Giants push Canadians to limit in series
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Canadians pitcher Xavier Tremblay was able to tag out Nick Davis from the Giants before he is able to slide safely into home during Game 2 of the Memorial Fastball city final series.
There were few mistakes that went unpunished Thursday night at Memorial Field.
There weren’t many errors in Game 2 or Game 3 of the Memorial Field fastball city championship series, but those that were made loomed large in the final analysis.
In Game 2, the Giants used three unearned runs to help lead them to a 7-6 win and force a decisive third game immediately following. The Game 3, two Giants errors were part of a five-run Canadians rally as they won the title with a 6-2 win.
“That was kind of a backbreaker. Dale (Garthus) was pitching really well and a couple of errors brings you down and we were able to capitalize on it,” said Jeff Weekes from the Canadians who said winning a title never gets old.
“When you win your last game it always feels good.”
Canadians 6 Giants 2
Todd Whitehead’s two doubles gave the Giants a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
There, Weekes led off the inning with a home run to cut the lead in half. The Canadians used a walk, RBI singles from Sean Lougheed and Blake Dixon, two errors and single from Brad DeConinck to take a 5-2 lead.
The Canadians lone error came in the sixth inning from Weekes, but DeConinck made a diving catch in centre field and then doubled Whitehead off of first base to end the inning.
Dixon pitched a two-hitter for the Canadians in the win.
“Blackie pitched a hell of a game,” said Weekes. “When Blackie’s on he gets us a lot of ground balls and the only error was on me. It worked out well, Brad made a great play to pick me up and we got a double play out of it. That helped a lot.”
Garthus only allowed five hits, but the Giants didn’t get a hit after falling behind.
“We only had two hits in the second game and in this league you need to score seven or eight runs to win. We didn’t do it,” said Whitehead. “We booted it around a little in that one inning.”
Giants 7 Canadians 6
One big swing from Wendell Collinson was enough to turn the city final series on its head.
The Canadians wear leading Game 2 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Darryl Callaghan and Whitehead singled to start a rally. Canadians pitcher Xavier Tremblay wasn’t able to deal with a comebacker by Tim McKaig and the bases were loaded. Gus Gusikoski hit a ground ball that Lougheed had trouble playing and the Giants were on the board thanks to the Canadians’ second error of the inning.
Collinson stepped up and hit a grand slam to centre field to tie the game at 5-5.
“They’ve got good hitters on their team and we can’t give them any breaks,” said Weekes. “We gave them a few breaks and they came back to win. That’s why they’ve won so many championships in the last 10-15 years — they have a lot of good hitters. You can’t give them any extra outs.”
Lougheed made amends by hitting a lead-off double in the fifth before coming around to score on a ground ball out. Whitehead tied the game in the next inning with a huge blast that nearly cleared the trees in centre field.
“That’s been Giants ball for a lot of years since I’ve been around. You live and die by that long ball,” said Whitehead.
Nick Davis singled for the Giants in the sixth and scored when Tremblay’s throw to first went into right field.
The Canadians had a rally going in the top of the seventh. Lougheed led off the inning with another double and the Canadians had runners on second and third with one out when DeConinck hit a line drive to short, Callaghan made a good catch and doubled Lougheed off of third base to end the game.
Weekes had a single, a double and a triple for the Canadians, he had two RBI and scored twice. Richard Janzen hit a solo home run to lead off the game for the Canadians and Lougheed was 2-for-2 with his two doubles.
Whitehead was 2-for-2 for the Giants, while Davis tripled and Tyler Kiefferling doubled.