The Moose Jaw Little League All-Stars aren't having a lot of luck at the Little League Canadian Championship in Ancaster, Ont.
The All-Stars dropped a 9-6 decision to the Atlantic representative Glace Bay Colonels on Saturday, falling to 0-3 on the tournament and needing to win the remainder of their games to have a shot at finishing in the top four and reaching the semifinal.
The Prairie representatives got off to a rough start, as the first six batters for Glace Bay reached base, scoring four runs in the process. A delay to rework the baselines gave starter Trehvan McMorris a chance to settle down, though, and after the break he was able to hold the Atlantic representative to a single run through the next two innings.
Making things all the more difficult were the All-Stars struggles in the field, as they committed five errors through the first four innings and seven in the game – the majority being off-line throws – leading to McMorris giving up only three earned runs of the eight he would allow on the day.
Thing is, the All-Stars weren't able to bring anything home themselves, recording four hits through the first three innings and picking up baserunners but only managing a first-inning run when Javin Boynton doubled home Max Simmons.
Moose Jaw got back on the board in the fourth, using some aggressive baserunning of their own to score McMorris and Gerritt Gulutzan with their second and third runs.
The All-Stars would pick up three more in the sixth inning, keyed by a two-run single by Boynton that scored Simmons and Owen Varjassy, but would come up short in their comeback bid.
Glace Bay starter Keegan O'Neill would go 5 2/3 innings before running up against the 85-pitch limit, scattering 14 hits and benefiting from a defence that played errorless ball behind him.
McMorris would finish the game giving up eight runs – only three earned – in 4 1/3 innings of work before Gulutzan tossed the final 1 2/3, surrendering a single hit and the Atlantic's final run.
Simmons had another good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 while scoring a pair of runs and knocking in one. Boynton finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI; Varjassy, McMorris and Nathan Pisio each had two hits.
The All-Stars now have Sunday off and will take on Alberta representative Calgary West on Monday, B.C.'s Coquitlam on Tuesday and Ottawa West on Wednesday to close out the round robin.