Canada to play U.S. for bronze at women’s World Cup

The Niagara Falls Review - - Sports -

VIERA, FLA. — Tai­wan erased an early four-run deficit to de­feat Canada, 6-4, on Thurs­day in the su­per-round fi­nale for both teams at the women’s base­ball World Cup.

The re­sult means Canada, the de­fend­ing sil­ver medal­lists at the bi­en­nial tour­na­ment, will play the United States for bronze on Fri­day while Tai­wan ad­vanced to the gold-medal game against Ja­pan.

Canada, ranked No. 2 in the world be­hind the pow­er­house Ja­panese, had opened the game with a four-run first in­ning on an er­ror and RBIs from Amanda Asay (two) and Kate Psota.

But Tai­wan replied with three runs in the bot­tom of the first, and three more in the third as the Cana­di­ans com­mit­ted two er­rors.

El­iz­a­beth Gilder started for Canada but didn’t record an out. She al­lowed three runs, three hits, one walk and hit a bat­ter be­fore be­ing re­placed by Han­nah Martensen.

Martensen went three in­nings, al­low­ing three more runs, and Claire Ec­cles closed out the game with three shutout frames.

Ja­pan, which has won 29 straight games en route to five con­sec­u­tive World Cups ti­tles, beat Venezuela 10-0 ear­lier Thurs­day. The No. 3 U.S. played No. 13 Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic in the late game.

The Amer­i­cans won the first two in­stal­ments of the tour­na­ment in 2004 and 2006 be­fore giv­ing way to Ja­pan’s dom­i­nance. Canada has five medals from the pre­vi­ous seven tour­na­ments — three bronze and two sil­vers.

The U.S. beat Canada 5-1 on Wed­nes­day night in sec­on­dround ac­tion, hand­ing the Cana­di­ans their sec­ond loss at the tour­na­ment.

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