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Nationals fall to Quebec in Little League semifinal

Port Arthur falls 8-5 to Quebec squad.

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. -- The Port Arthur Nationals' quest for a national title fell short one game away from the final.

The Nationals were downed 8-5 by Quebec's Mirabel Diamond Academy in the semifinal of the Canadian Little League Championship on Friday in Medicine Hat.

Both teams did all of their scoring in the contest's first and final innings, with the Quebec squad plating four runs in each of the first and sixth frames with Port Arthur only responding with three and two respectively.

Quebec was powered by William Alexis Brault, who drove in seven of the runs with two home runs, including a first inning grand slam.

Mike Danchuk sparked the Nationals offence, driving in all five runs courtesy of a pair of dingers. 

Danchuk, who pitched the final inning, was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs while Leonard Lamoureux picked up the win for Quebec.

The Nationals had sported a 5-1 record in round robin play, including a previous victory over the Quebec club.

Quebec will face British Columbia's White Rock in the final.