Come­back Cana­di­ans win in clutch

Team Canada re­sponds af­ter fall­ing be­hind early to Aus­tralia

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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