The Brandon Cloverleafs narrowly missed bringing home a medal from the Canadian Senior AAA baseball championship in Windsor, Ont.
The squad battled back from a 7-1 deficit after four innings in the bronze-medal match to close the gap to one midway through the sixth, but that’s as close as the Cloverleafs could come as they fell 10-6 to the Ontario representatives and settled for a fourth-place finish.
Sean Dryden struggled in the game, giving up six runs and eight hits in three innings to take the loss. He gave way to Ryan Shaw —who was charged with the other four runs — and Cole Stober, who closed out the game for Brandon.
Jesse Bartle had a great game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Mitch Olson added a pair of hits, scored once and drove in a pair, while Ryan Johnson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Cloverleafs dropped to the bronze-medal game with a 1-0 loss to British Columbia earlier in the semifinals earlier in the day. The game was scoreless until Jesse Peters hit a two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth.
Anthony Friesen, who pitched into the ninth inning, took the loss. Ryan Johnson was the only Cloverleaf to get more than one hit in the game.
Brandon capped its round robin with an 11-2 win over Alberta 2 to finish the preliminary round with a 2-2 record, good enough to advance to the quarter-finals.
The Cloverleafs then knocked out New Brunswick 2 with a 4-1 victory.
Garrett Popplestone led the way with a pair of hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Stober was the winning pitcher.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 26, 2013