18U BWC: 13-Run Inning gives Canada 7th Place


Canada scores 13 runs in eighth to down Australia 17-3

TAICHUNG CITY STADIUM. After their silver medal in 2012, Canada has to settle for seventh place at the XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung. On Thursday evening they dispatched Australia 17-3 in the classification round game at Taichung City Stadium. 13 runs in the eighth turned the game into a blowout, as Canada’s bats closed out the tournament with a bang.

Canada was already leading 4-3 after a tie-breaking RBI single of Jake Lumley in the top of the seventh, when their offense decided to show off their potential one last time. Aggressive at the plate they attacked the Australian pitching in the eighth. Highlighted by a three-run double of Lumley and two-run home runs by Tyler O’Neill and Gareth Morgan, Canada put 13 runs on the board and put the game into the books with ten-run rule.

In the end all nine players in the Canadian starting lineup had scored at least once, seven even twice. Morgan crossed the plate three times. Lumley finished with four RBI. Samuel Kennelly had two hits and a run for Australia, which scored all three of their runs in the third.

Daniel Procopio issued five hits, three runs (2 ER) and three walks in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Luke Manuel and Sean Ratcliffe closed it out. Nicholas Hutchings issued three hits, three runs and four walks in 5 1/3 strong innings, striking out seven. Bryce Collins ended up with the loss, being responsible for five runs.