PBR Spotlight Game: Ontario Yankees 16u vs Ontario Diamonbacks 16u


By: Chase Hadden
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PBR Spotlight Game: Ontario Yankees 16u vs Ontario Diamonbacks 16u

PICKERING- Saturday morning brought sunshine for a doubleheader between the Ontario Yankees 16U and Ontario Diamondbacks 16U at Kirkey Field. The teams split the doubleheader 2-1 (Diamondbacks) and 10-0 (Yankees).

Game one saw the Diamondbacks jump on the board in the 1st. Catcher Lucas Gordon reached base on an error and later scored on big 6-foot-4 Brian MacCormack’s RBI single to left-centre field for a 1-0 lead.

In the Dbacks 4th, MacCormack lead off with his second single of the game then came around to score off of infielder Tyler Lawrence’s RBI single to right and 2-0 lead.

Dbacks’ right-hander Eric Cerantola went the distance for the complete game in a remarkable outing allowing only two hits, while striking out 11. He showed good life on his fastball and was painting both sides of the plate with a sharp curveball that hitters had a tough time picking up as four of the 11 strikeouts were looking. After leading off the game with a walk, Cerantola settled into a groove and retired 11 batters in a row. The lone run allowed was unearned in the 6th inning.

Yankees big left-hander Andrew Corby also pitched a complete game allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four. He pitched out of a couple of jams in the 1st and 4th innings keeping his team in the game.

Game two saw the Yankees bats wake up and give starter  Liam Miller-North a lot of run support. Liam Nelson lead the charge for the offence going 3-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI, including a two-run single as part of a bat around, five-run 5th for the Yankees.

Miller-North finished what he started, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout for the victory while striking out 12. He did a good job mixing his pitches and commanded his fastball hitting the corners and elevating it to show his opponents a different look.

Diamondbacks’ left-handed starter Braedan Athanasion went four innings allowing six runs on four hits, while striking out two.

Top Performers On The Day

Eric Cerantola: Picked up the win, complete game, 1 run, 2 hits, striking out 11.

Liam Miller-North: Picked up the win, complete-game shutout, 2 hits, striking out 12.

Liam Nelson: 4-for-8; double, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored.


Game 1

Ontario Diamondbacks 16U    100 100 0- 2 6 1
Ontario Yankees 16U               000 001 0- 1 2 1

Winning pitcher: Eric Cerantola (Complete game, 1 unearned run, 2 hits, 11 strikeouts, 2 walks)

Losing pitcher: Andrew Corby (Complete game, 2 runs, 6 hits, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit by pitch)

Game 2

Ontario Yankees 16U                 102 050 2- 10 10 1
Ontario Diamondbacks 16U       000 000 0- 0 2 3

Winning pitcher: Liam Miller-North (Complete game, 2 hits, 12 strikeouts, 2 walks)

Losing pitcher: Braedan Athanasion (4 innings, 6 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit by pitch) Other: Chase Bradshaw

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