A squad that played tough against two of the top teams in the pool – Manitoba and Ontario, the latter game a 2-1 Ontario affair after five innings before resulting in a 5-1 loss – suffered lopsided losses against two Atlantic Canadian opponents.
New Brunswick has been traditionally pretty strong in baseball, which could partially explain that 10-0 defeat.
But Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to P.E.I.?
Newfoundland and Labrador is 0-5 at these 2017 Canada Summer Games in baseball, and a big part of the reason is they left their bats back at St. John’s Airport. In five games, they’ve managed six runs.
Tuesday, Newfoundland had a grand total of three hits against P.E.I. pitching. Daniel Hoggarth, the first of three Newfoundland pitchers, took the loss.
Newfoundland is naturally in the placing pool now, and will play Thursday. The team may be destined for 10th place in the 10-team tournament.
Just as they’ve done all week, the softball squad split a pair of games Tuesday.
In the morning, Newfoundland thumped P.E.I. 9-1 in five innings and followed up in the evening with a 10-2 setback to Ontario, leaving Newfoundland 4-4 after four days of play.
The day started on a good note as Mitch Stack and Brent Hatfield homered against P.E.I. to make a winner of Jordan Noftall. Jordan Pomeroy, Gerald Wall and Hatfield all collected two hits.
Things went south in the afternoon against Ontario, however. Newfoundland took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Nick Pittman two-run shot, but Ontario returned the favour with two in the second. Ontario then broke the game open with four runs in the third.
Eric Healey suffered the loss. Pittman also saw mound duty.
Newfoundland has only one game today, against the host province at 2:30 p.m. (NL time).
Newfoundland, which had been regulated to playing for placings after a tie and a loss in round-round play, beat New Brunswick 3-0 Tuesday.
Newfoundland will play the Yukon 3 p.m. Wednesday (NL time).
Devin O’Leary had 24 points, Nick Tuff scored 11 and Liam Chislett added 10 as Newfoundland beat the Northwest Territories 71-43 Tuesday.
Newfoundland, which is playing for placing, will play 12:15 p.m. Friday (NL time).
The women’s squad was in the same boat as the guys, winning Tuesday by an 89-79 decision over P.E.I. Top scorers for the winners were Kielly Emberley (30 points), Emma Power (27) and Hannah Green (14).
Newfoundland plays 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against the Yukon (NL time).
The Newfoundland eights crews are in finals Thursday (girls) and Friday (boys). Crew members are Jeffrey Caines, Liam Callahan-Martin, Nathan Gosse, Zachary Gosse, Cameron Hickman, Andrew Nash, Mark Power, Zachary Power; Leah Burke, Ella Mate, Emily Parsons, Emma Ramsay, Caroline Ryan, Kathleen Shea, Stephanie Tuck, Anna Walsh, Billi Yetman.