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Burnaby Bulldogs Bring Baseball Canada Senior Men’s National Title to British Columbia

The Burnaby Bulldogs celebrate after clinching the Senior Men’s National Baseball Championship with a 5-3 win over Fredericton in Victoria on Sunday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 27, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Burnaby Bulldogs scored two runs early and then got a three-run home run from Scott Webster late, to defeat the Fredericton Royals (New Brunswick) 5-3 in the championship game of the 2017 Baseball Canada Senior Men’s National Championship at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

Coaches and umpires go over the line up cards prior to the championship game of the 2017 Senior Men's National in Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Coaches and umpires go over the line up cards prior to the championship game of the 2017 Senior Men’s National in Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

The Royal's Mark Phillips would have two hits, including a double and two RBI in the losing effort against Burnaby on Sunday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Royal’s Mark Phillips would have two hits, including a double and two RBI in the losing effort against Burnaby on Sunday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bulldogs jumped on the board first in this one, pushing a pair of runs across on Fredericton starter Pascal McCarthy in the top of the second inning thanks to a Braeden Alleman sacrifice fly that scored Jeff Bouchard, who led off the inning with a walk, and then having Tyler Yorko, who reached on an error, score on a passed ball.

The Bulldog's James Zamko would have a pair of hits in the final against Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bulldog’s James Zamko would have a pair of hits in the final against Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

Burnaby's Jeff Bouchard slides safely into third base early in Sunday's final. He would later score the first run of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Jeff Bouchard slides safely into third base early in Sunday’s final. He would later score the first run of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

Burnaby's Shawn Andersen, who went four complete, giving up one run on six hits, gets credit for the win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Shawn Andersen, who went four complete, giving up one run on six hits, gets credit for the win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Royals would respond off Burnaby starter Shawn Andersen in the bottom of the third, when a Corey Wood single scored Dave Barr, who had led the frame off with a walk.

Burnaby's Tyler Yorko (13) is congratulated after scoring Burnaby's second run in the second inning Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Tyler Yorko (13) is congratulated after scoring Burnaby’s second run in the second inning Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

Fredericton's Dave Barr would have three hits in the final and earn the top hitter award with a .567 average (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Fredericton’s Dave Barr would have three hits in the final and earn the top hitter award with a .567 average (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After Fredericton reliver Jay Johnson would hold Burnaby scoreless in the fourth and fifth, the Bulldogs sent reliever Josh Larson to the mound for the bottom of the fifth and after an out, he gave up a single to Dave Barr and a walk to Mike Washburn, but then induced a double play ground ball by Mark Phillips – the third double play turned by the Bulldogs defence to that point – to get out of the inning unscathed.

Burnaby's Kyle McComb turns one of three double plays that the Bulldogs executed Sunday night. McComb was named the top defensive player of the tournament (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Kyle McComb turns one of three double plays that the Bulldogs executed Sunday night. McComb was named the top defensive player of the tournament (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

Burnaby's Braydon Munro gets a high five from batboy Lucas Virtanen prior to his seventh inning at bat (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Braydon Munro gets a high five from bat boy Lucas Virtanen prior to his seventh inning at bat (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Larson and Johnson would take that 2-1 score all the way to the top of the seventh where Burnaby’s Kyle McComb drew a one-out walk and James Zamko followed with a single to get things rolling for the Bulldogs. Braydon Munro would then pop out, setting the stage for Webster, who launched a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence putting the Bulldogs into a 5-1 lead.

Scott Webster (24) gets high fives after clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh inning of the championship game against Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Scott Webster (24) gets high fives after clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh inning of the championship game against Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bulldogs went to the bullpen for the bottom half of the inning and with no other options available, brought in lefty Shawn Schaefer, who earlier in the day had pitched a complete game in the Bulldogs nine-inning, extra-inning win over Red Deer in the semi-finals.

Burnaby pitcher Shawn Schaefer celebrates after striking out the final batter and clinching the Bulldogs 5-3 win over Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby pitcher Shawn Schaefer celebrates after striking out the final batter and clinching the Bulldogs 5-3 win over Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

That move looked to be a mistake, as Schaefer was greeted with back-to-back leadoff singles from Blake Gallagher and tournament Top Hitter Dave Barr and then a one-out, two-RBI double from Mark Phillips that pulled the Royals to within two.

Schaefer would then get Corey Wood to ground out and then finish the game by striking out Jeff Watkin, sending the Bulldogs streaming on to the field with the exciting 5-3 win.

The Burnaby Bulldogs celebrate their 5-3 win over Frederiction in the 2017 Senior Men's National Championships (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Burnaby Bulldogs celebrate their 5-3 win over Frederiction in the 2017 Senior Men’s National Championships (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby’s Shawn Andersen, who went four complete, giving up one run on six hits, gets credit for the win, with Schaefer getting the save in relief. Fredericton’s McCarthy gets tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on two hits, in just three innings of work.

The 2017 Baseball Canada Senior Men's Champion Burnaby Bulldogs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The 2017 Baseball Canada Senior Men’s Champion Burnaby Bulldogs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Burnaby infielder Kyle McComb, who turned three double plays on the night, was named the tournament’s top defensive player, while Fredericton’s Dave Barr, who finished the tournament with a .567 average, 17 hits, three home runs, 14 runs scored and 15 RBI, was named the tournament’s top hitter.

Top defensive player Kyle McComb (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Top defensive player Kyle McComb, Burnaby (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

 

Top Hitter, Dave Barr, Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Top Hitter, Dave Barr, Fredericton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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