The 2019 BIGS Seeds Baseball Canada Cup included a lot of ups-and-downs for the PEI Youth Selects, and in the end, they finished 8th with a 3-3 record.
The tournament did not start off for the Youth Selects as they would have hoped, as they lost 11-1 to New Brunswick on Wednesday. On Thursday, 8 they went 1-1 on the day, defeating Newfoundland and Labrador 16-9 in the morning and losing to Manitoba 7-2 in the afternoon. However, on Friday and Saturday, they rebounded to defeat Alberta 10-7 and then eventual Baseball Canada Cup champion Nova Scotia in a thrilling 3-1 game (it was the only loss Nova Scotia had all tournament). Going into the 7/8 placement game with a 3-2 record, they faced New Brunswick again, and despite going into the seventh inning with the lead, New Brunswick tied in the seventh inning and won 10-9 in extra innings. As a result, the Youth Selects finished with a .500 record and in 8th place.
While the PEI Youth Selects defence struggled at times during the Baseball Canada Cup, they had some great pitching performances from the likes of Jack MacKenzie (3 games, 9.1 innings, 1-0 record, 9 strikeouts, 2.25 ERA) and Ben MacDougall (0-1 with 6 innings pitched in a complete game, allowing no earned runs for an ERA of 0). Offensively, the Youth Selects did very well, hitting for a very impressive team batting average of .303 – with an on-base percentage of .413 – over the six games. MacKenzie led the team in RBI with six and batted .385 and MacDougall hit .353 and led the team with nine runs scored. Duncan Picketts also hit .353 with an OBP of .400, while Chase Gaudette was very effective from the leadoff spot, hitting .333 with an OBP of .565 (earning seven walks in six games).
Several of the Selects players will be travelling to London, ON to take part in the 2019 Baseball Canada National 18U Championships with the PEI 18U All-Stars this week.
Team statistics for the PEI Youth Selects at the 2019 BIGS Seeds Baseball Canada Cup can be found here: https://gc.com/t/summer-2019/b-prince-edward-island-5cfeb9bf56b86e0022f67ea6/stats.