Team USA defeats Canada in 2013 Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on July 11, 2013
(Oklahoma, City, OK) The Canadian Men’s Slo-Pitch Team fell behind early and could not catch up with Team USA’s bats, losing the 2013 Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle by a score of 25-10 in five innings in Oklahoma City, OK.
With Canada batting first as the visiting team, Franck Henry (St-Hyacinthe, QC) stroked a one-out single but was quickly erased by an inning-ending double play to keep Canada of the scoreboard. In the bottom of the inning, USA put their two first batters on base before Kevin Filby hit a three-run homerun, giving Team USA a 3-0 lead.
James Kelly (Amherstburg, ON) led off the top of the second inning with a homerun, and after Jeff Zanolli (Taber, AB) and Ryan Wood (Winnipeg, MB) both singled, Al Blais (Maple, ON) launched a three-run homerun to give Canada a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the frame, the Americans re-took the lead by scoring six runs, highlighted by a three-run homerun Bryson Baker and a solo shot by Brian Wegman, putting USA up 9-4. Team Canada cut that lead to 9-7 with three runs in the top of the third on a leadoff homerun by Shawn Germain (St. Paul, AB) and a two-run homer by Kelly, but USA responded once again by adding eight runs to their lead by hitting three singles, two doubles, and a pair of two-run homeruns by Brett Helmer and Robert Blackburn.
After two quick outs, the red and white managed to add two runs to their total in the top of the fourth. Chris Parr (Chilliwack, BC) doubled and scored on a triple by Germain, who scored on a single by Dave Boldt (St. Thomas, ON). However, Boldt was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double to end the inning. With USA already leading 17-9, they proceeded to pile on six more runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase their lead. After a leadoff double, Lee Powers hit a two-run bomb and Canada retired the next two batters, but USA would go on to add a run on an error and a three-run homerun by Johnny McCraw.
Team Canada added a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Zanolli to bring the score to 23-10 for Team USA, but that was all the offence Canada could get going. The Americans hit back-to-back solo homeruns in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the run-ahead rule.
Kelly led Canada at the plate by going three-for-three with two homeruns and four runs batted in, while Henry also collected three hits. Germain had a homerun, a single and two runs batted in, while Zanolli added a pair of singles. Blais chipped in with a three-run homerun, with Boldt, Wood and Parr each adding a hit to round out Canada’s 14 hits.
Chris Parr took the loss in the pitcher’s circle, allowing 25 runs – 21 earned – on 25 hits.
Box score and play-by-play: Canada 10 vs. United States 25
The Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle will air on TSN2 on Sunday, July 14at 6:00pm EDT.
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