Simon Menier came up with the clutch hit in the top of the seventh, knocking in the go-ahead runs to give Team Red the 5–3 victory over Team Navy in the opening game of the Blue Jays’ Tournament 12.
Menier came up with men on second and third at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday, and grounded an RBI single into right field, scoring both runners.
The Chicoutimi-native had two hits and three RBIs for the winners, while teammate Owen Caissie, of Burlington, Ont., had a double, two runs batted in, a pair of walks, and two stolen bases, to lead Team Red.
Caissie was chosen Player of the Game.
Pitcher Drew Howard, of Whitby, Ont., picked up the win throwing two scoreless innings of relief.
Tournament 12 features the best draft and college aged high schooler from across Canada.
Navy’s Riley Silva drove in the tying run to knot the game up at 3–3 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single.
Team Navy jumped to a 2-0 lead in the early innings before Red came right back. Antony Gilbert, of Quebec City, hit a double to centre field sending Nicolas Dechamps home for the team’s first run.
Caissie then struck a double of his own one batter later, cashing in Gilbert to tie the game at 2–2. The final run of the inning came with Caissie reaching home off of a ground rule double by Menier to deep left field.
Team Navy got off to a quick start, with one of their fastest players in Silva walking, stealing second, and then moving to third on a passed ball into centre. He scored the first run of the game moments later off an RBI by Luis Pimentel Guerrero.
Guerrero himself scored minutes later off a wild pitch (and following a double steal) to close out the bottom of the first and put his squad at a 2–0 advantage.