Comeback Canadians win in clutch
Team Canada responds after falling behind early to Australia
Team Canada has earned a medal and Sunday will determine it’s colour at the International Softball Federation world championship in Saskatoon.
Jason Hill broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run home run in the fifth inning Friday to pace Canada to an 8-3 victory over Australia.
Canada will play the winner of Friday’s late game between New Zealand and Dominican Republic tonight at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic. The winner of that game will go to Sunday’s final while the loser plays in Sunday’s semifinal.
Australia jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after half an inning Friday night. Canada cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on a Steve Mullaley single and tied it in the third on a wild pitch.
Brad Ezekiel drove in a run in the sixth inning and Mullaley tagged on two more with a single.
St. Lawrence’s Jeff Ellsworth walked twice and scored a run.
Mathieu Roy, Derek Mayson and Ryan Boland also had hits.
Sean Cleary allowed three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out 12 for the win. Adam Folkard, considered by many as the best pitcher in the world, was tagged with the loss. He allowed right runs on seven hits and six walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven.
Jeff Ellsworth has had a good tournament for Canada at the International Softball Federation world championship.