All-Stars ice Glace Bay at Little League nationals

A two-run double by Timothy Piasentin in the fifth inning broke open a 1-1 tie as the Coquitlam All-Stars defeated the Glace Bay Cardinals 6-4 Friday at the Canadian Little League championships in Ancaster, Ont. It was the All-Stars second victory in as many games.

All-Stars coach Robert Piasentin said the team is still adjusting to the pressure and spotlight of competing for a national championship and it takes the players a few innings to get comfortable at the plate. And against a scrappy team from Nova Scotia it needed some solid defensive play to stay in the game until the bats started connecting.

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Timothy Piasentin’s double was followed three batters later by another two-run hit, this time by Nathan Lo, to pad the All-Stars’ lead to 5-1.

Black Bay fought back to make the score close, but Brady Dorwart took the mound to earn the save.

Robert Piasentin said he’s pleased by the team’s progress in the pressure-cooker tournament.

“Our boys continue to show toughness and mettle,” he said.

And with an off day Saturday, they’ll be able to relax and soak in the atmosphere while steeling themselves for the week-long grind ahead.

“The boys are now realizing that this is going to be another marathon of baseball games,” he said. “We will have to fight hard to win a few of these games.”

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