
High Park (Ontario) 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 11 3
  Round Robin Game 8
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 9 6 4 0 19 13 2
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 1 0 0 1 3 4
  Round Robin Game 9
Millwoods (Alberta) 0 4 3 0 4 1 12 9 2
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 0 1 3 0 2 6 7 10
  Round Robin Game 10
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 7 8 5
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 1 0 5 2 8 6 0
  Round Robin Game 11
High Park (Ontario) 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
  Round Robin Game 12
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 3 2 1 1 0 2 9 11 0
Millwoods (Alberta) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
  Round Robin Game 13
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 0 9 6 0 15 18 1
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
  Round Robin Game 14
High Park (Ontario) 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 8 1
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
  Round Robin Game 15
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 3 0 1 0 0 4 6 5
Millwoods (Alberta) 1 0 0 2 x 3 5 2
  Consolation Game
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Quebec) 0 0 3 0 1 1 5 7 2
Millwoods (Alberta) 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
  Semifinal Round
Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 1 0 0 2 2 x 5 12 1
  Semifinal Round
High Park (Ontario) 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 6 2
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 1 0 2 1 0 x 4 6 0
  Championship Game
Hastings Community (British Columbia) 0 1 0 10 11 8 0
Lethbridge Southwest (Alberta) 0 1 0 0 1 3 3




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