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Canada Eyeing Bronze At Baseball World Cup

ITALY – Canada erupted for nine late unanswered scores to deal the Netherlands a 11-5 loss at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup Thursday in Grosseto. With the win, the Canadians qualified for Saturday’s bronze medal game against the runner-up in Pool F.

The Dutch (3-3;7-3) were golden early with a four-run rally in the second highlighted by Hainley Statia’s two-run double. But Canada (4-2;11-2) answered back in the third on a two-run drive off the bat of shortstop Jonathan Malo.

Eugene Kingsale darted home on a groundout by Sidney de Jong in the fifth to increase the lead to 5-2. Then, the Maple Leafs took charge the rest of the way.

Adam Loewen’s two-run single in the sixth closed the gap to 5-4, and Shawn Bowman gave the Canadians their first taste of the lead the next inning with a two-run dinger. Canada finished off the comeback win with five scores in the eighth.

Trystan Magnuson (3-0) picked up the win with two scoreless relief innings.

PUERTO RICO DISPOSES OF TAIWAN

Ruben Gotay and Jose Valentin both homered and Puerto Rico remained in the hunt for a Gold medal with an 8-2 win over Chinese Taipei Thursday in Chieti.

Puerto Rico (3-3;9-4) grabbed a fast two-run lead in the first on RBI hits by Carlos Rivera and Raul Casanova, and Gotay clubbed a solo homer in the third and a two-run double in the fourth.

Valentin led off the fifth with a solo blast and Miguel Abreu added a run-scoring single to give the Caribbean side a commanding 8-0 lead.

Taiwan (1-5;6-7) foiled the shutout in the fifth on a solo homer by Tai-Yung Kuo, and Chia-Hao Chang crossed the plate on a passed ball the following inning.

Luis Atilano (3-0) went the distance giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out four.

VENEZUELA DASHES AUSSIES MEDAL HOPES

Yosnel Garcia connected for a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh, and Rene Reyes swatted a three-run homer an inning later as Venezuela upset Australia 9-4 Thursday in Firenze.

Australia (2-4;8-5) opened the scoring in the second on Stefan Welch’s RBI double, and stretched the lead to 3-0 the next inning on a two-run double off the bat of Chris Snelling. But the South American squad answered back in the bottom of the third.

Jonathan Sivira and Billy Rojo reached on a single and walk, respectively. Leadoff man Dirimo Chavez laced a two-run double into the gap in left center to make it a one-run game.

The Aussies added a score in the fourth on Joel Naughton’s run-scoring hit, but Venezuela (1-5;7-6) kept pace on an RBI sacrifice fly by Garcia in the bottom of the same inning.

Lino Connel reached on a walk to start the game-winning rally in the seventh, and Michael Sandoval and Reyes hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Luis Landaeta knotted the score with a sacrifice fly, and two batters later Garcia put Venezuela ahead for good.

Jose Rodriguez (1-0) worked the final 2 1/3 innings to get the win, while Brendan Wise (0-1) was pinned with the loss.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 02
Dutch 03 03
P.Rico 03 03
Venezuela 01 05

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada 9 – Venezuela 2
Australia 5 – Netherlands 2
United States 3 – Puerto Rico 0
Cuba 8 – Chinese Taipei 0

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

United States 5 – Cuba 3
Puerto Rico 8 – Chinese Taipei 2
Canada 11 – Netherlands 5
Venezuela 9 – Australia 4

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 06 00
Canada 04 02
Australia 02 04
Taiwan 01 05

Photo courtesy of Ratti/FIBS

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