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Saskatchewan claims national championship at Baseball Canada Cup

Team Saskatchewan celebrates its first national title since 1994 at Shell Place on Aug. 7, 2016.

Team Saskatchewan knocked off the three-time defending gold medalists to claim the title of National Champion at the Baseball Canada Cup Sunday.

The prairie province defeated Team British Columbia 6-1 at Shell Place.

“I’m on cloud nine, it’s unbelievable just to get into the medal games is a big accomplishment for us but to win a national championship it’s a dream come true,” said Head Coach Greg Brons following the victory. “It’s what we’ve been working for.”

Saskatchewan took advantage of a strong start from Parker McRae who went 5.2 innings deep allowing just four hits and a single run to earn himself a win on the stat sheet. Offensively the club was led by Stefan Atkinson who went two-for-two at the plate scoring both times. Nolan Machibroda managed three RBI’s and a run in his four turns at the plate.

“It feels great, they [British Columbia] really shoved it against us last year it was an 11-2 game or something like that. They’re always going to be a good club so it was good to come out here with a focused group and a lot of guys that were there last year, it’s great that we showed up today.”

It’s the first time Saskatchewan has won Gold since 1994. With the loss British-Columbia took Silver while Quebec knocked off Newfoundland and Labrador 4-2 in the Bronze medal game.