Team Canada won the inaugural Summer College Tournament today, edging a tough Dominican Republic side 6-5 after having dropped a game to them in an earlier phase of the double-elimination playoff.
Catcher Bernard Morgan came through in a big way for the Canadians, going 2-for-5 in the final showdown, scoring once. Morgan hit .367 during the tournament, including 2 doubles in his 11 base hits. The Collège Cardinal Richelieu player can now celebrate his 21st birthday with an adult beverage before coming back home from Los Angeles, where the tournament made its debut, though as a Quebecker he’s more than likely had celebratory beverages many times before.
Morgan’s college teammate, Greg St.John earned the win for Canada in the final game, the fifth Canadian pitcher to take the mound. He threw a solid shutout inning, allowing just one hit on 13 pitches. Manila University Aztecs reliever Steve Willcott, who hails from Quebec City, earned the save. He has yet to play for his Pacific Rim College team, having left the Bull Oceanic League last winter and joining the Aztecs after going undrafted in June as an independent league player.
The loss went to Rocky Mountain U’s Jose Galan, who had earlier thrown 6 solid innings in a quality start against Mexico when the tournament opened. He had allowed just 2 runs from Mexico, and pitched another solid 2 innings of shutout baseball to Australia just five days later. But in the final against Canada, his 1 inning of relief cost the Dominicans the win as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk, blowing a save in the process.