After six consecutive wins and an amazing run at the 2022 Canadian Regionals, the Moose Jaw Major AAA All-Stars fell in the championship game to Team BC 9-4.
Neal Kohl would lead Moose Jaw at the plate going two-for-four with two doubles, and two RBIs. Trey Stanhope and Luke Turner would pick up the team's other two RBIs.
Zaid Guillaume would get the nod to start the game on the mound, coming into Friday’s game with 11 strikeouts in 5.1 innings – the most in the tournament.
He got into some early trouble in the top of the first inning. Team BC would load the bases following two walks and a hit-by-pitch with two outs. Guillaume showed composure and didn’t panic, striking out the sixth batter of the inning to get out unscathed and avoid any damage by Team BC.
After Luke Pratte would line out to the left field, Cohen Symak would get hit by a pitch to put one on with only one out. Next up, Neal Kohl would fly out to right field, but Symak would advance to second. Team BC would strike out Luke Turner to leave Symak on second base to keep the game scoreless.
Graydon Yan for BC would hit the first pitch he saw for a single in the top of the second inning. A wild pitch by Guillaume would advance Yan to second base. The next batter would force a walk putting two men on with still no outs. A bloop single would allow BC to load the bases with no outs.
Guillaume came back and struck out the very next batter to get the first out. Team BC would get on the scoreboard first, and after a groundout to the pitcher, that would bring home the first run of the game. Little Mountain Little League added to their lead after two wild pitches brings home two runs to make it 3-0 for BC.
Following a timeout by head coach, Troy Turner, BC would bring in their fourth run of the inning off a wild pitch making it 4-0.
Though BC would threaten, Guillaume forced a ground out to end the top half of the second inning leading 4-0.
Emery Schoenroth would lead off the bottom of the second inning with a single, and would later get to second base after a wild pitch. Kaiden Gadd would hit into a double play after Schoenroth was caught trying to steal third base. A strikeout by Nigel Legare would end the inning, with BC still leading 4-0.
Moose Jaw would make a pitching change in the top of the third inning, as Jackson Boyle would take over the mound for Guillaume, who pitched two innings allowing four runs on three hits and striking out two. Guillaume would come up big on the defensive side making some key catches to keep the All-Stars in the game.
Following the change, a hit-by-pitch would put one on with no outs, who would later score on a flyball making it 5-0 for BC. Little Mountain would cash in two more runs with the bases loaded after two wild pitches that would make it 7-0.
Moose Jaw would threaten in the bottom of the third inning to get back into the game. After two singles and a hit-by-pitch would load the bases with only one out, Neal Kohl would hit an RBI double to make it 7-3. The very next batter Luke Turner would drive home Luke Pratte to cut the lead to 7-3, with two on and only one out. They would leave the two runners stranded still trailing 7-3.
BC would get two of those runs back in the fourth inning making it 9-3. The All-Stars would go scoreless in their half of the fourth inning, still trailing by six runs.
Though BC threatened in the fifth inning with two on and two outs, a spectacular throw from the centre fielder Kohl would tag out the runner stealing home for the third out, still giving Moose Jaw a chance heading into their bottom half.
One half of the “Flow Bros” Neal Kohl would hit a lead-off double but would be left stranded, BC still leading 9-3 heading into the sixth and final inning.
Neal Kohl’s arm would keep Moose Jaw in the game, after a flyout Kohl would throw a laser home to complete the double play with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Moose Jaw never gave up and like they have all tournament and season remained resilient loading the bases with two outs and down to their final strike Trey Stanhope would hit a single off the pitcher's glove to bring home a run to make it 9-4.
BC would get the final out they needed to win the game 9-4, even with the bases loaded.
Team BC will represent Canada at the 2022 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., beginning on August 17.