CORNER BROOK At the 2013 CitiFinancial 21-Under (Junior) Championships in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Blazers could not muster much offence against a strong British Columbia team — who handed them a second loss of the tournament — by a score of 11-1 .
Andrew Mercer of Mount Pearl was the top hitter for the Blazers going 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Corner Brook native Grant Vincent went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Myles Vincent went 0-for-2 with a walk in the game, while Pasadena native Daniel Hearn also went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
Randy Reid suffered the loss on the mound for the Blazers as he could last just 1/3 of an inning before surrendering six runs on four hits.
It was then Nick Rose who replaced Reid, but did not fare any better against a potent B.C. lineup, went 1/3 of the first inning giving up three runs on two hits and one walk.
The third and final pitcher relief pitcher was Michael Glynn — who went three and 1/3 innings — allowing two runs on five hits and four walks.
Earlier in the day, the Blazers opened the tournament with a 10-1 loss to Quebec with only four hits to show against one of the powerhouses vying for the crown in Dartmouth this weekend.
Joey Connors was the top hitter for the Blazers going 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Vincent — who played left field — went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Vincent played third base for the tournament opener and went 0-3, while Hearn, who patrolled centre, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Andrew Mercer took the pitching loss after surrendering nine runs on 10 hits and two walks.
Glynn, in relief of Mercer, allowed one run on two hits in one inning of mound duty for the Blazers.
The Blazers have one game on the slate today — a showdown with the host Dartmouth squad scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. NL start.
In the meanwhile, at the 18-Under (Midget) Championships in Trois-Riviéres, Que., Corner Brook native Daniel McCarthy and his Newfoundland and Labrador team were also unsuccessful during the first day of their tournament.
The provincial team lost 13-3 to Saskatchewan in their first game of action, while the score of the second game against Nova Scotia was unavailable by press time.
The midget team’s next game is scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m. N.L. time against Prince Edward Island.