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St. John's wins midget baseball qualifier, edges Corner Brook in extra innings


It was a classic pitching duel as the St. John’s Capitals won the provincial midget baseball qualifying tournament Monday at St. Pat’s Ball Park, defeating the Corner Brook Barons 2-1 in an extra inning.

Pitchers Ryan Morgan of the Caps and Aaron Purcell-Pilgrim of the Blazers had dominated through seven innings, with the game scoreless after regulation. Corner Brook scored their run in the eighth, while St. John’s got two in the bottom of the inning.

The leftanded Purcell-Pilgrim didn’t allow a hit in seven–plus innings of work, but in the extra inning, he walked the first two batters. As he was approaching the in-game pitch limit for players in the tourney, Purcell-Pilgrim was replaced by a reliever. A passed ball, sacrifice fly and a fielding error then led the two runs and a St. John’s victory.

The Capitals won all five of their games in the six-team tourney, which also involved the Mount Pearl Blazers, Paradise Phantoms. Conception Bay South Raiders and Grand Falls-Windsor Braves.

As a result of its victory, St. John’s will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2017 Atlantic midget championship in P.E.I. in early September.

 

Other tournament results

• Corner Brook 11, C.B.S. 1

• St. John's Capitals 5, Corner Brook 2

• Mount Pearl 17, Grand Falls-Windsor 4

• St. John's Capitals 12, Paradise 0

• C.B.S. 9, Mount Pearl 8

• Corner Brook 12, Grand Falls-Windsor 4

• St. John's Capitals 16, C.B.S. 2

• Corner Brook 13, Paradise 2

• C.B.S. 20, Grand Falls-Windsor 10

• Mount Pearl 16, Paradise 1

•  St. John's Capitals 8,Mount Pearl 0

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