Canada chas­ing gold

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

AJAX, ONT. - Canada has ad­vanced to the gold-medal fi­nal in men’s soft­ball at the Pan Am Games. They got there with a 2-0 vic­tory over Ar­gentina in the one-two game Fri­day night. Prince Ed­ward Is­lan­der Jeff Ellsworth had two walks in the game, and scored Canada’s sec­ond run on a Derek Mayson hit. Mayson hit 2-for-2, scored a run and drove in a run. Bran­don Horn and Steve Mullaley both went 2-for-3. Af­ter be­ing walked twice, Ellsworth lined out to third in his third at-bat. Ellsworth, who has a con­tin­gent of fam­ily and friends at the tour­na­ment, is thrilled about head­ing to the fi­nal, just two weeks af­ter help­ing Canada win the In­ter­na­tional Soft­ball Fed­er­a­tion (ISF) world cham­pi­onship. And what would it be like to win gold again? “It would be pretty spe­cial,” he ad­mit­ted. Sean Cleary pitched a com­pete game for the Cana­di­ans, al­low­ing just one hit and a walk while strik­ing out seven. “He’s our ace,” Ellsworth said of Cleary, an­tic­i­pat­ing he will likely get the start in Satur­day’s cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

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