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Newfoundland's Gonzanga Vikings lose tough one at national senior men's baseball tourney


It was the same end result, but it came in a much closer contest.

Matt Colbourne

The Gonzaga Roebothan McKay Marshall Vikings, representing Newfoundland and Labrador, lost their second game in as many days  at the Baseball Canada’s national senior men’s baseball championship in Victoria, B.C, Friday, bowing 7-6 to the Sherwood Park, Alta., Athletics.
The Vikings had opened the tourney with an 11-0 blowout loss at the hands of Dartmouth, N.S., on Thursday.
Gonzaga rebounded well on Friday, getting a solid pitching performance from southpaw Matt Colbourne, the Corner Brook teen who is one of six add-ons to the Vikings roster for the nationals.
Colbourne threw 125 pitches and scattered nine hits over seven innings in tossing a complete game. The young lefty struck out four, walked six and hit two batters, but was mostly undone by four errors which contributed to four unearned runs by the Albertans.
Another Corner Brooker, Aaron Flood, had two hits and two RBIs for Gonzaga as did each player-coach Troy Croft. James Walsh also had two hits for the N.L. side, which tied the scored at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning, but surrendered the winning run in the bottom of the same frame.
The Vikings close out their preliminary-round schedule with two games today, against the Mississauga, Ont., Twins and Burnaby, B.C., Bulldogs and will need to win both to have any chance of advancing to the quarter-finals of the tourney.

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