Canada Finishes ISF Junior Men’s World Softball Championship Preliminary Round with Win over Singapore
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on July 19, 2014
In the top of the first, Canadian pitcher Eric Healey (Chapels Cove, NL) retired Singapore in order on two groundouts and a strikeout. In the bottom of the frame, Pauli was hit by a pitch to start the inning but Canada was unable to advance him any further. Singapore went down in order again in the second, while Rene led off the bottom of the inning with a triple but two fly outs and a strikeout kept him from scoring.
Singapore was able to push two runs across without getting a hit in the top of the third. The first batter reached on a dropped third strike followed by an error to put runners on the corners. The runner on first stole second, and after a strikeout, the following batter hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field, with the other runner moving up to third on later scoring on a wild pitch. Canada’s bats woke up in the bottom of the third, as they scored five runs on five hits to take a 5-2 lead. Zach MacKay (Irma, AB) led off with a double and quickly scored on a two-run shot by Pauli. Nick Penner (New Hamburg, ON) walked, and after he advanced to second on a wild pitch, he scored on a single by Taylor Schubada (Irma, AB). Josh Elliot (Prince Albert, SK) singled to put runners on the corners, and another triple by Rene pushed both runners in to score.
In the fourth inning, Singapore got its leadoff hitter on base on an error, but they could not move him around to score, and Canada went down in order. Singapore got another runner on base in the fifth on a one-out walk, but was once again not able to move the runner ahead. In the bottom of the fifth, Elliot hit a leadoff double followed by a single by Rene before Justin Ganie (Irma, AB) hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Elliot.
Singapore got into the hit column with a one-out single, with the runner advancing to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout before scoring on another passed ball. In the bottom of the frame, Canada quickly loaded the bases on a pair of walks to MacKay and Pauli and a single Penner. Schubada drove in MacKay with a sacrifice fly, and Rene hit another single to score Pauli and increase Canada’s lead to 8-3. In the top of the seventh, Singapore got a one-out walk and a single to put runners on the corners, followed by a run-scoring single by Tan Ivan. The following batter reached on an error with another run crossing the plate on the play as Singapore cut the lead to 8-5. However, a pair of strikeouts finished the game for Canada.
Box Score: Canada 8 vs. Singapore 5
Healey pitched the complete game win for Canada, allowing five runs – only one earned – on three hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Rene went four-for-four at the plate with three runs batted in, while Elliot had a double, a single and two runs scored. Pauli added a two-run homerun, with Penner, Schubada and MacKay getting Canada’s other hits.
Other scores on the last day of preliminary round competition at the ISF X Junior Men’s World Championship were:
- Argentina 19 vs. Denmark 0 (3 innings)
- New Zealand 7 vs. Mexico 0 (5 innings)
- Japan 11 vs. Czech Republic 0 (4 innings)
- Australia 8 vs. United States 0 (5 innings)
Argentina (9-0), New Zealand (8-1), Australia (6-3) and Japan (6-3) qualified for the championship round, with the other six teams of the United States (5-4), Mexico (4-5), Canada (4-5), the Czech Republic (2-7), Denmark (1-8) and Singapore (0-9) competing in the consolation round.
Canada (7th) will take on Singapore (10th) at 1:30pm PDT, with the winner advancing to play Mexico (6th) at 5:00pm PDT. Other matchups in the consolation round on Saturday will see the Czech Republic (8th) play Denmark (9th) at 2:30pm PDT with the winner of that game advancing to play the United States (5th) at 7:30pm PDT).
In the championship round, Japan (3rd) will compete against Australia (4th) at 4:00pm PDT with the winner advancing to the medal round against the losing team of the game between Argentina (1st) and New Zealand (2nd), which is scheduled for 6:00pm PDT.
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