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U18 Voyageurs beat all but the weather
2023-07-08

Competing at the 2023 Freedom Classic last weekend in Michigan, the Sudbury 18U Voyageurs posted an impressive 3-0 record against opponents from the Great Lakes State.

Against the weather, however, the locals went winless.

Unbeaten through preliminary round action, the locals would see both their semi-final and final encounter fall victim to rainouts as the team kicked off the month of July with their first of two U.S.-based tournament appearances.

The team exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning opposite the Michigan 18U Braves, overcoming a 7-4 deficit and posting a 10-7 win.

Coming on in relief of starter Nico Signorile, Liam Norman faced the minimum three batters in the top of the sixth to pick up the win on the mound, tossing just eight pitches in getting the job done.

Offensively, a 14-hit Sudbury attack featured big games from the likes of Noah Leveille (3/4 - 2 RBIs), Jet Bertrand (2/4 - 2 RBIs), Devan Madore (2/3 - 2 runs) and Félix Aubin (2/3).

Facing the 17U Braves in the second half of their double-header, the Voyageurs dominated from start to finish, bouncing the hosts 10-1 as Callum Baron scattered five hits, striking out six and walking only one in earning a complete game victory.

Bertrand was again swingining a hot bat (3/5 - 2 RBIs), joined this time around in the multi-hit column by Will Arsenault (2/3 - 2 RBIs; 2 runs).

The team coached by Steve Donahue also took full advantage of seven free passes, with both Noah Portelance and Noah Leveille drawing a pair of walks each and both crossing the plate twice.

Fired up to face a very tough East Coast Michigan 18U squad on Saturday, the northern Ontario PBLO reps broke open a close affair, scoring five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat their American counterparts 9-2 on Canada Day.

Sudbury starter Ethan Morris overcame the fact that he issued nine base on balls but surrendering only two hits and enticing nine Michigan batters to whiff on three strikes.

Cameron Bauer (2/2 - 3 runs) and Callum Baron (2/3 - 2 runs) were the primary catalysts at the plate, with Noah Leveille, Alex Frawley and Félix Aubin all smacking a couple of safeties each.

Next weekend (July 14th - July 16th), the 18U Voyageurs will join the remaining two teams (14U/16U) in heading to Pittsburgh for a little more competition before returning to close off their league schedule and playoffs later this month.

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