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World Baseball Challenge in Prince George July 16-26

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Friday, 10 July 2009 09:57
The Enbridge Northern Gateway World Baseball Challenge takes place at Citizen Field in Prince George July 16-26.

UBC Head Coach Terry McKaig is coaching the Team Canada entry in this tournament, and Cav Whitely, Shawn Corness, and Wayne Corness are assistant coaches. The Team Canada roster includes the following Thunderbirds (or incoming Thunderbirds): Greg Densem, Alex White, Sammie Starr, Jordan Padrinao, Nic Lendvoy, Brandon Kaye, Eric Brown, Matt Bannister, Taylor King, Dan Britton-Foster, Shawn Hetherington, and Sheldon McDonald. Team Canada’s first game is Saturday, July 18, vs, Team BC. Their second game is Sunday, July 19, vs. the USA National Team, at 7 PM.

There will be free streaming video coverage of all tournament games at

Thunderbird alumnus Mike Styrna is on the roster of Team BC. Former Thunderbird Shawn Schaefer is playing for the Prince George Axemen.

July 18: Team Canada 6, Team BC 2: box score Jordan Padrinao and Nic Lendvoy each batted in a run. Team BC was held to three hits; Sheldon McDonald started, went five innings, allowed only one hit. Eric Brown pitched two hitless innings, Mark Hardy allowed one hit in one inning of work. Canada scored four runs on Aaron Myette, who spent six years in the Major Leagues.

July 19: USA 5, Team Canada 2: Story box score A very good effort against a very good team. Sammie Starr scored one of Team Canada’s two runs on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Atkinson (New Mexico), and Nic Lendvoy got the other RBI on a fielder’s choice. UBC supplied all of the pitching. Danny Britton-Foster started, went six innings, allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five, and Canada led 2-1 after five innings. Taylor King allowed one run on three hits in two inninngs, struck out two. Shawn Hetherington pitched the ninth inning, allowed one run on two hits. Starr got two of Canada’s four hits.

July 20: Team Canada 14, The Bahamas 0: box score The main stories here were the non-UBC players; Jordan Rawlyk (Monterey Peninsula JC) pitched five no-hit innings, and Kevin Atkinson (New Mexico) went 5-5 with two HR’s, two doubles, and six RBI. However, Brandon Kaye and Matt Bannister each pitched an inning to complete the no-hitter. Sammie Starr was 2-5 with a double.

July 22: Team Canada 9, Germany 3: box score Huge game for Jordan Padrinao, who went 3-4 with a double and two RBI, made several excellent plays at third base. Also an excellent start by Matt Bannister, who went six innings, allowed two runs on three hits, and five strikeouts against a team that beat USA the previous day. Dan Britton-Foster pitched two innings, allowed one run on two hits.

July 23: Team Canada 15, Prince George Axemen 2: Box score Awesome performances by Jordan Padrinao (4-6 with an double and an RBI) and Taylor King (five innings pitched, three hits, seven strikouts). Mark Hardy and Brandon Kaye each pitched one-hit innings.

July 24: USA 1, Team Canada 0: Story box score Starter Jordan Rawlyk was excellent, reliever Eric Brown was even better (no runs on one hit in four innings), but the USA’s Gerritt Cole (UCLA) was immaculate: complete game shutout, only two hits (one of them by Nic Lendvoy). There was some nastiness over a slide into second by Lendvoy to break up a double play, injuring Cal State-Fullerton star Christian Colon.

July 25: Germany 4, Team Canada 2: box score Germany got one more shot against the USA. Team Canada out-hit Germany 11-10, out-fielded them zero errors to two, and they were even on bases on balls (two). The difference was, Germany left only four runners on base, Canada left 11.

Nic Lendvoy was 2-4, Sammie Starr was 2-5 with a double. Dan Britton-Foster went five innings, allowed two runs on six hits. Brandon Kaye pitched the remaining four innings, allowed two runs on four hits.

Stats for the entire tournament – Padrinao hit .346, and Eric Brown allowed one hit and no runs in six innings.

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