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Newfoundland’s U18 team finishes strong at baseball nationals

Newfoundland and Labrador’s male under-18 team had the best showing among the three entries from this province competing in Baseball Canada national tournaments that wrapped up over the weekend.


The U18s had a 3-3 record in London, finishing up with placement-round wins over Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Andrew Janes of St. John’s and Nick Curran of Mount Pearl pitched in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Nova Scotians.

Newfoundland’s losses came against Saskatchewan (2-0 score), Manitoba (5-4) and the eventual champions, the host London Badgers (13-2).

Evan Reid of St. John’s led NL’s qualifying batters with a .428 batting average in the tournament and a .526 on-base percentage.

In the national junior (under-21) championship in Ottawa, Newfoundland was winless in four games. Devin Burns of Mount Pearl led the province’s batters with a .600 average (6-for-10).

In the under-16 girls invitational in Vaughan, Ont., Newfoundland and Labrador went 0-5. Bethany Brophy of Pasadena had a .375 batting average and drove in four runs for Newfoundland. As a pitcher, Brophy struck out 11 batters in 6.2 innings of work.

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