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Express succumbs to 15-hit Saskatoon attack
Posted: August 12th, 2014 @ 8:35pm
Saskatoon Diamondbacks collected 15 hits off three Napanee pitchers Tuesday as they defeated the Express 11-3 at the Canadian junior fastball championship tournament in Irma, Alta.
The defeat left Napanee with a 1-2 record going into their afternoon game with the Yorkton, Sask., Blue Jays. Saskatoon, the top ranked of three Saskatchewan teams at the nine-team tournament, improved to 2-1.
Napanee fell behind 3-0 in the second inning and a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth gave Saskatoon a 7-1 lead. The Express, which scored 22 runs in its first two games of the tournament, got as close as 7-3 going into the sixth inning but the Diamondbacks scored twice in each of their last two at-bats to seal the victory.
A triple by Justin Boyer and back-to-back home runs by Curtis Piecowye and Brandon Knackstedt chased Napanee starter Ty Sebastian in Saskatoon's four-run fourth. Knackstedt added a two-run double in the sixth.
A two-out single by Jordan Mills delivered Napanee's first run in the second inning, while Jarrett Williams plated the other two with a double in the fifth.
Zach Pierce gained the pitching win. He didn't strike out a batter but he allowed just five Napanee hits.
Saskatoon 030 402 2 - 11 15 0
Napanee 010 020 0 - 3 5 0
Zach Pierce (W,1-0) and Donovan Klassen; Ty Sebastian (L,0-1), Brandon Sands (4), Cole Bolton (5) and Brandon Blunt. HRs: Ssk - Curtis Piecowye (1), Brandon Knackstedt (1).
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