ITALY – Trystan Magnuson picked up his fourth win of the tournament and Jimmy van Ostrand homered as Canada beat Puerto Rico 6-2 Saturday to capture the bronze medal at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup.
Canada ended the tournament with a 12-3 record, while Puerto Rico finished with a 10-5 card.
The Canadians chased Puerto Rican starter Melvin Pizarro in the opening frame. Adam Stern led off the game with a groundball single through the right side, and Rene Tosoni reached on a walk before Shawn Bowman cracked an RBI double to send the Caribbean hurler to a quick exit.
Sunday, September 27
Team USA (13-1) VS Cuba (12-2)
Reliever Miguel Mejia fared just slightly better. van Ostrand plated the second run with a sacrifice fly, and Tim Smith followed with an RBI single up the middle to give the Maple Leafs a 3-0 lead.
A two-run blast by Jose Valentin in the second closed the gap to 3-2, and the score remained unchanged until the eighth. Canada added an insurance run on Jonathan Malo’s run-scoring triple, and van Ostrand capped the victory with a two-run drive in the ninth.
Magnuson (4-0) worked another pair of scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts to notch the win.
AUSTRALIA BEATS DUTCH FOR FIFTH PLACE
Stefan Welch drilled a late solo home run and Australia dealt the Netherlands their fourth loss in a row with a 4-1 win Saturday in Messina to claim fifth-place at this year’s Baseball World Cup.
Luke Hughes put the Aussies ahead in the opening frame with a run-scoring base hit, but the Dutch pulled even in the third on Hainley Statia’s RBI single.
Australia plated two scores in the seventh and Welch sealed the victory an inning later with his second long ball in as many days.
David Welch (1-0) worked six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts to get the win.
VENEZUELA TOPS TAIWAN FOR SEVENTH PLACE
Venezuela climbed out of an 0-2 hole with six late runs to beat Taiwan 6-3 Saturday in Firenze and finish the Baseball World Cup in seventh-place.
Taiwan took a 1-0 lead in the third on a run-scoring single by Tai-Yung Kuo, and added another score in the fifth on Kun-Sheng Lin’s RBI hit. But the South Americans pulled even in the sixth on a two-run single off the bat of shortstop Dirimo Chavez.
Venezuela tasted the lead for the first time the following inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Jonathan Sivira, and cleanup hitter Rene Reyes finished off the victory with a two-run single in the eighth.
Johan Lopez (1-0) notched the win out of the bullpen, while Yu-Ching Lin (3-1) suffered his first loss of the tournament.
Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini, IBAF/Fibs